by Robert Fisk
The enemies of the House of Saud want to make the kingdom
ungovernable - just as America's enemies in Iraq want to make its
. . . the Saudi royal family - that part still desperate for US
assistance - provided plenty of reasons during the Anglo-American
invasion of Iraq for their Arab enemies to attack them.
For although they publicly said the US would not use Saudi military
facilities during the war, they allowed the Americans to direct 2700
air sorties a day from the Prince Sultan Air Base - far more
damagingly, they gave secret permission for 200 US aircraft at the
base to fly 700 combat missions over Iraq daily.
The Jordanians suspect the bombing of their embassy in Baghdad was
retaliation for a secret military operation in which 26 US F/A-18
fighter bombers flew missions from a Jordanian air base to bomb
Iraqi air force facilities possibly able to fire missiles at Israel.