While progtards and brain-damaged Libertarians shriek about the supposed vast influence of the Israeli lobby in America, a far larger, richer, more powerful, more influential, and more dangerous lobby is pulling many of the strings in the Washington and New York worlds of politics, journalism, finance, and culture.
“The Saudis have taken a different tact from the Israeli lobby, focusing a top-down rather than bottom-up approach to lobbying. As hired gun, J. Crawford Cook, wrote in laying out his proposed strategy for the kingdom, ‘Saudi Arabia has a need to influence the few that influence the many, rather than the need to influence the many to whom the few must respond.’”
The primary means by which the Saudis exercise this influence is money. They spend enormous amounts of lucre to buy (or rent) former state department officials, diplomats, White House aides, and legislative leaders who become their elite lobbying corps. Far more insidiously, the Saudis let it be known that if current government officials want to be hired following their retirement from government service, they had better hew to the Saudi line while they are serving in our government. The former Saudi ambassador to the United States, Prince Bandar, who was so close to the President George H.W. Bush that he referred to himself as “Bandar Bush,” acknowledged the relationship between how a government official behaves while in office and how well he will be rewarded when he leaves office. “If the reputation then builds that the Saudis take care of friends when they leave office, you’d be surprised how much better friends you have when they are just coming into office.”
Bard concludes from this well known quid pro quo that: “given the potential of these post-retirement opportunities, it would not be surprising if officials adopted positions while in government to make themselves marketable to the Arab lobby.”
The methodology employed by the Arab lobby is thus totally inconsistent with democratic governance, because it does not reflect the will of the people but rather the corruption of the elite, while the Israeli lobby seems to operate within the parameters of democratic processes. Yet so much has been written about the allegedly corrosive nature of the Israeli lobby, while the powerful Arab lobby has widely escaped scrutiny and criticism. This important book thus contributes to the open marketplace of ideas by illuminating the dark side of the massive and largely undemocratic Arab lobbying efforts to influence American policy with regard to the Middle East.
Yes, that is correct. The Saudi regime has essentially purchased the American regime, from Presidents on down.
I don’t think it is necessarily paranoid to take a look at recent history through this very real prism. Why did we attack Iraq, say, rather than Iran in the wake of 9/11? Not to mention leaving Saudi Arabia itself unscathed, which supplied most of the men, the money, the organization of al Qaeda, and Osama bin Laden himself to that attack? Well, who did Saddam threaten the most? Israel? Hardly. Iran? Nope. The U.S.? No, again. In fact, Saddam thought we had a sub rosa understanding with him to act as our ally against Tehran.
But the Saudis feared Saddam greatly. He’d already made one lunge, via Kuwait, in their general direction, and they feared another. So “Bandar Bush’s” great friends, the Bush family, decided that removing Saddam was job number one.
Currently, the Saudis and their state Wahhabist Sunni sect are embroiled in a death match with the Shia of Iran, Sunni Islam’s deadly enemies for more than a thousand years, for control of the critical energy regions of the Middle East and, indeed, of Islam itself.
Bashar Assad’s regime is both an ally of, and a tool for, the Iranian regime. Hence, from the point of view of the Saudis, he is is a candidate for destruction. Which is why al Qaeda, a Saudi creation, is in the forefront of the “Syrian rebels.”
The question has been asked recently: Why are we aiding al Qaeda in Syria?
The answer is simple: Because the Saudis want us to.
Essentially what we have here is a religious war taking place on an ocean of oil. One player, Saudi Arabia, is armed with money and the clout it has created in America using that money. The other, Iran, is armed with nukes (or will be shortly), and the alliances it has formed with Russia and China. So we have three levels, really: On one level, a religious struggle. On a somewhat more immediate level, subterranean warfare via proxies (Syria, al Qaeda, “freedom fighters”) between Iran and Saudi Arabia. And, finally, a struggle for dominance in the energy-rich Middle East between America (and to a lesser extent Western Europe) on the one hand, and Russia and China on the other.
If you wonder how we managed to arrive at such a position, just take a look at where the near-infinite Saudi checkbook has been wielded.