Gerald Posner who wrote “Why America Slept”:http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Front_Page/EI17Aa01.html was on MSNBC last night with Keith Olberman. The issue was the news that Saudis were going to “acquire nukes”:http://www.nirajweb.net/mt/niraj/archives/001902.html. Posner thinks that this was leaked as a warning to the Americans, to tell them, if they screw the relations and get too investigative, then Saudis will acquire them using petro dollars.
One country that will be happy to sell it would be Pakistan.
bq. Concerns about Saudi plans to buy nuclear weapons were raised after Prince Sultan toured Pakistan’s secret nuclear facilities in May 1999. The prince toured the Kahuta uranium enrichment plant and an adjacent factory where the Ghauri missile is assembled with Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif and was briefed by A.Q. Khan, the father of Pakistan’s atom bomb.
And this is a facility which even Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto was not allowed to visit. Also Saudi Arabia had funded Pakistan’s “nuclear and missle program”:http://www.pakistan-facts.com/article.php/20021121111140587
bq. Quoting reports, DIA’s senior China analyst Thomas Woodrow said in a research paper that “Saudi Arabia has been involved in funding Pakistan’s missile and nuclear program purchases from China, which has resulted in Pakistan becoming a nuclear weapon-producing and proliferating state”. According to the paper, there was also a probability that Riyadh was “buying nuclear-capability from China through a proxy state with Pakistan serving as the cut-out.”
So if Saudi Arabia wants to go nuclear, it will plain easy for them. Scary thought.