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A Slippery Alliance36:17
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photoIt's been a solid, but stormy, alliance between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia for more than 60 years. Oil and military interests have glued the U.S.-Saudi relationship intact, but what happens when the Saudis say no to miltary action in Iraq? The Bush team is divided on trusting the Saudis, and busily moving troops into surrounding territory.

Domestically, the Saud Family is painting a self-portrait as independent from the West.

Guests:

Simon Henderson, adjunct scholar with the Washington Institute for Near East Policy;Gary Sick, director of Middle East Institute at Columbia University

Romesh Ratnesar, staff writer for Time covering foreign affairs;

This program aired on August 13, 2002.

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