Why do U.S. presidents let Saudia Arabia get away with so much?

The current president just happened to engage in an unscheduled meeting with the Saudi foreign minister shorty after the Boston bombing. Shortly after that, a decision was made to deport a person of interest in the bombing and he just happens to be Saudi Arabian.

This reminded me of 9/11 when the U.S. government grounded all planes except for one that was evacuating a small group of Saudis.

Daniel Pipes wrote an interesting article regarding the unusual relationship between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia. In part, he states:

The Saudi ambassador to the United States, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, helpfully hinted at an answer in a statement boasting of his success cultivating powerful Americans. “If the reputation then builds that the Saudis take care of friends when they leave office”, Bandar once observed, “you’d be surprised how much better friends you have who are just coming into office.”This effective admission of bribery goes far to explain why the usual laws, regulations and rights do not apply when Saudi Arabia is involved. Hume Horan, himself a former U.S. ambassador to the Kingdom, is the great and noble exception to this pattern. He says this of his former colleagues:

There have been some people who really do go on the Saudi payroll, and they work as advisers and consultants. Prince Bandar is very good about massaging and promoting relationships like that. Money works wonders, and if you’ve got an awful lot of it, and a royal title-well, it’s amusing to see how some Americans liquefy in front of a foreign potentate, just because he’s called a prince.

It is no secret that many, or most, politicians can be bought; otherwise, how would so many of them end up with so much money?

I don’t know if there are any Saudis involved in the Boston bombing; however, it seems prudent to keep an eye on what our politicians are doing.

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