Destinharbor saidTypical Republican vision-- sure, let's make even more enemies with shortsighted nastiness. I'm in favor of opening up the 911 report but this bill revokes sovereign immunity and puts all Saudi dollar reserves at risk to the US courts. Which puts the US dollar at risk as the world reserve currency which benefits us mightily. And more. If we can do this, then other countries can, too. So some US corporation does something that kills some locals in some third world country and that country's courts decide the US government should have controlled the company better and attaches US assets and currency reserves. We'd end up with a free-for-all internationally and no one would ultimately benefit. That's what diplomacy is for. God, Republicans are fucked up.
All true. Although I dislike comparisons that some make between the US government and the Saudis.
Our US fault is one of complicity, for the sake of oil. It was clear from Day One that Saudi Royals had bankrolled and enabled the 9/11 terrorists. The Bush II Administration wanted the Saudis off the hook, lest it jeopardize the oil. Over 3000 innocent US citizens could die, and we would lie our way into an unnecessary war, leading our citizens into falsely believing the Iraqis had something to do with 9/11.
Just to deflect blame from the Saudis, and to serve the imperialist Middle East goals of the Bush Admin neocons. So that even more Americans died, mostly young kids nobly serving in uniform, and hundreds of thousands of Iraqis along with them, in a war we were promised would "pay for itself". Does anyone here remember those Republican promises?
Well, a couple of trillion dollars down the hole later, all we got for that promise is more death and worse Middle East turmoil than we had before. And we're still afraid to offend our Saudi "allies". THAT'S the country we should have invaded following 9/11, not Iraq.
But Bush the Lessor had to avenge his milquetoast father, who had wimped out from decisively defeating Saddam in the First Gulf War. Yielding under Saudi pressure, when General Schwarzkopf had already won the war, ordering a halt to our Iraq operations unfinished.
The US has a history of bending to the Saudis. All in the name of oil.
We should have taken the Saudi oil in the first place, for funding 9/11. Or else destroyed their infrastructure so that no one else could have their oil, either.
Instead we've been playing this appeasement game for nearly 20 years, with nothing to show for it. Except more dead US soldiers, increased Middle East chaos, and less influence in the region than we've ever had.
I'd have to conclude that the Bush neocon theories have failed miserably, and we're fools to continue following them. Insofar as Obama can't find the guts to oppose them, or the Republicans in the US Congress who still back them, I think that will be the blackest mark on his Presidential legacy.