Friday, December 9, 2016

Robert Parry — The Need to Hold Saudi Arabia Accountable

Background that is important in light of Donald Trump's stance on Iran, as well as that of Lt. General Flynn, Trump's choice for National Security Advisor and appointment of General Mattis as Secretary of Defense.
One of Official Washington’s favorite “group thinks” is to insist that Iran is the “chief sponsor of terrorism,” but the reality is that Saudi Arabia is much guiltier and U.S. officials know it, says Robert Parry.…
Parry shows that it is impossible for anyone in the deep state or the military not to know that Saudi Arabia is the chief state sponsor of terrorism and not Iran. Iran is opposed by Israel and the Wahhabi-Salafi Sunni states, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

Is Donald Trump either misinformed, or carrying water for Israel?  But if that is so, why would he be backing off replacing Assad in Syria, which IsraelI officials have stated as the number one goal?

Are the generals are also misinformed (which is highly unlikely), backing Israel also, or just uttering a shibboleth as a secret handshake to be admitted to the game.

Consortium News
The Need to Hold Saudi Arabia Accountable
Robert Parry

See also
Some of President-elect Trump’s national security appointees are part of Official Washington’s “we-hate-Iran” group think, raising concerns about another Mideast war, notes ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar.
Trump and His Iran-Haters
Paul R. Pillar


Postkey said...

" . . . Israel, which possesses the most intimidating foreign lobby in Washington."

'In a 33-slide, 45-minute PowerPoint presentation, Petraeus’s briefers reported, among other things, “that there was a growing perception among Arab leaders that the U.S. was incapable of standing up to Israel, that CENTCOM’s mostly Arab constituency was losing faith in American promises, [and] that Israeli intransigence on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was jeopardizing U.S. standing in the region.” '"

The fate of someone who 'criticizes Israel?
"Former CIA Director David Petraeus resigned in November 2012 for what he called personal reasons"

Noah Way said...

Resignation is not the fate of anyone who opposes Israel.

John said...

US and other intelligence agencies have investigated this stuff. The vast majority of funding comes from Saudi Arabia, followed by the other Gulf states. All the individuals are known and are closely linked to the ruling dictatorships. None of this could occur without a nod from the very top. Washington is happy to see terrorists tearing the area apart, just as long as Israel, Turkey and the Gulf states aren't in the jihadis crosshairs.

Someone once correctly noted that Israel has a lobby pushing at an open door, and that it looks powerful but is in fact quite weak. If Washington wanted to turn the screws on Israel, the lobby wouldn't say boo. Washington, however, is currently fanatically pro-Israel, who ensures order in the area: close military and intelligence ties with Saudi Arabia and the other Gulf states to ensure their survival and the head of independent nationalism doesn't rear its head again; assassination campaigns; undertaking operations Washington desires but, for various reasons, cannot do itself; etc.