Donald Trump continues on his tirade about the dangers Mexico poses to the United States while completely oblivious or ignorant to the real threat to the homeland. The problem is not so much the political rhetoric but rather that the danger continues to exist while the politics keeps it all hushed up. Today, I am writing about the threat from Saudi Arabia. It’s not a potential threat, but an ongoing threat that no one wants to talk about.
As I have demonstrated conclusively, none of the 9/11 hijackers entered from Mexico. Of about 100 recent domestic terrorist cases that I studied, only two entered through Mexico. Of the 94 terrorist cases, only four were undocumented immigrants. In other words, the vast majority of terrorists who have been tried in US courts for domestic terrorism are either US citizens or legal immigrants that came into the United States through borders, other than the US/Mexico border.
However, here is an important fact that is inconvenient for the political rhetoric. Of the 19 9/11 terrorists, 15 of them were Saudi nationals. Almost 80% of the 9/11 terrorists were from Saudi Arabia. This is a fact that is often ignored because it comes down to money.
During the various oil embargoes and economic crises caused by oil price fluctuations, there has always been one country that supplied oil to the United States and has never been a member of OPEC. That is Mexico. For all intents and purposes, OPEC is an oil price-fixing cartel with the single purpose artificially increasing the price of oil for the benefit of the cartel members. Among the membership has always been Saudi Arabia, along with Iran, Iraq and Libya; countries that have threaten US citizens across the globe. Venezuela, who is an unstable South American country intent on damaging the United States, is also a member of OPEC.
Since a 2002 9/11 commission report, the Joint Inquiry into Intelligence Community Activities Before and After the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001, was released, 28 pages have been withheld. There has been a movement, led by 9/11 survivors who want to sue the Saudi government, to force the US government to release the classified pages. Except for a very select group of government officials, no one really knows what is the in the 28 pages. Depending on who you believe, the classified 28 pages either exonerates the Saudi government or proves their complicity.
CIA chief, John Brennan, says that the classified pages clears Saudi Arabia of “any responsibility.” Former senator, Bob Graham, who headed the Senate intelligence committee that produced the report, has stated that the missing pages show that the Saudi government provided assistance to the 9/11 hijackers.
The truth is likely somewhere in between, as evidenced by the classified nature of the pages. Both sides, with knowledge of their contents, agree that they report on Saudi involvement. One side argues that the pages absolve the Saudi’s of involvement, while the other argues that it proves the involvement. Likely, when the pages are made public, they will show that the Saudi Arabian government, either knew about the plot and did nothing, or actually participated in it. It is unlikely that the missing pages are flattering to the Saudis.
Donald Trump has argued that Saudi Arabia is not a friend to the US. Trump has also demanded that Muslim immigrants be prohibited, however he has since back down on a complete ban on Muslims. However, none of that has kept Donald Trump from doing business with the Saudi Arabia. Donald Trump, not only has been doing business with Saudi Arabia, but is currently involved in a hotel project in Jeddah.
Hillary Clinton, for her part, or better yet, the Clinton Foundation has accepted at least $25 million in donations from Saudi Arabia. There is no question that Hillary Clinton benefits from the foundation. Remember that foreign campaign donations are illegal, but nothing stops private foundations from accepting them. As you can see, Hillary Clinton has no problem with Saudi Arabia, especially when it comes to their money.
Through all of this, the Saudi Arabian official policy has been to pretend to be friendly in support of US ideals. Yet, the Saudi government has no problem keeping women from driving on the roads or publicly beheading criminals. Worse yet, the Saudi government, as a matter of policy, has systematically worked against the economic interests of the US through OPEC and as a source of terrorism. But, they buy good will through donations to Clinton and business opportunities for Donald Trump.
Maybe therein in lies the solution to the Mexican problem. Rather than rely on the facts to lead the way, the Mexican government should, instead, begin to fund US political candidates. If facts, aren’t working, then maybe it’s time to start buying Mexican goodwill by funding US political candidates.