By: E&P Staff
Prince Saud al-Faisal, the Saudi foreign minister, told reporters Thursday that he has been warning the Bush administration in recent days that Iraq is rapidly heading for disintegration. This new development, he warned, could drag the region into war.
“There is no dynamic now pulling the nation together,” he said in a meeting with reporters at the Saudi Embassy in Washington, D.C., according to Friday’s New York Times. “All the dynamics are pulling the country apart.”
He said he was so concerned that he was carrying this message “to everyone who will listen” in the Bush administration.
The Times called these statements “some of the most pessimistic public comments on Iraq by a Middle Eastern leader in recent months.” They are “in stark contrast to the generally upbeat assessments that the White House and the Pentagon have been offering,” the paper said.
On Thursday, President Bush did warn that bloodshed in Iraq was likely to increase in the coming weeks, as elections approach there.
Various polls this week have shown American public opinion moving away from the president on Iraq.
A CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll released Thursday indicated fewer than half of Americans believe the United States will win the Iraq war, and 55% of those surveyed said it should speed up withdrawal plans.
Only 21% said the United States definitely would win the war in Iraq.