Of all the players on the world stage, Prince Bandar bin Sultan of Saudi Arabia (aka Bandar Bush, the nickname given from his close relationship to the Bush family) has got to be one of the most fascinating and repellent.
|By: DSWright Wednesday October 23, 2013 12:20 pm|
After throwing a literally royal tantrum at the United Nations, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has put the United States on notice that there will be further consequences for not following orders and bombing the Assad government in Syria. The Sunni-based Saudis wanted US assistance in helping them dominate the Middle East over their sectarian rivals the Shiite-based Iranians. The US public was disinterested as was a sizable portion of the the US military industrial complex.
|By: DSWright Friday October 18, 2013 6:40 am|
Saudi Arabia did everything it could to bring the US into war with Syria in hopes of weakening its regional foe Iran. But the American people stood up and thanks to a (possibly unintentional) public statement by Secretary of State Kerry and fast action by Russia, the UN is now destroying chemical weapons within Syria. Much like the 2003 Iraq War the pretext for US military involvement in Syria rested on weapons of mass destruction or, more bluntly, the US screaming “he’s got a gun” hoping to scare everyone, including the American people, into war. But now WMDs are being dealt with and any pretext the Obama Administration had to do Saudia Arabia’s bidding has gone up in smoke.
Needless to say the Saudis aren’t happy
|By: DSWright Friday September 13, 2013 11:55 am|
What is the role of Saudi Arabia in this proposal for a US military strike on Syria? It is not a question you will see asked much in the American media, but you should. Internationally there has been some coverage of the Saudi role, particularly the oceans of cash they’ve been lavishing on jihadist rebels for over a year.
|By: dakine01 Tuesday September 10, 2013 4:20 pm|
This lack of trust in the government goes much further back than just the ten years ago run up to invading Iraq based on lies and half truths. It goes back beyond the Gulf of Tonkin “incident.” It goes back beyond the recent admission by the CIA that they helped over throw an elected Iranian government in 1952, installing the Shah; eventually leading to his overthrow, the attack on the US Embassy in Tehran in 1979 and the stand-off between the US and Iran that exists today. I am not a tin-foil wearing conspiracy theorist but these items I have mentioned are not conspiracies, they are facts, albeit often not admitted for decades.
|By: DSWright Tuesday September 10, 2013 9:25 am|
One issue that Assad continually raised in his interview with Charlie Rose was the role of Saudi Arabia in driving hostilities. Much of the money for Al Qaeda generally comes from Saudi Arabia and Syria believes the money funding the rebels – both Al Qaeda and non-Al Qaeda – comes from Saudi Arabia.
|By: Barry Lando Sunday July 14, 2013 4:00 pm|
There is something almost obscene about the announcement out of Washington that the U.S. is going ahead with plans to deliver more sophisticated military equipment to Egypt, despite the military coup that overthrew President Mohammed Morsi.
|By: CTuttle Saturday June 1, 2013 8:00 pm|
The US State Department’s Bureau of Counterterrorism released it’s annual Country Reports on Terrorism 2012
|By: Kevin Gosztola Sunday April 21, 2013 12:20 pm|
His hunger strike is approaching its seventieth day. He is beyond the point where experts say “irreversible cognitive impairment and psychological damage” can result yet British prisoner Shaker Aamer, who has been detained without charge or trial in the Guantanamo Bay prison camps for eleven years, remains committed to resistance.
|By: Jeff Kaye Saturday April 13, 2013 4:00 pm|
Even as a desperate hunger strike by detainees at Guantanamo prison camp continues, with dozens in medical peril, preferring death to the lawless existence of indefinite detention and ongoing planned (or some might say, capricious) abuse, human rights and civil liberties activists often point to the Article II courts as an alternative in the prosecution of “war on terror” crimes. But an examination of actual cases prosecuted in the criminal courts shows that use of accepted rules and appeal procedures merely produce their own version of unfairness and arbitrary injustice.