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House of Cards, House of Saud

New developments do not bode well for Iraq and indeed the Middle East as a whole. On the heels of the abrupt resignation of the kingdom's ambassador, we learn that the Saudis may well fund the Sunni insurgency as a counterweight to the Iranian backed Shiites should the US withdraw. This ultimatum was delivered to Vice President Cheney when he was summoned to Riyadh last month and may explain why the Bush administration is seriously considering an escalation of the conflict.

A storm is brewing on the horizon. Let's hope it's not too late to change course and avoid it.

Check out analysis from Josh Marshall, Joseph Cannon, and Richard Cranium.

(Filed at State of the Day)