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Bush's Friends, The Saudis

On 9/11, several Saudi Arabian citizens who were part of the Al Qaeda network killed over 3,000 innocent people at the World Trade Center, Pentagon, and on United 93. Saudi Arabia faced no repercussions for their role and President Bush responded by holding hands with an old family friend (They've got numerous business dealings with his father and him in the past and I'm sure in the future. Apparently that Saudi money helps keep the family compound in Kennebunkport in tight shape).

In the last few days we've been subject to a p.r. campaign by the administration and their allies in the media focused on supposed Iranian funding of the Shiite faction in the Iraqi civil war. But at the same time, Saudi Arabia is funding the Sunni side. Once again, Saudi Arabia gets a pass.

Private Saudi citizens are giving millions of dollars to Sunni insurgents in Iraq and much of the money is used to buy weapons, including shoulder fired anti-aircraft missiles, according to key Iraqi officials and others familiar with the flow of cash.

Saudi government officials deny that any money from their country is being sent to Iraqis fighting the government and the U.S.-led coalition.

But the U.S. Iraq Study Group report said Saudis are a source of funding for Sunni Arab insurgents. Several truck drivers interviewed by The Associated Press described carrying boxes of cash from Saudi Arabia into Iraq, money they said was headed for insurgents.