Saudi Arabia, Saudi Embassy, United States discussed on Skullduggery
Do it be shocked beyond even the shock of what they just did if they took some of their intelligence officers involved in and and killed them very surprised. Dick, what do you think that domestic implications in Saudi Arabia are? Because you know you is, is there a scenario under which this destabilizes the the kingdom and and the Royal family, you know, over time, even a lose, lose its grip on power that that's kind of a nightmare scenario. Right. I mean, I heard Tom Friedman of the New York Times talking about, you know, the possibility perhaps remote, but if Saudi Arabia becoming a failed state, you know, with all those oil reserves and an ideology that's not going to hurt, that's going to happen dome smoking something there, but no, no, what what could happen? There's probably, you know, less than ten percent chance that. The king replaces the crown prince and that creates a certain number of problems. One of them is his reform programs, which we like opening up the country and limited ways and and changing the their dependence on oil and doing all sorts of good things that reform program might die. If he were no longer the crown prince would become the crown prince, possibly someone who would bring them back to more traditional conservative ways. You know, this crown prince has taken the religious police on kind of put them in the box and said, you know, go away, don't don't continue to impose strict religious rules on the country. This crown Princess, the HAMAs them the type of Islam, the type of Sumi Islam that has been practiced in Saudi Arabia is. Wrong. It's too too strict to traditional, and he's taking the country away from a hob ISM. Well, somebody else's crown prince could walk that cat back. So. Well, a lot of people say they want this crown prince out if he were involved in this decision. I think it's very important about who would replace him in the unlikely event that happened. Let's talk about the implications here in the United States. You know, the Saudis have been famously throwing money around Washington for years for decades, including think tanks, and I'm looking at the list of contributors to the Middle East stone. We do. We received a an unrestricted donation of two million dollars two years ago from the from the Saudi embassy. And we declared that publicly, we declare every donation get publicly. We only take on restrict Dawson Saudi, Aramco, I believe is annual contributor of up to a million dollars. So I wish I wish it were. No, it does contribute to nothing. Nothing. Nothing like that. So are you going to continue to take Saudi money? Well, the moment we had the board meeting this week to the side on the board was unanimous that no, under the current circumstances, we don't think that it's appropriate for for us to take Saudi government money. We pulled out of a cultural program in New York this week that we were co-sponsoring with the Saudi embassy. You know, the only way that the. Middle East institute is willing to take funding from foreign governments is if they're unrestricted grants. And if they acknowledge our statement that our scholars have academic freedom and we never want a donor and it'd be the human individual being or government to call up and say, you know, do this or do that, and, and I don't like that tweet or I don't like that report or don't like that guy being on the panel, we've walked away before from government money. We had a basis. Do you return some of that two million dollars that you did receive a couple of years ago, we spent it. We got it two years ago. We had, you know, a program for a long time where the Turkish government funded programs on on Turkey and the US..