When Emperor Barack Obama visits Saudi Arabia to grovel before the king this week he will be facing a hostile audience that is in full blown snit mode. The Saudis are royally pissed off over a bill that would pave the way for the families of victims of terrorism to sue the state sponsors of such attacks. Being that fifteen of the nineteen 9/11 hijackers hailed from the kingdom as well as explosive information contained within those 28 pages that the Obama regime is under pressure to declassify, the decadent pigs in the House of Saud have good reason to be nervous. The longtime
friend ally and supplier of cheap oil is threatening to dump “hundreds of billions worth of American assets” if Congress manages to pass the legislation.
The New York Times reports that “Saudi Arabia Warns of Economic Fallout if Congress Passes 9/11 Bill”:
Saudi Arabia has told the Obama administration and members of Congress that it will sell off hundreds of billions of dollars’ worth of American assets held by the kingdom if Congress passes a bill that would allow the Saudi government to be held responsible in American courts for any role in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
The Obama administration has lobbied Congress to block the bill’s passage, according to administration officials and congressional aides from both parties, and the Saudi threats have been the subject of intense discussions in recent weeks between lawmakers and officials from the State Department and the Pentagon. The officials have warned senators of diplomatic and economic fallout from the legislation.
Adel al-Jubeir, the Saudi foreign minister, delivered the kingdom’s message personally last month during a trip to Washington, telling lawmakers that Saudi Arabia would be forced to sell up to $750 billion in treasury securities and other assets in the United States before they could be in danger of being frozen by American courts.
The dispute comes as bipartisan criticism is growing in Congress about Washington’s alliance with Saudi Arabia, for decades a crucial American ally in the Middle East and half of a partnership that once received little scrutiny from lawmakers. Last week, two senators introduced a resolution that would put restrictions on American arms sales to Saudi Arabia, which have expanded during the Obama administration.
Families of the Sept. 11 victims have used the courts to try to hold members of the Saudi royal family, Saudi banks and charities liable because of what the plaintiffs charged was Saudi financial support for terrorism. These efforts have largely been stymied, in part because of a 1976 law that gives foreign nations some immunity from lawsuits in American courts.
The Senate bill is intended to make clear that the immunity given to foreign nations under the law should not apply in cases where nations are found culpable for terrorist attacks that kill Americans on United States soil. If the bill were to pass both houses of Congress and be signed by the president, it could clear a path for the role of the Saudi government to be examined in the Sept. 11 lawsuits.
While the chief exporters of radical Wahhabi Islam likely have little to worry about – Congress is always for sale and the Saudis have plenty of dough – the time when the monarchy can claim to be partners with the west against global jihad is coming to an end. Those mysterious 28 pages got national attention when CBS’s 60 Minutes devoted a segment to the government’s cover-up of high Saudi officials offering material and financial support to at least two of the hijackers that was classified by Bush-Cheney and has remained so under Obama. El Presidente should do the right thing for once and tell the king to stick it but if Obama stays true to form he will likely promise to veto any legislation that threatens the Saudi royals and to keep the 28 pages hidden from the American people.