Cato Daily Dispatch for October 22, 2003: “Report: Pakistan, Saudi Arabia in Nukes-for-Oil Deal
‘Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have concluded a secret agreement on ‘nuclear cooperation’ that will provide the Saudis with nuclear-weapons technology in exchange for cheap oil, according to a ranking Pakistani insider,’ reports The Washington Times.
‘The disclosure came at the end of a 26-hour state visit to Islamabad last weekend by Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler, who flew across the Arabian Sea with an entourage of 200, including Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al Faisal and several Cabinet ministers.’
In ‘Pakistan in America’s War against Terrorism: Strategic Ally or Unreliable Client?’, Leon T. Hadar, Cato research fellow in foreign policy studies, writes: ‘Following the Sept. 11 attacks, ‘Islamabad still regarded Afghanistan as a strategic ally and ideological associate. Afghan training camps and Afghan recruits helped to prepare the next Pakistani-instigated insurgency against the Indians in Kashmir and to spread radical Islamic ideas and institutions around the world through ‘jihad-international’ brigades, some of which were tied to the al-Qaeda network.’
Cato Senior Fellow Doug Bandow says that it’s time for the United States to rethink its relationship with the Saudis. In ‘Befriending Saudi Princes: A High Price for a Dubious Alliance,’ he writes: ‘The United States must not retreat from the world. But it should stop intervening militarily and supporting illegitimate and unpopular regimes where its vital interests are not involved, as in Saudi Arabia.'”