House of Bush, House of Saud, House of Cards

I mentioned recently the troubling 2004 book House of Bush, House of Saud: The Hidden Relationship Between the World’s Two Most Powerful Dynasties by Craig Unger, in a conversation over what could have or should have or might have been done by the US government with respect to 15 of the 19 terrorists involved in the 9/11 horrors being Saudi Arabian (two were from the UAR, one from Egypt and one from Lebanon).

That is, what might have been done if life, even in a democracy, really was above board, transparent, clear, open, honest and just.

Well, I don’t know the answer, or the answers—in case anyone thought I did, including me.

Nevertheless, I was so startled rereading this quote from the book, page 200-201, that I thought I would (could or should) post it, seeing as so many average, heroic citizens fought for so long and hard to allow people to express themselves freely, as best they can—and its reality can help a person like me be more discerning when watching the standard news, or anything else:

“In all, on a conservative estimate, $1.476 billion had made its way from the Saudis to the House of Bush and its allied companies and institutions [there is a breakdown at Appendix C in the book page 295, and by its own admission leaves out much and could be “substantially greater”—including “undisclosed legal fees for deals with the Saudis done by Baker Botts, nor does it include contracts between largely publickly held companies, such as the major oil cpompanies, and the Saudis. The actual total will never be known…”].

It could be safely said that never before in history had a presidential candidate—much less a presidential candidate and his father, a former president [and many of their well known friends, over and over]—been so closely tied financially and personally to the ruling family of another foreign power [not to mention fundamentalist power].

Never before had a president’s personal fortunes and public policies been so deeply entwined with another nation.

And what were the implications of that? In the case of George H. W. Bush, close relations with the Saudis had at times actually paid dividends for America—primarily during the Gulf War, for example.

But that carried with it a high price.

The Bushes had religiously observed one of the basic tenets of Saudi-American relations, that the United States would not poke its nose into Saudi Arabia’s internal affairs.

That might have been fine if the kingdom was another Western democracy like, say, Great Britain of Germany or Spain.

By the late nineties, it was clear that Saudi Arabia, more than any other country in the world, was responsible for the rise of Islamic fundamentalist terrorism….

What had previously been considered a purely domestic issue for the Saudis—the house of Saud’s relationship to Islamist extremists—was now a matter of America’s national security.

Hundreds had already been killed by Saudi-funded terrorists, yet former President Bush and James Baker continued their lucrative business deals with the Saudis apparently without asking the most fundamental questions…”

Take that as you will—a temporary and tiny yet significant cloaked reality of the world we live in, 2007.

If the world is a stage, the curtain sure doesn’t come up too often.

Wishing you clarity and grace, love and good company,

Pete

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One Response to “House of Bush, House of Saud, House of Cards”

  1. […] An interesting article worth reading from Rod Liddle in the Spectator Magazine about…well, in an article called Pity The Monks of Tibet Who Dare To Hope That Anyone Will Come To Their Aid, he sums it up here: It is one thing to behave cravenly toward the appalling Saudis in order to ‘protect our security interests’; it is another to suck up to the even worse Chinese simply because they are bigger than us and we want a slice of their burgeoning economy. […]

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