“On August 7, 1990, the United States began sending the most sophisticated and powerful fighting machine in the history of the world into the ancient desert kingdom of Saudi Arabia. …Tens of thousands of American soldiers–blacks, Asians, Christians, Jews, even women–made their way into a tribal, male-dominated Arab culture that had never seen anything of the like. For millions of Muslims, the U.S. presence was a humiliation of Islam that called forth visions of invading Christians and Jews. A rising tide of anti-Americanism and animus against the House of Saud swept through the kingdom.”

 – Craig Unger, House of Bush, House of Saud, Pages 144-146