Sunday, July 15, 2007

Our "Friends", The Saudis'

Los Angeles Times

BAGHDAD — Although Bush administration officials have frequently lashed out at Syria and Iran, accusing it of helping insurgents and militias here, the largest number of foreign fighters and suicide bombers in Iraq come from a third neighbor, Saudi Arabia, according to a senior U.S. military officer and Iraqi lawmakers.

About 45% of all foreign militants targeting U.S. troops and Iraqi civilians and security forces are from Saudi Arabia; 15% are from Syria and Lebanon; and 10% are from North Africa, according to official U.S. military figures made available to The Times by the senior officer. Nearly half of the 135 foreigners in U.S. detention facilities in Iraq are Saudis, he said.Fighters from Saudi Arabia are thought to have carried out more suicide bombings than those of any other nationality, said the senior U.S. officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the subject's sensitivity. It is apparently the first time a U.S. official has given such a breakdown on the role played by Saudi nationals in Iraq's Sunni Arab insurgency.He said 50% of all Saudi fighters in Iraq come here as suicide bombers. In the last six months, such bombings have killed or injured 4,000 Iraqis.

The situation has left the U.S. military in the awkward position of battling an enemy whose top source of foreign fighters is a key ally that at best has not been able to prevent its citizens from undertaking bloody attacks in Iraq, and at worst shares complicity in sending extremists to commit attacks against U.S. forces, Iraqi civilians and the Shiite-led government in Baghdad.The problem casts a spotlight on the tangled web of alliances and enmities that underlie the political relations between Muslim nations and the U.S.

Let’s put this in perspective, nine of the eleven terrorists who attacked us on 9/11 were from Saudi Arabia, zero were from Iraq. So we invaded Iraq and Saudi Arabia is our “friend and ally”?! Now, Bush and company want to bomb Iran because it’s helping insurgents in Iraq. Saudi Arabia is helping the insurgency in Iraq, but they’re still our “friend and ally”?! With logic like this is it any wonder that Bin Laden is free and rebuilding Al Qaeda’s strength in Pakistan and we're caught in a unwinnable quagmire in Iraq? I’ll tell you what my prayer for this country is, “God, please give us leader’s with some common sense and at least a few working brain cells”!


Blogger Tom Harper said...

Nope, not much logic in our foreign policy. Then again, there's so much secrecy and so many shadowy groups weilding the real power and pulling the strings, that maybe there really is a method to this madness. We'll probably never know, but it sure doesn't make much sense to us lowly commoners.

Who Hijacked Our Country

7/15/2007 3:11 PM  
Blogger LET'S TALK said...

This type of President will lead this country into nothing when he is finished. He keeps making wrong decisions that hurt our toops and the American people.

7/15/2007 8:01 PM  
Blogger pissed off patricia said...

If anything this administration does starts to make sense to you, call me and I'll get you some help. I mean really, absolutely nothing they have done shows any signs of sanity, but it sure does show signs of criminality.

7/16/2007 10:21 AM  
Blogger Political Realm said...

Leo, I'd be happy to exchange links. Keep up the good work with your site!

7/16/2007 2:17 PM  
Blogger Leo said...

Tom, if you believe our government "secretly" knows what it's doing then your a bigger optimist than I am. If they do, they certainly hide it well-lmao. Thanks for your take on it.
Lets Talk, he's doing his best to lead us into "nothingness" as you put it, that's for sure. Thanks.
PoP, you'll be my first call, but I don't think I'd wait by the phone if I were you-hee. I think insane criminals is as good or better a label for them then I've heard up until now. Thanks for your thoughts.

7/16/2007 2:25 PM  
Blogger Leo said...

Political Realm, great, I'll add you right now. Thanks, you too!

7/16/2007 3:16 PM  

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