So says Maureen Dowd over at the New York Times (free registration required) and I have to admit she has me convinced as well. She’s commenting on Dick’s recent attempt at making the case for going to war with Iraq to a bunch of veterans on Monday and she thinks it’s such a good idea that we should expand the nations we’re cleaning up beyond Iraq to include Saudi Arabia.
O.K., I’m on board. Let’s declare war on Saudi Arabia! Let’s do “regime change” in a kingdom that gives medieval a bad name.
By overthrowing the Saudi monarchy, the Cheney-Rummy-Condi-Wolfy-Perle-W. contingent could realize its dream of redrawing the Middle East map.
Once everyone realizes that we’re no longer being hypocrites, coddling a corrupt, repressive dictatorship that sponsors terrorism even as we plot to crush a corrupt, repressive dictatorship that sponsors terrorism, it will transform our relationship with the Arab world.
She goes on to provide her own reasons for why this expansion to include Saudi Arabia would be a good idea:
If America is going to have a policy of justified pre-emption, in Henry Kissinger’s clinical phrase, why not start by chasing out those sorry Saudi royals? If we’re willing to knock over Saddam for gassing the Kurds, we should be willing to knock over the Saudis for letting the state-supported religious police burn 15 girls to death last March in a Mecca school, forcing them back inside a fiery building because they tried to flee without their scarves. And shouldn’t we pre-empt them before they teach more boys to hate American infidels and before they can stunt the lives of more women?
The vice president declared on Monday, “This nation will not live at the mercy of terrorists or terror regimes.” I am absolutely with him.
Why should we (and our S.U.V.‘s) be at the mercy of this family that we arm and protect and go to war for? The Saudis have never formally apologized to America for the 15 Saudi citizens who came here and killed 3,000 Americans as they went to work one sun-dappled September morning. They have never even tried to rewrite their incendiary terrorist-breeding textbooks or stop their newspapers from spewing anti-American, anti-Semitic lies, like their stories accusing Jews of drinking children’s blood. They brazenly held a telethon, with King Fahd and Crown Prince Abdullah giving millions, to raise money for families of Palestinian suicide bombers, or “martyrs.” Last week the Saudi embassy here put out a glossy brochure hailing their “humanitarian work” at the telethon.
She raises some excellent points and I can’t find much fault with her argument as it’s a lot stronger than what the Bush administration is offering for a strike on Iraq. So what the hell! If we’re going to do this preemptive thing then let’s do it right and just clean up the whole region starting with Iraq and moving on to the Saudis. After we make examples of those two nations I’m sure the others will get themselves in line with the program real quick before we have to open too many more cans of whupass.