My Quora answer to: Why didn’t the U.S. attack Saudi Arabia in the aftermath of 9/11?

“Because the Saudis used to be an important part of the wobbling jenga tower of alliances that allowed us to use proxies to indirectly fight other nuclear powers like the Russians and the Chinese. We were under the impression that we controlled the Saudis. 9/11 was the first indication that they controlled us, and they were using us as their proxies in their struggle to wrest control of the Muslim Ummah from Iran.

The Saudi leadership likes to pretend that it has no choice but to support al Qaeda, but that’s not true. Before 9/11, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, “ had a revealing and ominous conversation with the head of the British Secret Intelligence Service, MI6, Sir Richard Dearlove. Prince Bandar told him: “The time is not far off in the Middle East, Richard, when it will be literally ‘God help the Shia’. More than a billion Sunnis have simply had enough of them.”

[View: Iraq: How Saudi Arabia helped Isis take over the north of the country]

At that time, the (Sunni/Wahhabi) Saudis and the (Shia) Iranians fought each other indirectly, by killing ‘soft targets’. Saudis would tend to target Americans because they knew our government would never strike back. They’d even cover up Saudi crimes, because they were ‘too big (ie, wealthy and prone to bribe) to fail.’

As Paul Sperry writes: “.. the task force wanted to jail a number of embassy employees, “but the embassy complained to the US attorney” and their diplomatic visas were revoked as a compromise.

Former FBI agent John Guandolo, who worked 9/11 and related al Qaeda cases out of the bureau’s Washington field office, says Bandar should have been a key suspect in the 9/11 probe.

“The Saudi ambassador funded two of the 9/11 hijackers through a third party,” Guandolo said. “He should be treated as a terrorist suspect, as should other members of the Saudi elite class who the US government knows are currently funding the global jihad.”

But Bandar held sway over the FBI.

After he met on Sept. 13, 2001, with President Bush in the White House, where the two old family friends shared cigars on the Truman Balcony, the FBI evacuated dozens of Saudi officials from multiple cities, including at least one Osama bin Laden family member on the terror watch list. Instead of interrogating the Saudis, FBI agents acted as security escorts for them, even though it was known at the time that 15 of the 19 hijackers were Saudi citizens.”

[View: How US covered up Saudi role in 9/11]

Now, the Saudis are running out of money. Since they only had the friends they bought, they’re becoming unpopular. But their terrorist war against the world has claimed thousands of lives worldwide. They’ve destabilized governments and encouraged divisiveness and tribalism worldwide. We need to rethink our idea that the wealthy are too big to fail. As the Arabs say, ‘when the camel falls, the knives come out.’ The fat ones are good eating.”

via Mary P. Madigan’s answer to Why didn’t the U.S. attack Saudi Arabia in the aftermath of 9/11? – Quora

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