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Monday, February 12, 2007

Maybe He's Your Pal

President Bush getting chummy with Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah

In all my fifty years of public service, I have never seen a document so crowded with infamous distortions, on a scale so huge that I never imagined that any government on this planet was capable of uttering them
--Cordell Hull


What a way to fly into a war... unarmed and outta gas
--Major Truman Landon

from Tora! Tora! Tora!


It's an accepted tenet of American faith that the invasion of Afghanistan is the good war, and it is kicking terrorist's asses. Don't forget that Al Quada is hiding and operating under the protection of the Taliban. Do forget that the Taliban is making a great comeback there, following our supposed victory.

But why not address the primary issue, to wit: all of the radicalism and funding for these groups hostile to the Western world originate in Saudi Arabia, and are funded with petro dollars provided by willing U.S. oil consumers?

None of the terrorists would or could operate in Western nations without this invaluable Saudi support. Without money, the Al Quada operatives would be eating goat meat in a Tora Bora cave network.

When is the U.S. policy going to address the main threat to America--Saudi Arabia?

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll tell you, we are on the same wavelength for sure about some things.
It's one of my pet peeves that the photo of Rumsfeld and Saddam and the photo of W holding hands with the Saudi prince have not been seen by most Americans. These photos should be on TV every night.
In response to the written part of your post:
The question is, whose interests are being looked out for by those currently setting American foreign policy ? (the Neocons and the good folks at the American Enterprise Institute including Irving Kristol and Lee Raymond of Exxon Mobil.) Some groups are doing really well with everything just as it is. Oil companies, defense contractors, Wall Street and anyone making money in the new Homeland Security industry are doing just fine.
For them our foreign policy is a success and a war with
Iran might even be better still.
I don't think that the interests of the average American or the American soldier are even part of the equation.
Personally I feel like a dumb barnyard animal.I know enough to know that I don't have much of a clue about who and what is running the World but I am sure that all this is not about "they hate freedom" and "if we don't fight them there, we'll have to fight them here. "
there's an interseting article about petrodollar recycling at http://searchingforthetruth.typepad.com/
It's the Jan 7 2007 post titled "petrodollars,al Sadr and the proposed Iraqi hydrocarbon law"
Kevin in Granville

Monday, February 12, 2007 at 10:27:00 PM GMT-5  
Anonymous Publius said...

In my small South Carolina town, the Sunday paper includes the old Parade magazine. Before I moved here, I hadn't read that rag in years. This past Sunday, however, I got through the paper rapidly—a first section of 8 pages and a sports section of 4 pages don't take long—so, inasmuch as I hadn't finished my coffee, I perused Parade magazine.

Turns out Parade has an annual Top 10 listing of the most repressive nations on earth. After the usual suspects, China came in fourth, Saudi Arabia fifth.

When I reflected a bit on this, it really warmed my heart to think that we owe one of these nations more than a trillion dollars and have essentially sold our souls to the other, our "pal." WRT to the latter nation, many of our most prominent politicians pride themselves on their close personal friendships with that nation's leadership.

Seems you end up with strange bedfellows when you spend more than you make while cutting taxes and you do nothing to curb an insatiable appetite for oil.

If you lie down with dogs, don't be surprised if you get fleas.

Monday, February 12, 2007 at 11:22:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...

Publius,

Understood.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007 at 2:23:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...

Moo. Thanks for the link--it can serve as bedding in my stall afterwards.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007 at 2:27:00 PM GMT-5  

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