March 17, 2011

After the Bahraini attack on the Pearl Roundabout and residents of local villages, and the siege of the Salmaniya Hospital, the next phase of the crackdown took place overnight with a roundup of leading activists and opposition leaders. I’ll have more on that in a minute, but first, I continue to be surprised by the claims coming from Washington that the White House and Pentagon had no idea the Saudis were heading into Bahrain or that the crackdown was prepared for this week.

This claim continues to ring ever-so-hollow given the visit from Sec. Defense Gates just two days beforehand, but there was another visit which has gone unnoticed in the American press that appears to make it even more unlikely. If you follow the Bahrain News Service (a state run operation), you would have read on Monday–the same day the Saudis crossed the causeway–that…

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