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Saudi money to former officials

Reader comment on item: What Riyadh Buys [in Washington]

Submitted by Brian Kheel (United States), Dec 12, 2002 at 11:01

It is distressing to know that former gov't officials can so easily go onto the payroll of foreign interests. But this is really a problem with the policies of our gov't. Can we blame the Saudis from taking advantage with their money if our own gov't does not prohibit it?

As an NYC employee, I cound not retire and then go to work for a company doing business with the city for, I believe, 3 years.

Recent articles in the NY Times have discussed the pressure that the Saudi gov't is under from ultraconservative religious elements in their country who, for instance, would expel all US military forces and would, given the opportunity, replace the current govt with one much like the Taliban.

Is the bottom line that, as bad as they are, the US still derives benefit from the Saudi govt and that it would not be in the US interest to undermine the current Saudi gov't?

Brian Kheel

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