What we don’t know about Saudi Arabia is killing us. That’s the insane subtext of the so-called War on Terror, a decades-long travesty during which six U.S. presidents have been hustled by the religious fanatics of a brutal theocracy. Saudis are the sworn enemies of all our basic democratic values; yet we have embraced them as an indispensable ally.
It is nothing short of madness that the United States has continued to intimately partner with the very terrorist state that spawned the 9/11 attacks. Fifteen of the 19 hijackers had been admitted into our country on the basis of legal documents issued under the Saudi king’s authority. Yet the basic information as to Saudi culpability—compiled by a bipartisan Congressional joint inquiry—has been kept secret since 2002. As a result, the American public has been deceived into blindly supporting U.S. military invasions in the Middle East that have accomplished only a consolidation of Saudi power.
Former Democratic Senator Bob Graham, who was a leader of the inquiry, has urged release of Part 4 of its report. “The 28 pages primarily relate to who financed 9/11,” he noted, “and they point a very strong finger at Saudi Arabia as being the principal financier.”
Also speaking out are relatives of 9/11 victims, most notably William Doyle, whose son Joseph was killed in the World Trade Center. According to a recent New York Times article, “Mr. Doyle said that President Obama personally assured him after the death of Osama bin Laden [in 2011] that he would declassify that section of the report.… ‘Bill, I know about the pages. I promise I am going to get them released,’ Mr. Doyle recounted.”