Documentary: Saudi Arabia Uncovered/ Saudi repeats call for US strikes on Syrian government/ Obama expresses ‘strong’ support for Saudi Vision 2030/ US House okays sales of more banned bombs to Saudi/ Saudi Foreign Minister Meets Obama, Urges “More Aggressive Approach To Syria”/ U.N. Blacklists Saudi Arabia Coalition for Killing Children in Yemen/
[Editors Note: Saudi Arabia threatened to dump USTreasuries if the US published anything about their involvement in 9/11. USTreasuries are worthless pieces of paper. Many countries around the world are getting rid of them and replacing them with gold Backed Securities. Saudi Arabia has trillions of USTreasuries. In order to get value for something that is worthless, my guess is that the USA is selling in exchange for this paper, military hardware, including nuclear armaments. Now that most nations of the world no longer trade in petro dollars and the OPEC control team no longer has a stranglehold over the oil price, petro dollars are no longer of value to Saudi Arabia and the US in turn is no longer obliged to defend and protect them militarily. So the exchange of paper USTreasuies to recoup their losses for US military hardware makes sense. ]
The Saudi foreign minister has repeated Riyadh’s call on the US to carry out airstrikes against the Syrian government, echoing a similar request by dozens of US diplomats who broke ranks with the White House to push for military action against Damascus.
During a press briefing at the Saudi Embassy in Washington on Friday, Adel al-Jubeir said the Arab monarchy has long been pushing for a US military campaign to overthrow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
The Saudi minister added that from the very start of the crisis in Syria, Riyadh has strongly favored “a more robust policy, including air strikes, safe zones, a no fly zone, a no drive zone.”
He went on to say that the kingdom had called for arming Syria’s so-called “moderate opposition” with ground-to-air missiles and reiterated an offer to deploy Saudi special forces as part of any US-led operation against the Damascus government, which has been making back-to-back gains against the Daesh Takfiri group.
Jubeir’s comments came after 51 US State Department officials signed an internal document, known as the “dissent channel cable”, this week, calling for targeted military strikes against the Syrian government.
“Failure to stem Assad’s flagrant abuses will only bolster the ideological appeal of groups such as Daesh, even as they endure tactical setbacks on the battlefield,” reads the cable, critical of US President Barak Obama’s policies towards the Syrian crisis.
The State Department has acknowledged the existence of the cable as confidential diplomatic communication, but did not comment on its contents.
Meanwhile, Russia slammed the so-called internal document and warned that such attempts to oust Assad would not “contribute to a successful fight against terrorism.”
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov further said that “this could plunge the region into complete chaos.”
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov also censured the proposed attacks against Damascus, saying they would be “at odds with the UN resolutions.”
“We need to negotiate and reach a political resolution on the basis of international law, which was agreed upon at the UN Security Council,” Bogdanov added.
The United States and its allies formed a coalition that has been conducting airstrikes against what are said to be Daesh terrorists inside Syria since September 2014 without any authorization from Damascus or a UN mandate. The coalition has repeatedly been accused of targeting and killing civilians. It has also been largely incapable of fulfilling its declared aim of destroying Daesh.
Daesh Takfiri terrorists, who were initially trained by the CIA in Jordan in 2012 to destabilize the Syrian government, are engaged in crimes against humanity in the areas under their control.
Syria has been grappling with a deadly conflict it blames on certain foreign states for over five years. UN special envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura estimates that over 400,000 people have been killed in the conflict, which has also displaced over half of the Arab country’s pre-war population of about 23 million. The militancy has also taken a heavy toll on the country’s infrastructure.
US President Barack Obama has met with Saudi Arabian Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Washington, amid growing tensions between the two countries.
“President Obama met this morning in the Oval Office with His Royal Highness Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia, to continue discussions begun in April at the US-(Persian) Gulf Cooperation Council (P)GCC Summit in Riyadh,” according to a statement by the White House.
During the meeting held in the White House on Friday, Obama and the Saudi prince discussed a range of issues, including Washington-Riyadh bilateral relations, the Daesh terrorist group and the crisis in Yemen.
“The President commended the Deputy Crown Prince’s commitment to reform Saudi Arabia’s economy and underscored strong US support for achieving the recently-announced Vision 2030 goals,” the statement read.
The Saudi Vision 2030 refers to a sweeping set of programs and reforms recently endorsed by the Saudi cabinet to be implemented by 2030.
Obama also thanked Saudi Arabia for what he called Riyadh’s help to fight Daesh, despite Riyadh’s support for the Takfiri terrorists and other terrorist groups in the region.
