Friday, February 29, 2008

News you could've used, if you'd been told


I knew Saudi Prince Bandar and George Bush are good friends and all, but I never thought that the Prince would take a page right out of GWB's playbook and threaten Great Britain with a replay of their own version of 9/11, that is, the subway bombings on 7/7 of 2005.

When arms merchant BAE first heard that the British courts were investigating allegations that they had bribed foreign officials, including the Prince, they tried to coerce the British government to drop the investigation by saying that it would hurt the arms business.

I'll pause while we all contemplate how terrible THAT would be.

When threatening to take their toys and go home didn't work, BAE bribee Prince Bandar apparently decided that the U.K. would respond better to threats. So he, along with other Saudi officials, made one:

"Saudi Arabia's rulers threatened to make it easier for terrorists to attack London unless corruption investigations into their arms deals were halted, according to court documents revealed yesterday.

"Previously secret files describe how investigators were told they faced "another 7/7" and the loss of "British lives on British streets" if they pressed on with their inquiries and the Saudis carried out their threat to cut off intelligence."

Tony Blair, who was PM at the time, promptly ended the investigation of BAE.

Sheesh, is there anyone that Tony Blair won't cave in to? That makes me kind of sad. Not that I romanticize the brutality of the British Empire, y'all, but...well, dang. Is this what the US has to look forward to, once we let our militarism bankrupt us, like the old Soviet Union did, and we end up, when the People's Republic of China says "跃迁!" to us, saying to them "多么高?"

So anyway, now there is talk of re-opening the investigation, which is how the Saudis' threats have come to be made public.

The Prince is so close to the Bush family that they call him "Bandar Bush."

I wish I were making that up.

Bandar was, until 2005, ambassador to Washington. His wife made thousands of dollars in "charitable" contributions that ended up in the hands of the 9/11 hijackers.

Now Bandar Bush is head of the Saudi Arabia national security council.

So, sleep tight, everyone! Have a good weekend! Don't take any wooden 硬币!



(link courtesy Harry Shearer's Le Show)

5 comments:

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

I had never heard of this but it doesn't surprise me a bit.

Distributorcap said...

vikki

unreal, can you imagine how much influence peddling goes on between bush and saudis and the soon to be $4 gas (which bush claims he knows nothing about)

and yet people want Bush Lite in McCain --- cause he is TOUGH on turrists

dguzman said...

I remembered "Bandar Bush" from Fahrenheit 9/11, and there's rarely a mention of the Saudi connection to terror in the MSM, which really pisses me off. I guess holding hands with Georgie absolves the Saudis of all crimes, including fucking us on gas prices. As long as Georgie and Big Dick and their pals get rich, then who the hell cares about the rest of us?

GETkristiLOVE said...

I wonder what the Prince's family calls GWB... the ignorant one? the yes man? the gravy train?

Grant Miller said...

I highly recommend "The Commission: An Uncensored History of the 9/11 Investigation." It's not conspiracy theory stuff, but it'll piss you off nonetheless.