Unexpected Crisis on Obama's Final Saudi Visit Agenda
A senior, bipartisan array of members of the two major investigations into the 9/11 attacks appeared on "60 Minutes" Sunday night, calling for release of secret documents which show Saudi Arabia's involvement in the attacks. The program appeared just before Barack Obama's final presidential visit to Saudi Arabia next week, and simultaneous with Congressional Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi's press statement calling for release of the secret "28 pages" of the Congressional 9/11 investigation.
The agenda of Obama's "crowning" visit to his war ally has surely now been "complicated." The Royal Embassy in Washington of the Wahabite Saudi monarchy, weakened and not so dismissive as with previous 9/11 exposes, immediately denounced the "60 Minutes" broadcast as "a compilation of myths and erroneous charges that have been thoroughly addressed not just by the Saudi government, but also by the 9/11 Commission and the U.S. Courts."
In the years since Obama first promised 9/11 victims' families that he would declassify the 28 pages, he and the Saudis have been hand-in-hand in so much genocidal, or merely disastrous warmaking — and still are — that revealing Saudi responsibility in the 9/11 attacks would be a charge of dynamite, which would hit London as well. The "60 Minutes" segment began by stating, accurately, that there is "deep distrust" between the war allies, part of which arises from the obvious Saudi support for Sunni jihadist groups and terrorist ideologies worldwide.
Yet justice must, at last, be done for the 9/11 victims. Representative Pelosi stated that "As the former Ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee looking into the 9/11 attacks, I agree with former Senator Bob Graham that these documents should be declassified and made public." Graham, on the CBS-TV program, said the hijackers had to have support within the United States, and when asked, "You believe that support came from Saudi Arabia?", answered, "Substantially," and indicated that he included the Saudi government. 9/11 Commission members Adm. (ret.) John Lehman, former Sen. Bob Kerrey, former Colorado Gov. Tim Roemer, all confirmed that most members of both investigations — including their leaders — want the 28 pages declassified by Obama. Moreso do the families, and EIR.
Most notable was Kerrey's remark. The Saudi government for 14 years has relied on a single sentence in the 9/11 Commission Report, that it "did not find evidence that senior Saudi officials" were behind the attacks. Despite the extreme, deliberate ambiguity of "senior," the Saudis have claimed, publicly and in U.S. Courts, that the Commission exonerated them. Kerrey bluntly told "60 Minutes" host Steve Kroft, "No, we did not exonerate the Saudis."