The History of Middle East that led to 9/11 to ISIS. Saudi Arabia has masterfully played this country’s Presidents. Why start a war in Iraq, when 15 out of 19 terrorists came from Saudi Arabia. He was known as the “Master Spy of the Middle East”, Saudi Prince Bandar, a longtime ambassador to the US and a very close friend to George W Bush. “Bandar-Bush” made the case for the Iraq war to his trusted friend George W Bush. Bandar-Bush was a member of the House of Saud and had a long illustrious career as ambassador to the United States from 1983 to 2005. But change comes, not necessarily without its challenges. Facing the truth, perhaps discovering donations for corruption and wars in the Middle East. Sound familiar?
“This is a fascinating article 11/16/13: Bandar reportedly told European diplomats in October, 2013 that Saudi Arabia would make a “major shift” away from its longstanding alliance with the United States.”
“The change with the most international resonance is without question the removal of Prince Bandar bin Sultan, known as “Bandar Bush” when he was ambassador to Washington, from his position as head of the Saudi National Security Council. Bandar had given up his position as intelligence chief last year, and his successor in that position also was changed January 29, 2015.” Author Christopher Dickey, The Daily Beast
I can say this, that the Saudi monarch, King Salman, eventually became less tolerant of Bandar’s boasting and making decisions outside of his capacity. Muddling the Middle Eastern waters. Now let’s move forward to the very present.
“The Saudi Authorities arrested Prince Bandar bin Sultan as a part of the anti-corruption” purge that was launched by Saudi Arabia King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and his Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, according to a report of the Middle East Eye (MEE) online news portal.”
“Prince Bandar is a former Saudi ambassador to the US, and he is known to be a friend of former US President George W Bush, and former Syrian president Hafez Assad. Prince Bandar became really famous in 2011 when he was tasked with leading the Saudi efforts to fight Syrian president Bashar al-Assad.”
“Prince Bandar quickly became known as “the engineer of the Syria war” after he organized everything about the war, from the political opposition to armed groups in Syria. According to many reports the Prince was behind shipping tons of weapons and thousands of Jihadists from all over the world to feed the war against the Syrian government.”
I smell something here and it could very well be linked to all those donations to the Clinton Foundation/Slush fund; entangling the US and absorbing the best of our military. Oh how the pudding thickens as we dig deeper and deeper. They say the proof is in the pudding! Now this bit of news really complicates this whole Middle East revolution; where the United States is still tasked to provide the finest of our military men fighting too many Middle Eastern enemies among themselves in the vast Middle East.
After 9/11, the federal government conducted an indepth investigation referred to the “28 Pages” which remained closed to the 9/11 victim’s families for 15 years. It wasn’t until late last year that Congress finally approved allowed this investigation document to go public. President Obama along with President W Bush did everything in their power to prevent releasing this investigation to the public. Why? Because the families of victims of 9/11 could finally sue Saudi Arabia. Again, here the United States Presidents protecting the wealthy in Saudi Arabia. We can assume that the families of the almost 3,000 victims lost their complete trust in government.
Most importantly 15 years later, the “28 pages” revealed a link previously hidden from the American public between the alleged al Queada operative Zubaydah and a company associated with a key member from the Saudi royal family, former Saudi Ambassador to the United States Prince Bandar Bin Sultan.
At the very least, this was all very troubling and disturbing. Out of the 19 men involved in 9/11/ terrorist attacks; 15 were Saudi nationals. Speculation was brewing in the background of the minds of families for their loved ones who were killed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. It has been quite a cross to bear remaining in the dark all these years. The alleged association between Prince Bandar-Bush has now been revealed in the declassified pages but there does not appear or provide direct evidence linking to Prince Bandar. But everything that was disclosed in the “28 pages” declassified report still points to a troubling connection between top Saudi officials and the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Giving the American people more to question, regarding the investigations or lack there of, the Department of Justice and the FBI have broken the trust of the American people. Recently, there is concrete evidence the FBI has been less than honest regarding the corruption of the Obama Presidency and his administration hiding the details that took place in selling Uranium to the Russians. It has also been disclosed that former fired FBI Director James Comey wrote an exoneration letter for Hillary Clinton, before her investigation when he announced on July 5, 2016, that Hillary’s pattern of behavior was “Carelessness” for using an unsecured private server, exposing 22 SCI top secret classified documents, destroying 33,000 government emails and accepting donations from foreign adversaries like Saudi Arabia donating $25,000,000 into the Clinton Foundation/Slush Fund. All this and more at the feet of the Department of Justice Attorney General Jeff Sessions who has yet to appoint a Special Counsel to investigate the corruption and indict those that committed treason.
