Iran's Muslim neighbors exhort America to attack nuke sites

Rick Moran
Laura Rozen wisely points out that most of the statements attributed to US policy makers in the Wikileak docs follow closely the public statements made by officials regarding Iran.

The one big surprise is in the attitude of Saudi Arabia and other frontline states who devoutly wish the US would use military force to deal with the Iranian nuclear program:

Saudi King Abdullah has "frequently exhorted the U.S. to attack Iran to put an end to its nuclear weapons programme," the Guardian cited one U.S. cable."He told you [Americans] to cut off the head of the snake," said Adel al-Jubeir, the Saudi ambassador to Washington, according to a report on Abdullah's meeting with Gen. David Petraeus in April 2008.

While senior Saudi Arabian officials have publicly expressed skepticism that international sanctions would be sufficient to curtail Iran's nuclear program and its alleged efforts to destabilize regional states, they have mostly refrained from publicly calling for military action against Iran - although such views have been described as having been privately expressed to senior American officials by the Saudis and other Arab states, Washington Iran watchers have said.

"Sanctions are a long-term solution" for Iran's nuclear program, Saudi Foreign Minister Saud Al Faisal said in a joint news conference with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Riyadh in February 2010. "But we see the issue in the shorter term."

Kind of puts the kibosh on leftist sympathizers with Iran in this country who claim loudly and often that the mullahs are no threat to the US or our interests.




Laura Rozen wisely points out that most of the statements attributed to US policy makers in the Wikileak docs follow closely the public statements made by officials regarding Iran.

The one big surprise is in the attitude of Saudi Arabia and other frontline states who devoutly wish the US would use military force to deal with the Iranian nuclear program:

Saudi King Abdullah has "frequently exhorted the U.S. to attack Iran to put an end to its nuclear weapons programme," the Guardian cited one U.S. cable.

"He told you [Americans] to cut off the head of the snake," said Adel al-Jubeir, the Saudi ambassador to Washington, according to a report on Abdullah's meeting with Gen. David Petraeus in April 2008.

While senior Saudi Arabian officials have publicly expressed skepticism that international sanctions would be sufficient to curtail Iran's nuclear program and its alleged efforts to destabilize regional states, they have mostly refrained from publicly calling for military action against Iran - although such views have been described as having been privately expressed to senior American officials by the Saudis and other Arab states, Washington Iran watchers have said.

"Sanctions are a long-term solution" for Iran's nuclear program, Saudi Foreign Minister Saud Al Faisal said in a joint news conference with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Riyadh in February 2010. "But we see the issue in the shorter term."

Kind of puts the kibosh on leftist sympathizers with Iran in this country who claim loudly and often that the mullahs are no threat to the US or our interests.