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Question for August 6: Saudi Arabia: Friend or Foe?
The Pentagon distanced itself Tuesday from a defense think tank recommendation that the United States target Saudi oil fields and financial assets if the Arab nation doesn't do more to fight terrorism.
The suggestion was made in a briefing to the Defense Policy Board, a group of intellectuals and former senior officials that advises the Pentagon. The government-funded briefing was produced by Laurent Murawiec, a Rand Corp. analyst and former adviser to the French Defense Ministry.
Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld said disclosure of details of the classified briefing was harmful because it incorrectly created the impression that the briefing represented the government's view on Saudi Arabia.
"Saudi Arabia is like any other country -- it has a broad spectrum of activities and things, some of which ... we agree with and some that we may not," Rumsfeld said at a Town Hall meeting with Pentagon employees.