Why would Saudi rulers threaten us if they have nothing to hide?
If they didn’t have anything to do with 9/11, then why do Saudi rulers threaten to hurt us if the U.S. government declassifies its own documents?
The New York Times reports,
Saudi Arabia has told the Obama administration and members of Congress that it will sell off hundreds of billions of dollars’ worth of American assets held by the kingdom if Congress passes a bill that would allow the Saudi government to be held responsible in American courts for any role in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
The Obama administration has lobbied Congress to block the bill’s passage, according to administration officials and congressional aides from both parties, and the Saudi threats have been the subject of intense discussions in recent weeks between lawmakers and officials from the State Department and the Pentagon. The officials have warned senators of diplomatic and economic fallout from the legislation.
Adel al-Jubeir, the Saudi foreign minister, delivered the kingdom’s message personally last month during a trip to Washington, telling lawmakers that Saudi Arabia would be forced to sell up to $750 billion in treasury securities and other assets in the United States before they could be in danger of being frozen by American courts.
According to several economists, this would be a suicide bombing of the economy. The Saudis would have to hurt their own economy—perhaps “cripple” it—in order to damage our economy. Indeed, the Saudi currency is pegged to the dollar, so any destruction of the dollar will also affect Saudi Arabia.
But does this mean they wouldn’t do it?
More importantly, what does it tell us about the U.S. government that it has been covering up something for Saudi Arabia for over a decade? There is no way the government can be accountable to voters if facts about such a momentous attack that affected so many lives can be kept from public knowledge. There are signs that the public is not going to take it anymore.