Guess who wants those “28 pages”:http://varnam.nationalinterest.in/archives/000166.html to be made public — the Saudis. And they rightly point out that
bq. Asked whether the Saudis wanted the material declassified, this diplomatic source said, “That would be one way to stop some of the reckless things and one of the things to be discussed.”
and even Republicans agree that there is nothing wrong with it.
bq. Also Sunday, Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.), chairman of the Senate banking committee, called for the release of the 28 pages, saying the Bush administration was withholding them because they “might be embarrassing to some international relations.” Shelby, a former ranking member of the Senate intelligence committee, said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that he “went back and read every one of those pages thoroughly” and concluded that “95% of that information could be declassified.”
If the Saudis are ok with declassification on material that pertains to them, why are we not releasing it ?
[Ref: “CNN”:http://www.cnn.com/2003/US/07/28/bush.saudis.complaints/index.html, “LA Times”:http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-saudi29jul29,1,5102940.story?coll=la-home-headlines]