We don't need no stinking Saudis: It's clear that if the Saudis didn't host some of our troops, we wouldn't be so kissy-face with them. They'd be more along the lines of Pakistan - an ally only in the sense that the government isn't hosting terrorism. Not that most of its population isn't, just not the government. Of course, once we "liberate" Iraq from Saddam, we're going to have a pretty friendly, and enormous, source of oil to "buy." This should worry the Saudis more than anything else. Oh, and we'll have plenty of land for new bases too.