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

Submitted by Carey E. Stronach (United States), Dec 12, 2002 at 19:19

The mutual fascination of deep-pocketed Saudi bigwigs with American politicians and State-Department bureaucrats is not surprising. I have seen an analogous phenomenon at a much lower level. There is an incredibly incompetent administrator in a very high position at our (state-supported) university. He remains in that position in spite of blunder after blunder after blunder. But he wines and dines all the politicians with the right connections, whether they be Democrats or Republicans. And he stays and stays and stays, while the institution goes down the tubes.

Let's hope that Congress takes some strong corrective action before the corrupting influence of Saudi money takes American foreign policy down the tubes.

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