JIDDAH, Saudi Arabia (AP) - Former Vice President Al Gore told a mainly Saudi audience on Sunday that the U.S. government committed "terrible abuses" against Arabs after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, and that most Americans did not support such treatment.
Gore said Arabs had been "indiscriminately rounded up" and held in "unforgivable" conditions. The former vice president said the Bush administration was playing into al-Qaida's hands by routinely blocking Saudi visa applications.
"The thoughtless way in which visas are now handled, that is a mistake," Gore said during the Jiddah Economic Forum. "The worst thing we can possibly do is to cut off the channels of friendship and mutual understanding between Saudi Arabia and the United States."
Gore told the largely Saudi audience, many of them educated at U.S. universities, that Arabs in the United States had been "indiscriminately rounded up, often on minor charges of overstaying a visa or not having a green card in proper order, and held in conditions that were just unforgivable."
There was a time that politics stopped at the water's edge. Looks like those days are gone. Whatever his motives in giving this speech, Gore's timing seems impeccably bad. While news organizations are running footage of embassies on fire around the globe, and the American people are fit to be tied over America's broken borders, Gore thinks our biggest problem is overly-aggressive enforcement of our immigration laws? Does Gore know that Saudi citizens generally don't get to vote in American elections? Is this the start of a new campaign for the Dhimmicrats, something like:
"The Democrat Party: Even Closer to the Saudis than W."or how about this one:
"The Democrat Party: Protecting Undocumented Saudis Since September 11, 2001."Sound like winners to me.