I hate to give away the introduction to my next article, but this can’t wait. â€“Former Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz to Sam Tannenhaus Vanity Fair, May 9th, 2003:
“There are a lot of things that are different now [that the U.S. occupies Iraq], and one that has gone by almost unnoticed â€“ but it’s huge â€“ is that … we can now remove almost all of our forces from Saudi Arabia. Their presence there over the last 12 years has been a source of enormous difficulty for a friendly government. It’s been a huge recruiting device for al Qaeda.
“In fact if you look at bin Laden, one of his principle grievances was the presence of so-called crusader forces on the holy land, Mecca and Medina. I think just lifting that burden from the Saudis is itself going to open the door to other positive things.
Hat tip to Thomas Woods at LRC.