U.S. told Saudis to let…

U.S. told Saudis to let Al-Qaida gunmen escape says official

Saudi authorities gave safe passage to three al-Qaida gunmen after the they killed 10 of the hostages they were holding at a hotel in the oil hub of Khobar, a senior security official said.

The Saudi official said upon hearing hostages had been killed, US officials advised the Saudis that letting the militants go would avert a bigger catastrophe.

I thought Dubya was all for gittin’ tough on terrorists, not for letting them waltz away. Nor do I see why letting them escape avoids anything. Most mysterioso.