Counter-terror expert: Obama let Saudis escape responsibility

Friday, April 22, 2016
By Paul Martin

President claims he ‘cleared the air’ with Wahhabi nation over 9/11 charge

White House officials claimed President Obama “cleared the air” when he met with King Salman on his visit this week to Saudi Arabia.

Yet the real future of the relationship remains murky, as controversy grows in the United States over Saudi Arabia’s possible support for the 9/11 hijackers and officials in each nation challenge the usefulness of their supposed “ally.”

In a recent interview, former Saudi Intelligence Chief Prince Turk Al-Faisal questioned the “steadfastness” of American leadership as well as his country’s “dependence” on the United States, suggesting the relationship is something “we have to recalibrate.”

The resulting uncertainty was on full display when Obama received a noticeably cool welcome to Saudi Arabia, with neither the king nor any other high-ranking member of the royal family greeting the president at the airport. Instead, a relatively low official was dispatched in what several media outlets reported as a deliberate snub.

CNN’s Michelle Kosinski said the Obama administration is pushing back against such reports, claiming it was the White House which actually wanted a smaller welcoming ceremony.

Yet the deeper tensions exposed by the visit were evident to all, as Saudi Arabia has reacted sharply to a bipartisan effort in Congress to declassify 28 pages in the 9/11 Commission Report which could possibly help document Saudi assistance to the hijackers involved in the attack.

In addition, the kingdom has threatened to sell off $750 billion in American assets if Congress passes the legislation.

Obama claims he has not read the classified pages. Even so, it appears he opposes a bill that would allow the victims of the 9/11 attacks to sue Saudi Arabia’s government, claiming it could expose the American government to similar lawsuits in other countries.

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