I must confess that

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April 29, 2002 10:19 p.m.

I must confess that I don’t understand this. The Embassy of Saudi Arabia (whose website looks like the Embassy of Jamaica or something) produced some slick TV ads saying they’re our allies in the war on terrorism. But a slew of cable networks have refused to run them. In fact, even though they’re willing to pay top dollar, the Saudis don’t seem to be able to find any cable networks to run their ad.

On the merits, I’m pretty skeptical of the Saudis. But who cares? Why can’t they run their ads?

The ads seem quite upfront about who’s behind them, who’s paying for them, and so forth. So why can’t they put their message out there?

Is it better that they hire mercenaries and sharks to make their case and throw around money in the halls of Congress?

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