Day By Day© by Chris Muir.

Thursday, October 27, 2005

"We have met the enemy and it is Saudi Arabia"

Frank Gaffney's hardhitting article, from which my title quote is drawn, begins this way:

On Monday, the Senate Judiciary Committee was focused long-overdue attention on the single most important factor in the future course of the War for the Free World: Which side is Saudi Arabia on? Unfortunately, the press of other business has caused this most timely of hearings to be postponed. The reason this question deserves urgent attention should be obvious: Since November 2001, there has been a roughly three-fold increase in the price of a barrel of oil, from $18 to as much as $70. As a result, Saudi Arabia —which currently exports about 10 million barrels per day —receives an extra half billion dollars every day from oil-consuming nations. If even a fraction of that $500 million dollars in found-money — to say nothing of the other resources of the Saudi kingdom — is being put in the service of our Islamofascist enemies, we are likely to face an even more serious problem in the future than we do today. As the Judiciary Committee hearing has surely demonstrated, it is a safe bet that a significant portion of the Saudis' petro-windfall will be put in the hands of Islamist totalitarians bent on our destruction. That is not simply because Saudi Arabia has long had ties to Islamofascist terrorists. Worse yet, the Saudis are themselves the wellspring of Sunni Islamofascism. To paraphrase Pogo, we have met the enemy and it is Saudi Arabia.
Read the rest of the article here to get the details behind Gaffney's conclusion. Then, think about the fact that George Friedman, of Stratfor, has long held that the President's real motive in going to war wasn't WMDs or Iraqi terrorism or violating UN sanctions, although those were legitimate factors at the time. Instead, he has consistently claimed that the President went to war to threaten Saudi Arabia, a country impossible to attack directly because of its oil. If that's the case, we should be, as I am, grateful for the President's steadfast decision (which goes a long way to helping me almost forgive him for his profligate habits with American taxpayer dollars, separate from war expenses).