Many of us are coming to the same conclusion because the corruption is blatantly obvious to most of us. As the corruption unfolds it tells a deeply disturbing pattern of behavior of risking our National Security by selling Uranium to Russia. Former President Obama and his administration did everything they could to protect and make absolutely sure this illegal and treasonous act/transaction would take place.
Now President Trump has implemented a travel ban from those Muslim countries that we are at most risk to trying to prevent another 9/11. Saudi Arabia should be included on list. 9/11 should never happen again. The truth is ISIS is based on an ideology of Islam, permitted to practice Jihad on those they deem their enemies; Americans, Europeans, Jews, Christians etc.
The State and Future of the Middle East ~ Charles Krauthammer http://nataliekeshing.com/state-future-middle-east-charles…/
There is a long history between the United States and Saudi Arabia. Major foreign policy decisions were based on this unusual relationship. Years of establishing a unique bond influencing foreign policy decisions affecting and contributing to the rise of radicalized Islamic terrorism in the Middle East which has now spread throughout the world.
Even Presidents are still able to maintain their probity and popularity based on decisions to go to war on behalf of another country. Somehow every move to go to war becomes justifiable for some phantom common cause. The nodus of war rarely plays out as a win win situation. Indigenous soldiers recruited from their birth countries with self imposed brainwashing of those recruiting complicates their faith and ultimately their true purpose.
In 1920, almost 100 years ago, there was an attempt to help Middle Eastern countries address and improve the complexities of historical, cultural, and tribal realities in Muslim countries. France and Great Britain implemented the League of Nations mandate (which was the predecessor to United Nations) in an attempt to solve overpowering issues of tribal conflict and hatred.
The mandate carved and separated warlord-dominated territories into nation states hoping to be devoid of the complex cultural and historical conflicts. Perhaps that only made things worse.
Fealty is an obligation to be faithful to a lord sworn to by a vassal. A vassal is a person granted the use of land.
In the Middle East, the fealty in specific sectors of Islam would establish the differences between the Shiites versus the Sunnis negating any attempt to respect each other’s differences in their translations of faith.
The people within these sectors of nation states were accorded to tribal overlords Islamic sects they favored rather than to the territory and people within the boundaries of the nation states. People who lived in these nation states were publicly forced through fealty to believe in the overlords translation of Allah versus another.
The group now known as the Sunnis chose Abu Bakr, the prophet’s adviser, to become the first successor or caliph (a spiritual leader of Islam) claiming succession from Muhammad to lead the Muslim state.
The Shiites favored Ali, Muhammad’s cousin and son-in-law. Ali and his successors are called imams, who not only lead the Shiites but are considered to be scions (descendants) of Muhammad.
The systems of government that evolved in Syria, Iraq and Saudi Arabia were to become family dictatorships with ancestral roots in a single city or village.
The United States’ relationship with Saudi Arabia began in 1933. An ultra-conservative Islamic monarchy versus secular democratic republic. These two countries have been allies since. It has been described as having a “Special Relationship” with one another.
Former President George W. Bush and former President Barack Obama both have close and strong relations with senior members of the Saudi Royal Families.
This also has caused major problems for the United States being involved and helping dictatorships which raised the scrutiny of other Muslim countries. It would define a precarious and dangerous position for the United States that would come to haunt us on 9/ll.
Throughout the eighties, the United States assisted the Saudis in a giant military buildup of airfields, ports, and bases throughout the kingdom. Many of the contracts were awarded to the largest construction company in Saudi Arabia, the Saudi Binladen Group, founded by Osama bin Laden’s father. At this same time, the United States trained and armed troops in Afghanistan to fight the Soviets.
The United States and Saudi Arabia spent about $40 billion on the war in Afghanistan, recruiting, supplying and training nearly 100,000 radical mujahideen from forty Muslim countries, including Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Algeria, and Afghanistan itself. Among the recruits was Osama bin Laden and his followers. Islamic fundamentalists like Osama bin Laden made his appeals to the nation or community of believers, not to any particular nation state.
The United States partnering with Saudi Arabia, of course, would become a wedge between the US and the Russian Soviets. Anyone who helps an enemy of another country through guilt by association cannot be trusted. The United States muddled and added to the complexity of the deep rivalry between the Shiites and Sunnis in Syria, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Afghanistan, complicating matters even more. In this division of Muslim faith, the United States would become an ally to one and an enemy to the other. CIA funding Osama bin Laden hired engineers and equipment from his father’s Saudi Construction Company. He built tunnels, training centers, hospitals, and arms dumps near the Pakistan border.