“The president expressed appreciation for Saudi Arabia’s contributions to the campaign against ISIL (Daesh),” the statement said.
“They also discussed the important role Saudi Arabia can play in addressing extremist ideology,” it added.
Saudi Arabia is widely viewed as one of the major supporters of Daesh, mainly operating in Syria and Iraq.
Takfirism, which is the terrorist group’s trademark, is largely influenced by Wahhabism, the radical ideology dominating Saudi Arabia and freely preached by Saudi clerics.
During the Friday meeting, Obama also welcomed what he described as Saudi Arabia’s commitment to resolving the current crisis in Yemen, in spite of the ongoing Saudi military aggression against the war-stricken country.
“The President welcomed Saudi Arabia’s commitment to concluding a political settlement of the conflict and of (P)GCC support to address urgent humanitarian needs and rebuild the country,” the statement noted.
Saudi Arabia launched its military attacks against Yemen in March last year in a bid to bring Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi back to power and crush the Houthi movement.
More than 9,400 people have been killed and at least 16,000 others injured in the aggression. Saudi Arabia was responsible for 60 percent of the 510 children killed and 667 others injured in Yemen last year.
The Saudi prince’s visit to the US came as relations between the two countries have recently become strained over a number of issues, including Riyadh’s alleged role in the September 11, 2001, terror attacks.
In May, the US Senate passed a bill that allowed the families of 9/11 victims to sue the Riyadh regime for the damage caused by the tragic event.
Riyadh has vehemently objected to the bill and said that it might sell up to $750 billion in US securities and other American assets if it became law.
The United States House of Representatives has approved the sales of more cluster bombs to Saudi Arabia despite an international ban on the controversial munitions.
The House voted Thursday against a measure that would have banned the sales of such bombs to Saudi Arabia. Yet, US lawmakers killed the bill out of fear that it “stigmatized” the weapon of war.
“The Department of Defense strongly opposes this amendment,” said House member Rodney Frelinghuysen, chairman of the House Committee on Defense Appropriations, during floor debate. “They advise us that it would stigmatize cluster munitions, which are legitimate weapons with clear military utility.”
Cluster bombs are large shell casings that contain hundreds or thousands of bomblets. Some of the miniature bombs, which spread over large areas of land to cause more fatality, fail to explode on impact, thus leaving the explosives unnoticed for even years; only to be picked or poked by unsuspecting civilians much later when the innocent bear the brunt.
Cluster bombs were banned by an international treaty signed by 119 countries, not including the United States.
Speaking in support of the bill, Representative Hank Johnson said Saudi Arabia has deliberately targeted civilians with these bombs in Yemen where the Riyadh regime has been waging a war since late March last year – without a United Nations mandate – in a bid to undermine Yemen’s Ansarullah movement and restore power to former fugitive president, Abd Rubbuh Mansur Hadi, a staunch ally of Riyadh.
“Earlier this year, the Saudi-led coalition dropped cluster bombs in Yemen’s capital of Sana’a, specifically targeting known civilian neighborhoods,” said the lawmaker. “One of the buildings hit was the al-Noor Center for Care and Rehabilitation for the Blind, which also has a school for blind children. The destruction of the school and the injuries sustained by the children was unbearably gruesome.”
The Saudis and their allies have also used US-produced weapons to destroy markets,factories, and hospitals in Yemen.
The House vote came a day after one of the Saudi war’s key architects, Mohammed Bin Salman, the Saudi deputy crown prince and defense minister, met with US lawmakers during his current visit to America.
Last month, Human Rights Watch (HRW) criticized the US for selling cluster munitions to Saudi Arabia, urging Riyadh to stop using such banned arms that leave behind unexploded sub-munitions and endanger civilians.
The Saudi war on Yemen has killed more than 9,000 people, among them over 2,230 children. More than 16,000 others have also been injured since the onset of the military raids. According to the UN, airstrikes account for 60 percent of the civilians killed so far.
Earlier today, when breaking down the “mutiny” at the State Department which as the WSJ reported saw over 50 staffers demand that military strikes be launched against Syria to eliminated president Assad “as the only way to defeat the Islamic State”, we suggested that one of the untold motives behind this surprising revolt, a very disturbing one, is that this was merely a trojan horse proposal to push the Saudi agenda.
