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April 20, 2004

Bush-Whacked

Saw this guy, Craig Unger, on CNN tonight. He had some interesting things to say regarding the relationship between Bush and the Saudi government. His new book, House of Bush, House of Saud, begins with the following question:

How is it that two days after September 11, 2001, even as American air traffic was tightly restricted, a Saudi billionaire socialized in the White House with President George W. Bush as 140 Saudi citizens, many immediate kin to Osama Bin Laden, were permitted to return to their country? A potential treasure trove of intelligence was allowed to flee the country-- including an alleged al-Qaeda intermediary who was said to have foreknowledge of the 9/11 attacks.

He suggests that an assload of cash has flowed between the Saudi's and the Bush family, around the total of $1.4 billion. In addition, he states that Prince Bandar of Saudi Arabia was informed of war plans and military information before our own Secretary of State.

I'm sure that we will get posts telling me how high this guy must be, or how he is just a bitter Democrat willing to say anything to win back the White House. If nothing else this seems like it will be a good read.

Posted by Woundwort at April 20, 2004 11:46 PM | TrackBack
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How did the Saudis leave? Ask Richard Clarke. Apparently that was his bright idea.

Posted by: jack at April 21, 2004 09:58 AM

The issue is not so much that these powerful families had any relationship going on, but the accusation that the war was discussed with foreign nationals before it was brought to the Secretary of State.

And the Saudi are way too important to Bush's strategy, as Unger's book simply shows.

Posted by: Camilo at April 21, 2004 10:21 AM

Yeah, problem is, we're all in bed with the Saudis. We give 'em money, and they stick it up our, er, um, gas hole, so we can drive to work.

I wouldn't worry about the Saudis for long though. That's going to be the next home of Al Qaida before long. I don't mean "home" as in "funds the group"; I mean "home" as in "owned by".

Posted by: Blackavar at April 22, 2004 10:11 PM
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