By Julio Severo
CIA under President Donald Trump has made what was possible only under Obama or a fake news: Mike Pompeo, the man Trump appointed as the new U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) director, visited Saudi Arabia last week to hand over to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior in Saudi Arabia, the George Tenet Medal for counter-terrorism work and for “his unbound contribution to realize world security and peace.”
In a press statement to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), which belongs to the Saudi government, Abdulaziz expressed his appreciation for CIA for bestowing the award and he said that the medal is a fruit of endeavors and of Saudi leaders to combat terrorism.
Commenting on the Saudi role in combating terrorism, he said that Saudi Arabia totally rejects terrorism, condemning it in all forms and manifestations, and saying that there is no connection between Islam and terror. He added that Saudi Arabia will continue to combat terrorism and extremism.
Replying a question on the relation between Saudi Arabia and the Trump administration, Abdulaziz said that the U.S.-Saudi relations are historically and strategically based and that no attempt will succeed in separating Saudi Arabia and the United States.
Pompeo, the official Trump representative who rewarded Saudi Arabia, made no objection.
All this information came from the official news agency of the Saudi government.
Yet, no mainstream U.S. media has reported it until now. My first thought was: Why are not the U.S. big media reporting it? Do not they want to bother their new boss? Even the powerful left-wing media is silent.
If Trump wants to be taken seriously in his war against Islamic terror, why is not he taking seriously the Saudi role in the Islamic terrorism? Why did he send the CIA director to reward Saudi Arabia?
After all, is America First or Saudi Arabia First?
An award to Saudi Arabia for fighting terrorism is akin to an award to Hitler for fighting Nazism or to an award to Stalin for fighting the Soviet communism.
How does the Trump administration expect to fight Islamic terrorism by rewarding its main sponsor? Not only the main sponsor of Islamic terror against the world, but also against the United States.
A 2016 Fox News headline said, “Declassified memo shows multiple Saudi connections to 9/11 plotters.” Most Islamic terrorists involved in the 9/11 were Saudi.
A 2016 Foreign Policy report remarked about “incontrovertible evidence that there is support for these terrorists inside the Saudi Government.”
Of the 19 Islamic terrorists in the 9/11 attack, 15 of them were from Saudi Arabia, according to the CIA. In 2015, one of the 9/11 terrorists, Zacarias Moussaoui, claimed several members of the Saudi royal family had been listed as al-Qaeda donors in the database he worked on under orders of Osama bin Laden, CNN reports.
The Christian Broadcasting Network had this 2015 headline, “Saudi Arabia’s Role in Spreading Islamic Terrorism.”
Because the United States was also a victim of Saudi terrorists, it is impossible to understand why Trump sent the CIA director to reward an alleged Saudi work to “fight terrorism and promote world peace and security.”
Trump is making headlines for his ban on Islamic immigration and the conservative public understands that this is a serious effort to fight terrorism. But could it be just a big show? After all, Saudi Arabia, which bans the Bible and has no Christian community, is not in Trump’s blacklist. The Muslim nations in his blacklist are actually enemies of Saudi Arabia. Syria, which has one of the oldest Christian communities in the world, is in Trump’s blacklist.
In a 2014 article titled “Saudi royal family will not allow Obama to save Christians in Iraq,” Religious Freedom Coalition director William J. Murray said,
“The United States has been the ‘puppet’ military of the Saudi royal family, attacking and isolating Shia nations such as Syria. The Shia majority state of Syria, which protects religious minorities, is a target of the United States only because the Saudi royals are giving the orders, not the American people.”
According to Murray, under Obama, the U.S. and Saudi Arabia trained ISIS terrorists to attack Syria. And now with the CIA medal, Trump is rewarding both Obama and the Saudis for their dirty work.
According to John Perkins, in his 2004 book “Confessions of an Economic Hit Man,” Saudi Arabia has a very special relationship with the U.S. since mid-1970s. He says,
“The evidence was indisputable: Saudi Arabia, America’s longtime ally and the world’s largest oil producer, had somehow become, as a senior Treasury Department official put it, ‘the epicenter’ of terrorist financing… Saudi largess encouraged U.S. officials to look the other way, some veteran intelligence officers say. Billions of dollars in contracts, grants, and salaries have gone to a broad range of former U.S. officials who had dealt with the Saudis: ambassadors, CIA station chiefs, even cabinet secretaries…”
So even Americans know about the indisputable Saudi role in the international Islamic terrorism.
By sending his CIA director to reward Saudi Arabia for “fighting terrorism and promoting world peace and security,” Trump dashed the conservative hopes of a real fight against Islamic terror.
With information from the Saudi Press Agency, Religious Freedom Coalition and RT.