As we hinted, the US may be merely pandering to Saudi demands, something it has clearly done very well ever since the Sep 11 attacks which covered up Saudi involvement:
The cable also echoes the growing impatience among U.S. Gulf allies with the lack of military intervention targeted at the Damascus government to force Mr. Assad to resign and make way for a transitional government. Peace talks between Syria’s government and opposition collapsed in April over Mr. Assad’s fate, with the regime insisting he should stay in power, while the negotiated cease-fire continued to disintegrate. Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have pressed the U.S. to provide more sophisticated weapons to rebels. But Washington has resisted.
In other words, if the US does fold and proceeds with military strikes, i.e. full blown invasion and war, on Assad, it will once again be Saudi Arabia that is running US foreign policy, and pushing the US nation into what may be a state of open war with Russia.
As we concluded “we can only hope the American people wake up and stop this travesty
before Saudi Arabia’s favorite presidential candidate is elected
Then moments ago, the Saudi foreign minister Adel al Jubeir who is visiting the US and just concluded a meeting with President Obama confirmed just that when he said that “Saudi Arabia supports a more aggressive military approach in Syria to get Assad to agree to a political solution.”
In other words, he is urging Obama, or rather not the lame duck president, but rather his replacement, to fight a way for Saudi Arabia, one which may result in another far more serious war, that with Russia.
Which, of course, explains our article from early this week, namely the stunning admission by the Saudi Crown Prince that “Saudi Arabia Has Funded 20% Of Hillary’s Presidential Campaign.” We can already guess what one of president Hillary’s first foreign policy decisions will be: sending even more US troops to fight an offensive Saudi war against the sovereign state of Syria.
And then, in another curious admission, Jubeir also backtracked on his warning from mid-April in which he said that pursuing legal action against the Saudis over Sept 11 would lead to the Kingdom’s dumping of hundreds of billions in US reserves, and instead is now encouraging the release of the classified 28 pages on the September 11 attacks.
Well, if the Saudis are ok with it, what is Obama waiting for?
The United Nations yesterday released its annual blacklist for armed groups and states that violate the rights of children during conflict. One new addition to the list includes the Saudi Arabia-led coalition that is currently engaged in a Yemen war, while killing and maiming children .
Saudi armed forces started a military campaign In Yemen last year to prevent Iran-allied Houthi rebels who followed the beliefs of Yemen’s ex President, Ali Abdullah Saleh, from controlling the country. As a result of the war, many civilians, including children have been killed during airstrikes .
According to a report released by United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon on Thursday, the coalition has been responsible for a number of incidents since the war’s commencement in March 2015. The United Nations recorded a “six fold increase” of children killed and maimed in 2015 in contrast to previous years. The Saudi coalition caused 60 percent of 510 deaths and 667 injuries involving children last year alone .
The United Nations report said violations against children in Yemen increased significantly as a result of the escalating conflict.
“In Yemen, owing to the very large number of violations attributed to the two parties, the Houthis / Ansar Allah and the Saudi Arabia-led coalition are listed for killing and maiming and attacks on schools and hospitals,” said the United Nations Secretary General in his annual report .
According to the United Nations, groups are blacklisted when they: “engage in the recruitment and use of children, sexual violence against children, the killing and maiming of children, attacks on schools and / or hospitals and attacks or threats of attacks against protected personnel, and the abduction of children” .
Other groups, such as the Houthis, Hadi forces and pro-government militia have been on the list for several years, and are labeled as “persistent perpetrators” against children’s rights. However violent the coalition has been in in the past, this is their first time being blacklisted by the United Nations .
DR Congo, Afghanistan, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Myanmar and Somalia were some other governments also included in the report. The US was mentioned indirectly, but the report faulted a US attack on a “Doctors Without Borders” hospital in Afghanistan and blamed it on “international forces.” While the US admitted to the attack, they denied it was a war crime. Although they are large contributors to the Saudi-led war against Yemen, this has never been mentioned in a United Nations Report .
Israel and Hamas were also not present in this year’s report, the inclusions of which are annual “hot topics” for debate.
 “UN Adds US-Supported Saudi Coalition to ‘List of Shame’ for Killing Children in Yemen”, Nadia Prupis, Common Dreams, June 3, 2016.
 “U.N. adds Saudi coalition to blacklist for killing children in Yemen”, Michelle Nichols, Reuters, June 2, 2016.
 “UN blacklists Saudi Arabia-led coalition for ‘killing and maiming’ children in Yemen air strikes”, Lizzie Dearden,Independent, June 3, 2016.
 “Saudi Arabia Blacklisted By UN For Killing Children In Yemen”, MintPress News Deak, MintPress News, June 3, 2016.