Abdullah got terrible advice and followed it. Foremost the advice came from his own Washington Ambassador, the much despised Bandar Bin Sultan, who pushed NYTimes columnist Tom Friedman on him and launched 'The Saudi Plan' in the pages of the Israeli-oriented New York Times. Read back over MER commentaries in the past year as these matters developed.
Advanced US weapons in Saudi hands to face US and Israel?
Saudi Arabia's Prince Abdullah could face palace coup
By DOUGLAS DAVIS, Jerusalem Post Jul. 28, 2002
LONDON -- Officials at the Foreign Office are reported to fear that Saudi
Arabia's pro-Western Crown Prince Abdullah could face a palace coup by
elements of the royal family that support al-Qaida, the London Observer
Foreign Office officials here are quoted as saying that the failure of
Abdullah's recent Middle East peace initiative could have fatally undermined
With the kingdom said to be "teetering on the brink of collapse," and
anti-government demonstrations sweeping the country, Saudi sources said the
Pentagon recently sponsored a secret conference to look at options if the
royal family fell.
Abdullah's main rival, Defense Minister Prince Sultan, has been outspoken in
his opposition to Abdullah's pro-Western policy, while his brother, Interior
Minister Prince Naif, has led a crackdown on the Saudi media in the wake of
the demonstrations to stop any word of them from being published.
Abdullah has even reportedly sent his own representative to Washington to
counter the influence of Sultan's son, Bandar, who is Saudi Arabia's
ambassador to the US.
Anti-Abdullah elements within the Saudi government are also thought to have
resulted in a recent wave of bomb attacks on Western targets by Islamic