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The Strong Horse

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Submitted by Paul la Demain (United States), Feb 16, 2010 at 03:49

Kudos to Lee Smith and Daniel Pipes! They got it! Certainly the Saudis understood the Strong Horse principle. But they went about weakening the American horse in a more subtle manner--by cultivating needy or greedy or avaricious US politicians and bureaucrats then plying them with loans, gifts, honorariums and flatteringly excessive "speaker's fees." To the Arab mind, those who are eager to receive their largesse not only are subordinate to their benefactors but also and simultaneously become obligated to reciprocate.

Worse still, these US factotums were so eager to reciprocate (perhaps anticipating further largesse) that they conferred powers and dispensed privileges and advantages to the Arabs; powers and privileges and advantages that rightfully belong not to themselves but only to the electorate that put the recipients of Arab largesse in government office. Another utterance of bin Laden must also be addressed: Immediately after 9/11 he stated that his aim (in attacking the US) was to destroy the US economy.

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