Our "ally" Saudi Arabia
(AFP) "Saudi King Abdullah, whose country is a close US ally, on Wednesday slammed the "illegitimate foreign occupation" of Iraq in an opening speech to the annual Arab summit in Riyadh."
(The NYTimes translates it as "illegal foreign occupation.")
(AFP) At the Arab League meeting, the Saudis brought back the mideast peace settlement that that the US and Israelis have repeatedly shot down. (A step back from the last negotiations.)
(WaPo) King Abdullah, without explanation, cancels his attendence at a White House gala scheduled specifically for him in mid-April.
So, what's going on? Why now? Why today?