I’ve been thinking (don’t say it) and I wonder if we’re not choosing our next foes with an eye towards impressing the Saudis and Egyptians. You hear “Somalia” and you think “Africa”, and that’s where it is all right, but look how close it is to Saudi Arabia. Iraq, of course, shares a border with the Saudis, and Sudan — a lesser possibility — shares one with Egypt and is across the Red Sea from Arabia. We’ve put pressure on Yemen, another Saudi neighbor. Meanwhile, we seem to be more or less ignoring the Philippines and Indonesia, despite known al-Qaeda groups operating in those countries.
There’s nothing wrong with this. War isn’t fought for its own sake, but for political means. The whole point of this exercise, lest we forget, is to wipe out terrorism, especially terrorism against us. All the evidence suggests — despite the public spin of the Administration — that the biggest source of terrorism in the world right now is Saudi Arabia. Osama, of course, is a Saudi, al-Qaeda is largely funded by him and other Saudis. His primary associates seem to be mostly Saudis or Egyptians. The WTC attackers were mostly Saudis. While the Saudi government itself isn’t sponsoring terror directly, they aren’t doing anything about it. So we put on a show.