So I was sitting around the other day, shooting the breeze with President Bush.
We talked about the weather, how his mother is doing and other little tid bits like how he thinks that he (as prez) has a right to know what everyone in America is reading and buying at their local bookstore. I didn’t challenge him on the issue because I thought that it might ruin my chances of him picking up the bill for my latte. Plus the House of Reps did their job on that issue anyway. Anywho…
After a good 30 minutes of trying to wrap my mind around how he functions on only vanilla flavored lattes for lunch, I finally had to get in his face and ask him the big question. I said, “Mr. President.. dude… What is up with Saudi Arabia”?
He looked at me with that look he gives people when he’s annoyed, cornered and racking his brain for the best Rove-spin on the subject and he slowly takes a sip on his vanilla latte (extra sugar) and stares for a long moment. Finally he says “They’re our friends and a strong ally on the war against terror.”
I laugh to myself as I remember what our government REALLY thinks.
( Senior Pentagon civilians and members of Vice President Dick Cheney’s staff reportedly see Saudi Arabia as an enemy. In fact, some neoconservatives believe that a U.S. invasion of Iraq and the institution of a democratic, pro-U.S. Iraqi government, which would become a major oil exporter to the West, would allow the United States to solve an even greater problem: Saudi support for radical Islamic terrorists. The reduced U.S. dependence on Saudi oil, resulting from the conquest of Iraq, neocons say, would allow the United States to finally stand up to the Saudis on the issue of terrorism. Yet the official position of the Bush administration is at the other end of the spectrum: that the Saudi regime is a friend.)
I press him again… “Mr. President… what the HELL is going on with Saudi Arabia”? I mean, we call them friends yet they smack us up side the head with our oil supply on a daily basis and continue to call communist nations like China “friends” before us! Most of the participants from 9/11 were from SAUDI ARABIA! Osama (Dunno-where-he-be) Bin Laden is originally from Saudi Arabia AND now, with this so called “War on Terror” in Iraq, we are continually fighting insurgents that are mostly coming from SAUDI ARABIA!! Oh, and not only that… (he looks away at a young little chippy in a short skirt) there is growing evidence coming from our own government (the Pentagon) that wealthy Saudis are funding these wacko-mojo insurgent kooks!
“Mr. President..” I said, “Can you explain why our administration has not and WILL NOT address the fact that Saudi Arabia might be the real threat to our national security and our real concern regarding this so called “War on Terror”? There is even extensive evidence that your administration censored 28 pages of the 9/11 report to cover up suspected Saudi involvement! Mr. President, PLEASE let me know why there are continuous allegations that terrorists are getting help from inside Saudi Arabia and yet, we do nothing about it except continue to call them our ally in this war?
Bush looks and me… hands me the check for my latte and danish and mumbles something about global warming and Iran and slowly gets up to flirt with the chippy.
I’m just trying to get answers here and all I get is another bill, directly from the president to the average American. I’m a fair guy though, I accept the bill and give him the “zip up your fly” nod. (I want him to have a chance at baggin this babe!) After all, I still believe a president works better and harder for the American people when he’s getting a little love on the side. This one needs all the help he can get.
Granted, I can see the problems with questioning the Saudis. As Baer states ” It wouldn’t take much, he argues, for Saudi militants to get hold of potent weapons, cull a small force from the largely disaffected population, and carry out an attack on the country’s vital oil infrastructure. Halting the flow of Saudi crude would send world oil prices sky high and, in a worst-case scenario, could lead to regional war and global economic collapse.”
Sounds pretty bad to me.
As I watch the president make feeble attempts at flirting, I ponder the darker side of his mind. Does he really think it’s ok to LIE to the American people to slowly gain an American stronghold in the Middle East to ultimately control our precious flow of oil for the future, or is it better to tell us the truth?
I’m guessing that the truth (that Saudi Arabia is our real enemy) would be too painful and costly to our American pocketbooks. And that might be the real story and the REAL truth.
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