First of all, President George Bush wants to hold one of his rare state dinners in mid-April with King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia as the guest of honor. King Abdullahdeclines, citing "scheduling conflicts." Uh huh. And Jordan's King Abdullah hascanceled a state visitwhich was planned for September.
What's happened? Has Saudi Arabia finally decided that continued association with US foreign policy has more minuses than pluses? Or possibly Russia's recent overtures to Saudi Arabia have borne fruit?