As many of us suspected, this whole Bathroom-Gate non-issue (see this excellent piece in the Federalist Papers for all the reasons this was NEVER an issue in the first place, just made one by Liberals), there was something much more serious, much more, dare I say, SINISTER, afoot.
And that would be the recent revelation about Saudi Arabia threatening to call in their chits if 9/11 lawsuits were allowed to go through. Rather, that is the basis for what is happening that is truly astonishing. And that is the President of the United States choosing sides – but not OURS.
Now, I realize that this is not really that surprising considering how Obama reacted to the King of Saudi Arabia just seven years ago this month. Allow me to remind you (no need to have the sound on):
Uh, yeah. As I noted in a post seven years ago, Obama practically genuflected to the Saudi King. American Presidents DO NOT BOW TO OTHER LEADERS. Or they aren’t SUPPOSED to do so.
I reckon it shouldn’t come as a total surprise considering this, except that Obama is standing with Saudi Arabia against the US Senate. And get this, the Senate is actually pretty much in solidarity on this issue. Shocking, I know, but that highlights just how out of step and misguided is our President.
The dispute comes as bipartisan criticism is growing in Congress about Washington’s alliance with Saudi Arabia, for decades a crucial American ally in the Middle East and half of a partnership that once received little scrutiny from lawmakers. Last week, two senators introduced a resolution that would put restrictions on American arms sales to Saudi Arabia, which have expanded during the Obama administration.
Families of the Sept. 11 victims have used the courts to try to hold members of the Saudi royal family, Saudi banks and charities liable because of what the plaintiffs charged was Saudi financial support for terrorism. These efforts have largely been stymied, in part because of a 1976 law that gives foreign nations some immunity from lawsuits in American courts.
The Senate bill is intended to make clear that the immunity given to foreign nations under the law should not apply in cases where nations are found culpable for terrorist attacks that kill Americans on United States soil. If the bill were to pass both houses of Congress and be signed by the president, it could clear a path for the role of the Saudi government to be examined in the Sept. 11 lawsuits.
The bill is an anomaly in a Congress fractured by bitter partisanship, especially during an election year. It is sponsored by Senator John Cornyn, Republican of Texas, and Senator Chuck Schumer, Democrat of New York. It has the support of an unlikely coalition of liberal and conservative senators, including Al Franken, Democrat of Minnesota, and Ted Cruz, Republican of Texas. It passed through the Judiciary Committee in January without dissent.
“As our nation confronts new and expanding terror networks that are targeting our citizens, stopping the funding source for terrorists becomes even more important,” Mr. Cornyn said last month. […] (Click here to read the rest.)
To say the 9/11 Families are upset about Obama’s siding with Saudi Arabia against them, and against US, is putting it mildly. And they SHOULD be upset.
Hell, we should ALL be upset when our President sides with another nation, especially one that in one way or another, supported the majority of 9/11 terrorists. That may be putting it mildly, as Sen. Bob Graham went into more detail with John Smerconish on CNN. It is well worth your time to view the entire video, which comes via The Right Scoop:
That is one powerful interview, and highlights that there is much more in those 28 pages than we know, and that we have been misled that Saudi Arabia had nothing to do with the 9/11 terror attack.
It is hard to even fathom that we have a President who is arguing on behalf of another country against his own, especially in light of an Act passed earlier this year. From the NY Daily News:
[…] The Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, which passed the Senate Judiciary Committee earlier this year, would take away immunity from foreign governments in cases “arising from a terrorist attack that kills an American on American soil.”
Fifteen of the 19 hijackers were from Saudi Arabia.
Former U.S. Sen. Bob Graham, who co-chaired a joint congressional investigation into the attacks, charged Saudi officials were worried their ties to the World Trade Center terrorists would be revealed during a trial if the bill were passed.
“I think the action by Saudi Arabia is reprehensible and also very revealing,” the Florida Democrat told the Daily News Sunday. “They are so fearful of what would emerge if there were to be a full trial. That says something about Saudi Arabia’s involvement in 9/11.”
Graham, who left Capitol Hill in 2005, also slammed the Obama administration.
“I think it’s even more objectionable that the U.S. government has been supporting Saudi Arabia and erecting roadblocks to the passage of the legislation.” […] (Click here to read the rest.)
I couldn’t agree more. It is definitely “objectionable,” if not even worse than that.
This decision speaks VOLUMES about President Obama and his priorities. What it says is not good, not good at all.
And that is what Bathroom-Gate has been covering up.
There is more going on in the nation and world today. Feel free to discuss the above or whatever else is on your minds today. This is an Open Thread.