So Saud al-Faisal publically expresses Saudi fears that Iraq is irrevocably headed into a civil war that will draw in and destabilise the surrounding powers. He specifically stated that Iran was "interfering" by giving Shi'a Iraqis weapons and other materiel support. The unspoken element, of course, is that Saudis will be compelled by public opinion to support Iraqi Sunnis to offset the Iranian position. It is startling for a Saudi foreign minister to make statements like this that are not very supportive of U.S. positions and also to show cracks in the public facade of Saudi strength. Saudi, of course, is not a homogeneous culture - and I think that these statements also reveal a concern of the Royal family that their hold on power is slipping. As others have pointed out on this forum, a Saudi Islamic revolution would be catastrophic for the U.S. economy and a severe blow to the military situation for U.S. forces in the regions. I think we're seeing the beginnings of a split between Saudi and American positions - primarily in the interests of survival for the al-Saud family.