After the Soviets withdrew on May 15, 1988 from Afghanistan, the CIA and the Pakistani intelligence agency sponsored the Taliban organization.
“The Taliban was one of the Mujahideen factions that formed during the Soviet occupation and the internal fighting in Afghanistan. The Taliban emerged as a powerful movement in late 1994 when Pakistan chose the Taliban to guard a convoy trying to open a trade route from Pakistan to Central Asia.”
This was a government composed of the fanatic Wahhabi Islamic sect. The same sect that is the state religion in Saudi Arabia. Although those of the Wahhabi sect do not refer to themselves as Wahhabis, the label is useful because it applies to a single Muslim group with a set of beliefs peculiar to them alone. Wahhabis maintain that Shi’ites and Sufis are not Muslims, and that Muslims should not visit shrines or celebrate Mohammed’s birthday.
Saudi sheiks have been Wahhabis since they intermarried with the family of a puritanical Muslim scholar, Mohammed ibn Abd al-Wahhab, in 1774. Supported first by Britain and later by the United States, the Saudis captured the Muslim holy cities of Mecca and Medina, easily gaining control of the entire Arabian peninsula.
The Wahhabis imposed and ruled with their medieval code on their ill-fated followers. Stoning adulterers to death, maiming thieves, destroying decorated mosques and cemeteries, prohibiting music, sequestering women, and promoting war on infidels. The Saudi sheiks have also lavished funds on anti-American and anti-Israeli terrorists-in-training while indoctrinating other Muslims through its worldwide network of religious schools, mosques, newspapers, and presses.
The Wahhabi Taliban in Afghanistan had the blessings of the Saudi royal family and of The Big Three; the bin Laden family, the al Ahmoudi family, and the Mahfouz family who were the richest clans in that medieval kingdom. Khalid bin Mahfouz was bin Laden’s brother-in-law. The desert oligarchs profited from world-wide investments as well as sleazy banking schemes such as the infamous Bank of Credit and Commerce International BCCI.
Salem bin Laden, Osama bin Laden’s brother had handled all his American affairs through James Bath. James Bath was a Houston crony of the Bush family. Bath’s former business partner Bill White testified in court that Bath had been a liaison for the C.I.A. In 1979, Bath invested $50,000 in Arbusto, George W. Bush’s first business venture. Rumors were that Bath was acting as Salem bin Laden’s representative. “In conflicting statements, Bush at first denied ever knowing Bath, then acknowledged his stake in Arbusto and that he was aware Bath represented Saudi interests.” All this would lead to the future of George W Bush to continue to be associated with the Saudi sheiks and establish an even closer relationship with the Saudi Kings.
In addition to James Bath doing aviation business with the Saudi sheiks he was part owner of a Houston bank whose chief stockholder was Ghaith Pharaon, who represented the Bank of Commerce and Credit International (BCCI), a criminal global bank with branches in 73 countries. BCCI proceeded to defraud depositors of $10 billion during the 80’s, while providing a money laundry conduit for the Medellin drug cartel, Asia’s major heroin cartel, Manuel Noriega, Saddam Hussein, the C.I.A., and Islamist terrorist organizations worldwide.
Khalid bin Mahfouz, Osama bin Laden’s brother in law was one of the largest stockholders in the criminal bank which was indicted when the massive BCCI banking scandal blew apart in the early 1990s. The Saudi royal family placed him under house arrest after discovering that Mahfouz had used the royal bank to channel millions of dollars through fake charities (Sound familiar?) into bin Laden’s organizations, but Mahfouz was not so much punished as inconvenienced. At the most Mahfouz was excoriated for his mistakes and he did shame the family.
Members of the Wahhabist Saudi oligarchy are driven by sometimes conflicting emotions of power lust and religious fervor. Their support of radical Islamists follows from their ambition to dominate the Muslim world. But their fear that radical Islamists might overthrow the Saudi regime at home motivates them to fund and encourage holy warriors in countries other than their own. This is where the Presidents of the United States become susceptible to their wealth, manipulation, charm, and oil while the Saudi regimes use their backdoor influence to convince and manipulate other countries governments to fight for their cause which is to remain on top. The Saudi regimes are powerful and hurtful by pitting those government countries to help them fight their battles.
Osama bin Laden was the founder of the welfare agency for Arab-Afghan veterans in Saudi Arabia. He also had high hopes to mobilize the veterans as a kind of religious military army. That was not to happen under King Faud’s ruling and King Faud discouraged the venture. Then King Faud invited 540,000 American troops to the kingdom to fight in the Gulf War.
