Inside the Mirage: America's Fragile Partnership with Saudi Arabia (Google eBook)

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Basic Books, Nov 1, 2008 - History - 416 pages
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The relationship between the United States and Saudi Arabia has always been a marriage of convenience, not affection. In a bargain cemented by President Roosevelt and Saudi ArabiaOCOs founding king in 1"
  

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Inside the mirage: America's fragile partnership with Saudi Arabia

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In this timely, engaging, and highly readable book, Lippman, adjunct scholar at the Middle East Institute in Washington, DC, and once head of the Washington Post's Middle East bureau, demystifies ... Read full review

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With regard to the JECOR, it is quite accurate. I was part of that program from 1982 to 1987 at the Ministry of Finance. Although we did do much of the IT analysis and programming and statistical survey design and analysis ourselves, the Saudi's did provide the data entry people and manpower to gather the data. We all had counterparts and worked as we used to say knee to knee. But since the Saudis were paying the bills they did see us much as they saw other contract workers. Not particularly unreasonable point of view.As we used to say the golden rule is that he who has the gold rules. So, whatever technology was transferred was more by osmosis and example rather than by instruction. From what the author said, apparently the mission was accomplished and I am glad to hear that.
I would just like to add that working with the Saudi's and living in Riyadh was a very positive experience. I worked with them both under the unbrella of JECOR and as an employee of a computer company installing a large scale on-line computer system for the Ministry of Interior. Prior to going with JECOR, I made several trips to Saudi Arabia to do surveys and make presentations. I always enjoyed these trips because the Saudis were always hospitable and friendly. It pains me that they are so negatively characterized in the America media by people who do not have a clue about them.
 

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Thomas Lippman, a respected former correspondent and bureau chief at the Washington Post, traveled with Albright for two and a half years to write this political biography. Lippman is the author of Understanding Islam, which is now in its second edition.

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