A Partner in Crime
By Chuck Baldwin
December 3, 2002
Immediately following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001,
President Bush declared that the United States would consider any
nation that harbors, supports, or finances terrorists as enemies and
vowed to enact swift and severe retribution upon them. Obviously,
he didn't really mean that, because one of terrorism's most active
and generous supporters continues to receive glowing accolades
from this administration. I'm talking about Saudi Arabia.
Just days ago, Bush declared the Saudi kingdom to be "a good
partner in our war against terrorism." The Saudi leader has even
been granted special invitations to Bush's ranch in Crawford,
Texas. This government has spared no expense or effort to give
Saudi leaders aid and comfort, not to mention the most
Despite claims of the Bush administration, however, various media
and congressional reports paint a far different picture. The World
Tribune reported on November 27, "The CIA has traced transfers
of tens of millions of dollars from the Saudis to Al Qaida over the
last year, U.S. officials and congressional sources said."
The Tribune report also said, "In July, the Rand Corporation
delivered a briefing to the Defense Policy Board which warned that
the Saudi royal family has grown dependent on Islamic insurgency
groups linked to Al Qaida. The Saudis spend billions of dollars in
supporting anti-Western religious activities throughout the world,
Middle East Newsline reported."
The Tribune quoted a congressional source familiar with the CIA
investigation as saying, "The facts are not in dispute." Even soon-
to-be Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Shelby of
Alabama said, "I wouldn't look at Saudi Arabia as an ally." He
continued by saying, "I think our relationship with them is totally
transactional. They have a lot of oil. We need the oil. We've done
a lot of things for that." Senator Shelby is being very gentle, to say
The fact is, both Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney are oilmen.
Both are reported to have had extensive business dealings with the
Saudi royal family through its front organization, the Carlyle
There is certainly nothing wrong with American businessmen
doing business with overseas enterprises. However, there is
something very wrong with American businessmen and politicians
putting commercial or political gain over the security and safety of
the American people. That is exactly what this administration
appears to be doing.
Saudi Arabia is not "a good partner in our war against terrorism."
It is a partner in crime with terrorism. It's time we faced it.
© Chuck Baldwin
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