Osama Bin Laden was furious; it was a slap in the face for all the hard effort and work he had put into Al Qaeda established in 1989. He practically excommunicated himself from the Royal Family and he would become the most dangerous enemy to the United States. He urged religious authorities and issued fatwahs (religious rulings) condemning the American infidels. He became completely impervious to the United States efforts and contributions they had made on behalf of this birth country Saudi Arabia.
“Al-qaeda is a terrorist group that was founded by Osama bin Laden in the late 1980s. It began as a logistical network to support Muslims in Afghanistan fighting against what was then the Soviet Union during the Afghan War. Members were recruited throughout the Islamic world.”
In 1992, Osama bin Laden claimed responsibility for the attack on American soldiers in Yemen and the attacks in Somalia in 1993. He was mum about the terrorist truck bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993. This explosion killed six people and injured more than a thousand, but investigators knew bin Laden had donated heavily to the religious “charity” that financed the bombing operation.
In February 1998, bin Laden assembled a number of terrorist groups, including Islamic Jihadists, and issued a fierce fatwa calling for the deaths of all Americans. On August 7, 1998, 226 people died in the simultaneous bombing of American embassies in Tanzania and Kenya. Investigators blamed bin Laden for the attacks. On August 20, 1998, President Clinton amended Executive Order 12947 to add Osama bin Laden and his key associates to the list of terrorists, thus blocking their US assets–including property and bank accounts–and prohibiting all U.S. financial transactions with them.
The United States conducted a missile attack against bin Laden’s facilities in Afghanistan. On October 12, 2000, two suicide bombers ignited their boatload of explosives next to the USS Cole, an American destroyer refueling in Aden, off the coast of Yemen. The blast killed seventeen sailors and wounded thirty-nine others. FBI O’Neill and his crack investigating team were dispatched to Yemen and hit a stone wall. He had hoped satellite intercepts of phone calls between an al Qaeda operative in Aden and Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan would lead him to the mastermind of the Cole attack, but the American ambassador and the Yemeni officials blocked the investigation at every turn.
Osama was hell bent on destroying and hurting Americans.
In the book, “Forbidden Truth” U.S.-Taliban Secret Oil Diplomacy and the Failed Hunt for bin Laden, two French intelligence analysts, Jean-Charles Brisard and Guillaume Dasquie, claim that the Clinton and Bush administrations impeded investigations of Osama bin Laden and his al Qaeda terrorist group in order to maintain good relations with Saudi Arabia and to maintain the stability of the oil market. “As the late John O’Neill told one of the authors [Brisard] of this book, ‘All of the answers, all of the clues allowing us to dismantle Osama bin Laden’s organization, can be found in Saudi Arabia.'”
In articles and interviews Brisard expanded upon this statement. Pronouncing the official story about Osama bin Laden’s exile from his native Saudi Arabia in 1994 and his frozen assets to be a canard. Not only did O’Neill and the F.B.I. have extensive information concerning the finances of bin Laden and al Qaeda, but the business connections between the bin Ladens, the Mahfouzes, the al Ahmoudis, the Saudi royal family, and the Bush family kept turning up in their investigations.
Although Brisard’s interpretation of events has been disputed, the documentation of Forbidden Truth is impeccable. Clearly, the finances and fortunes of the Saudi oligarchs and the Bush family have been intertwined for many years, and oil has been the lubricant of choice, even non-existent oil.
“For the last two and a half decades—through war, oil crises, and global terrorism—the United States and Saudi Arabia have had a very special relationship, thanks in no small part to one man: Prince Bandar bin Sultan. The illegitimate son of a Saudi prince and a servant girl, he used his vital behind-the-scenes influence to convince Gorbachev to withdraw the Soviet military from Afghanistan and helped President Reagan and CIA Director William Casey to win the Cold War with Saudi petrodollars. A Machiavellian manipulator, he negotiated an end to the Iran-Iraq war and played a key role in the Iran-Contra affair. George H. W. Bush took Bandar and his family fishing. Colin Powell would drop by to play racquetball.”
“In this revealing biography, William Simpson pulls back the curtain on the fascinating and startling life of an extraordinary power-player who emerged as one of the driving forces behind American foreign policy throughout the 1980s and ’90s. At a time when understanding our friends is as important as knowing our enemies, understanding Prince Bandar bin Sultan may well be the key to figuring out the Saudis.”
At the moment President Putin from Russia has sided with Syria’s dictatorship. Assad has committed awful crimes against Syria’s rebels causing a Syrian refugee crises who are running away to save their lives. ~ Natalie
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