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    Gates Wants Saudi Help in Pakistan

    By Al Pessin
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    04 May 2009
    U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates says he wants Saudi Arabia to help forge a political consensus in Pakistan that it must deal with the threat from the Taliban, al-Qaida and related militant groups. The secretary spoke to reporters on his aircraft, while on his way to Cairo and Riyadh, telling them, "The Saudis, in particular, have considerable influence in Pakistan."
    American officials have been working for months to convince Pakistani officials to shift their focus from the threat they perceive from India to what they see as the more immediate and dangerous threat from militants inside Pakistan. And, they say they have made some progress.
    Still, as he began this trip to the Middle East late Sunday, Secretary Gates said he believes Saudi leaders can help move that process even further along. He said, "I think whatever they can do to help bring the Pakistanis together in a broader sense to deal with the challenge to the government in Islamabad, obviously would be welcome."
    The secretary says he also wants to strengthen the U.S. defense relationship with both Saudi Arabia and Egypt, both of which he has visited several times when he worked for previous American administrations.

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    More interference from coach, just what the Pakistanis need.

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    I thought US and Saudi ties were pretty damn strong already?

    but its about time other countries in the region take their responsibility..

    this is not a pakistan, or US, or A-stan problem, this is a world problem

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    Quote Originally Posted by Laworkerbee View Post
    More Saudi interference from coach, just what the Pakistanis need.
    Do you think they are going to help out?

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    Quote Originally Posted by chefjavier View Post
    Do you think they are going to help out?
    sooner or later, i don't think they've a choice not to..

    a taliban infected Pakistan is not good for anyone in the region.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chefjavier View Post
    Do you think they are going to help out?
    I'll wait to see what MG3 says.

    The house of Saud walks a very fine line in trying to control it's own country so perhaps they can share a thing or two with the Pakistani's.

    Quote Originally Posted by *zeven* View Post
    a taliban infected Pakistan is not good for anyone in the region.
    A Taliban infected Pakistan has very little effect on Saudi Arabia.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Laworkerbee View Post
    I'll wait to see what MG3 says.

    The house of Saud walks a very fine line in trying to control it's own country so perhaps they can share a thing or two with the Pakistani's.



    A Taliban infected Pakistan has very little effect on Saudi Arabia.
    True right now, but the viruz still coming closer and who knows what they can try to do, in the future.

    i'm just saying. Taliban is like the pest in the middle east.

    Not to mention, Saudi and western relations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by *zeven* View Post
    True right now, but the viruz still coming closer and who knows what they can try to do, in the future.
    I hear you.

    The Pashtun Taliban would have a short shelf life in Saudi. The Wahhabi's would eat them up for their tribal ways and for not following Sharia to the letter.

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    The house of Saud have their hands full with Somali refugees trying to enter the country from south Yemen, and an al-Qaida aligned
    Zaydi Shia insurgency in north Yemen. That is before addressing the uncomfortable possibility of Wahhabism destabilizing Saudi Arabia.
    Weren’t they approached by Cheney on this subject a few years ago?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Netzach View Post
    The house of Saud have their hands full with Somali refugees trying to enter the country from south Yemen, and an al-Qaida aligned
    Zaydi Shia insurgency in north Yemen. That is before addressing the uncomfortable possibility of Wahhabism destabilizing Saudi Arabia.
    Weren’t they approached by Cheney on this subject a few years ago?
    I never found out who accompanied Cheney on that visit, whoever it was had something important to say....I think Cheney was simply providing the introductions.

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    Not to come off as a negative nancy but, isn't Saudi "help" one of the reasons we find ourselves in some of the situations we face today?

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    Asking Saudis for help in fighting Islamic extremism would be like asking Krispy Kreme to help you lose weight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dave81 View Post
    Asking Saudis for help in fighting Islamic extremism would be like asking Krispy Kreme to help you lose weight.
    Great comment there-I see where you've been hanging out lately...

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    If anything, the Saudis should've been there since September 2001 with us.. Saudi citizens dropped more cash in Pakistan during the Soviet invasion of A'stan than bob barker's entire game show career

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    Saudi help is exactly what we need. Their help in reforming the legal system, educational and religious institutions would do a lot of good.

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