Why the U.S. and Saudi Arabia Are Suddenly Involved in a Tense Geopolitical Drama. Anxiety runs through the palaces of Saudi Arabia, where the expectation of permanent United States support has declined. Signs of this decline have been evident for the past few years. High on the list is the West’s nuclear deal with Iran. Saudi Arabia has historically wanted to strangle Iran, so anything less than that is seen as a defeat. The U.S. is putting its leverage on the table: A bill in the U.S.
Congress to hold the Saudis liable for 9/11. Iran Saudi Arabia’s problem with Iran is not about sectarianism within Islam. Iraq was sent to do the job. George W. The only remaining method to enfeeble Iran would have been a full-scale war against that country of 80 million people. Ugliness resurfaced once more about the role of Saudi Arabia or its royal families in the attacks of 9/11. Denying these links, the Saudi government asked for the report to be released, but President Bush refused.
The reaction to Schumer’s bill from Saudi Arabia was swift. Tantrum. Saudi Arabia Warns of Economic Fallout if Congress Passes 9/11 Bill. The administration, which argues that the legislation would put Americans at legal risk overseas, has been lobbying so intently against the bill that some lawmakers and families of Sept. 11 victims are infuriated. In their view, the Obama administration has consistently sided with the kingdom and has thwarted their efforts to learn what they believe to be the truth about the role some Saudi officials played in the terrorist plot.
“It’s stunning to think that our government would back the Saudis over its own citizens,” said Mindy Kleinberg, whose husband died in the World Trade Center on Sept. 11 and who is part of a group of victims’ family members pushing for the legislation. will arrive in Riyadh on Wednesday for meetings with King Salman and other Saudi officials. It is unclear whether the dispute over the Sept. 11 legislation will be on the agenda for the talks.
A spokesman for the Saudi Embassy did not respond to a message seeking comment. Edwin M. Continue reading the main story. Saudis threaten to sell $750 billion US assets if Congress passes bill that would let 9/11 victims sue Saudi Arabia. Bush & Cheney Panic As Obama Set To Release "Embarrassing" 9/11 Classified Info. 20.3K Shares Share Tweet Email President Obama is facing rising pressure from the media and from Congress to declassify the remaining twenty-eight pages of the 9/11 Commission report, which purportedly document the links between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the nineteen hijackers behind the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The Bush family in particular has very close ties to the authoritarian despots in Riyadh, as documented by journalist Craig Unger in his book House of Bush, House of Saud.
The pressure to release the documents comes from both sides of the aisle. Interestingly, Riyadh is also demanding that the papers be released. Coming ten days before President Obama is set to visit the seat of Saudi power in Riyadh, the twenty-eight pages could be the motivator for a drastic – and needed – reevaluation of our relationship with the deceitful and repressive Saudis. Release those papers, Mr. REPORT: President Obama To Release ‘Stunning’ Classified Info Embarrassing Bush Admin Over 9/11. The 9/11 Commission Report was incomplete when it was released, and remains incomplete to this day. As of now, there is a lot of material that remains classified, including 28 pages that one Congressman calls “stunning,” that the Obama administration is working to release to the public – estimated to be completed in the next two months. They may actually contain solid evidence showing Saudi Arabia was, in fact, involved somehow in the 9/11 attacks. Republican North Carolina Rep.
Walter Jones thinks that the only reason the pages were made classified in the first place was because the Bush administration was embarrassed by its own close ties to the Saudi government. Jones, who has seen the pages, told The New Yorker the following : “There’s nothing in it about national security…It’s about the Bush Administration and its relationship with the Saudis.” Either way, it looks bad for Saudi Arabia, and bad for the Bush administration. Could these 28 pages answer that question? REPORT: President Obama To Release ‘Stunning’ Classified Info Embarrassing Bush Admin Over 9/11. How the Bush Administration Covered Up the Saudi Connection to 9/11. September 16, 2014 | Like this article? Join our email list: Stay up to date with the latest headlines via email. In his New Yorker article, posted on the magazine’s web site last week, Lawrence Wright tells how the Bush administration deleted 28 pages in the 2002 report of the Joint Congressional Inquiry on 911 probably because they describe in detail the Saudi connection to the Al Qaeda attack and Saudi financing of its operatives in the United States—people who knew two of the hijackers, and may well have been used as conduits for Saudi cash.
Some of the money may have come from the royal family through a charity. In removing the 28 pages Bush said the publication of the information would damage American intelligence operations. In fact no one would be talking about it now were it not for families of victims of the attack and insurers, who are suing the Saudis. Wright goes on to report: To resume the story briefly: Federal lawsuit could reveal evidence of Saudi complicity in 9/11. A congressional intelligence report had the explosive pages redactedThe two men who authored them are likely to be called to appear in courtThe lawsuit has been brought by victims' families against Saudi kingdomSuit claims links between two hijackers and former Saudi figures in US By Tim Macfarlan For Mailonline Published: 10:15 GMT, 10 August 2015 | Updated: 13:13 GMT, 10 August 2015 A federal lawsuit could reveal details implicating the Saudi government in 9/11.
A congressional intelligence report contains 28 censored pages reportedly linking Saudi officials to two of the Saudi hijackers. The Obama administration refuses to publish the pages, despite requests from Democrats and Republicans in Congress. The World Trade Center south tower burst into flames after being struck by hijacked United Airlines Flight 175 on September 11, 2001. They did so while working for the independent 9/11 Commission, from whose final report the most grave allegations against the Saudis were stricken. John Oliver - Obama in Saudi Arabia. Criticism of Saudi Arabia. Foreign Politics (Saudi Arabia) Post 911 Censorship.