Season 20, Episode 6 The Saudi Time Bomb

First Aired: November 15, 2001

Examining what producer Martin Smith terms the U.S.'s “fragile alliance” with the Saudi government, which bankrolls “an intolerant, anti-Western brand of Islam.” The reason for the U.S. government's “blind eye,” Smith adds, is simple: “We depend on them for oil and arms purchases.” Included: visits to religious schools in Pakistan funded by Saudis. Interviewed: former secretary of state James Baker; former U.S. ambassador to the UN Richard Holbrooke; and Prince Bandar bin Sultan, Saudi Arabia's long-time ambassador to the U.S.