"Our President said in his speech in March that when we go into Iraq, we are going there because Saddam Hussein has harbored, trained and funded terrorists, including those connected to al-Qaeda. If we are going to attack a nation and occupy it because of a connection to al-Qaeda, which never appeared, then what are we doing with Saudi Arabia? They are effectively occupying us financially. We have become a financial colony of the petro-fanatics."
Well, it’s become a topic of increasing speculation: Is the Bush Cartel war on Iraq a diversion from having the American press and people demand answers about the Saudi financial support of al-Qaeda – and the fact that 15 of the 19 hijackers on September 11th were Saudis, as well as bin Laden? Do the 28 Bush administration censored pages from the Congressional 9/11 report reveal a much broader Saudi royal family involvement in financing charities linked to terrorist groups? Why have so many connections between the Saudi family and terrorists – as well as the large number of Saudis in leadership position in terrorist groups been swept under the rug by the Bush administration?

All good questions indeed. They are particularly relevant as we post this interview with Palast, because the Saudi Foreign Minister is on a visit to America today. Who did he meet with first?

Papa Bush yesterday. Who is he meeting with second?

Dick Cheney today. You see the Saudi royal family knows who is REALLY running the American government. [LINK] On July 29th, Prince Saud el-Faisal made an "emergency" visit to Bush the Junior to discuss the 28 censored pages allegedly concerning Saudi financing of charitable organizations that give money to terrorists. As Joe Conason commented on that Crawford ranch tete-a-tete [LINK]: So regardless of any claims to the contrary, it seems prudent to remember that the White House and the House of Saud are likewise best served by keeping all the sensitive files locked away. Both houses would be unwise to risk speaking candidly about each other now -- a caution that applies with special emphasis when the residents of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue bear the name of Bush….

The U.S. government knows many unflattering stories about the Saudi rulers. Unfortunately, they know many and perhaps worse about ours. The preference for silence and secrecy is understandably mutual.

In the next two weeks, we will be posting an interview with Robert Baer, author of "Sleeping with the Devil: How Washington Sold Our Soul for Saudi Crude." We will further explore the Bush Cartel’s cover-up of the Saudi connection to terrorism at that time –- and the inter-relationship between the Bush Cartel financial empire and the Saudis.

Interestingly enough, as we post this interview, the Pentagon has reported that most U.S. Forces have been withdrawn from Saudi Arabia. "The Pentagon has withdrawn most of its forces from the strategic Mideast nation of Saudi Arabia, ending a decade-long buildup started after the first war against Iraq's Saddam Hussein," according to an Associated Press story. [LINK]

What does this mean? As we discuss in the interview with Palast, it means that Bush has met one of bin Laden's key demands of the U.S. Was Iraq invaded, in part, to comply with bin Laden's demand and take the heat off of Saudi Arabia? After all, the Pentagon has said that the bases are no longer necessary because they will build ones in Iraq. Think about it.

Was the invasion of Iraq a back-door cover-up for meeting one of Osman's key demands and seizing additional oil reserves for American and British companies? Think about it.