Gore said Arabs had been "indiscriminately rounded up" and held in "unforgivable" conditions. The former vice president said the Bush administration was playing into al-Qaida's hands by routinely blocking Saudi visa applications.
"The thoughtless way in which visas are now handled, that is a mistake," Gore said during the Jiddah Economic Forum. "The worst thing we can possibly do is to cut off the channels of friendship and mutual understanding between Saudi Arabia and the United States."
Setting aside the validity of Gore’s charges against America, which I doubt, I just want to make two points. Al Gore went to a country where women are not allowed to drive and criticized supposed civil rights violations in America. Worse, he went to a country filled with militant Islamists and criticized America’s war effort against them.