by David Pence and A. Joseph Lynch
THE KING IS DEAD -- WHO SUCCEEDS THE KING?
U.S. PRESIDENTS AND SAUDI KINGS
SAUDIS ARE FRIENDS OF OUR LEADERS, BUT ARE THEY ALLIES OF OUR NATION?
King Abdullah was shrouded in a cloth and laid in a unmarked grave. His burial was testimony to the radical equality of all men before God at the time of death. Yet from the grave his authority to enforce the familial succession he has outlined may not hold. His death and the US Senate debate on authorization of force against ISIS may afford an honest and complete look at the deeply contradictory relationship of the US with the Saudi gentocracy. Russ Doutaht captured the contradiction at the heart of our Mideast policy. Fifteen of the nineteen 9/11 hijackers were from Saudi Arabia. A true re-evaluation will let us look more honestly at the 28 redacted pages about Saudis in the 9/11 Report. It will let us see what is in plain sight: that the greatest source of funds for worldwide Jihad comes from Saudi Wahhabists. This re-evaluation is essential to check the clamor for war against Iran. We must ask if, in a Shiite Iran vs Sunni Saudi Arabia conflict, should the US back the most Salafist of all Sunnis? Let's hope a full Senate debate includes that question.