U.S. Response to Saudi Statements on Iraq: “What You Talking About, Abdullah?”

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Yesterday I wrote about King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia’s statement that the U.S. occupation of Iraq is “illegal.” Thankfully, the Bush Administration is responding with sensitivity and a deft touch, seeking out our ruffled ally and finding out exactly what irks him. We’ve decided that as yet another friend turns his back on our foreign policy, it is high time to look in the mirror and question whether we’re on the right path.

Wait, that’s not what’s happening at all.

“It is not accurate to say that the United States is occupying Iraq,” White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said.

Oh. Well, then. That’ll sort things out. Carry on with the apocalypse.

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