FDL Book Salon Welcomes Hugh Wilford, America’s Great Game: The CIA’s Secret Arabists and the Shaping of the Modern Middle East

By: Saturday February 1, 2014 1:59 pm

One of the most enduring changes in American government occurred in the years after the Second World War, when the United States created its first permanent foreign intelligence agency, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Authorized by the National Security Act of 1947 and built from the bones of the wartime Office of Strategic Services (OSS), the CIA had an immediate impact on American activities in all regions of the globe, especially the Middle East.

 

Saudi Arabia Pledges to Fund Jihad in Syria Alone if Necessary

By: Thursday December 19, 2013 9:24 am

Perhaps the biggest state sponsor of Islamic terrorism in the world, Saudi Arabai is very upset they can no longer pull the strings in Washington. They had a wonderful relationship with the Bush Administration whereby Prince Bandar said something in private and President George W. Bush repeated it in public. According to the New York Post the Bush Administration even covered up the Saudi government’s complicity in the attacks of 9/11.

Revisiting Bush’s Redaction of Saudi Terrorism Financing

By: Tuesday December 17, 2013 3:21 pm

With relationships changing between the US and major actors in the Middle East, perhaps it is inevitable that the issue of Saudi Arabia’s funding of terrorism in the US is being revisited.

Congressmembers Walter B. Jones (R-N.C.) and Stephen Lynch (D-Mass) recently got access to unredacted copies of the 2002 report of the Joint Intelligence Committee Inquiry (JICI) on 9/11. You may recall that 28 pages of that document had been redacted by George W. Bush for “national security purposes”. It has been widely reported that the 28 missing pages of the JICI report document a money trail from the Saudi Royal Family to the 9/11 hijackers.

Murdoch’s NY Post Backs Michael Moore’s Bush-Saudi 9/11 Claims

By: Monday December 16, 2013 7:00 am

Well this is strange. On Sunday the New York Post, a property owned by conservative media mogul Rupert Murdoch, published an investigative report alleging the involvement of Saudi Arabian government officials in the 9/11 terrorist attacks titled “Inside the 9/11 Coverup.”The thesis of the piece is that the 9/11 hijackers were not only mostly from Saudi Arabia but had received financial and operational support from Saudi government officials and that after the attacks the Saudi government used its political connections in the Bush White House to coverup their involvement.

Bandar bin Sulkin’

By: Tuesday November 12, 2013 4:30 pm

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.

Saudi Arabia Continues Tantrum Over Syria

By: 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.

Saudi Arabia Throws Tantrum at UN Over Syria

By: 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

Saudis Sending Death Row Prisoners to Fight With Rebels in Syria

By: 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.

Just Say No

By: 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.

Assad Blames Saudi Arabia for Driving War

By: 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.

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