‘We Misled You’: How the Saudis Are Coming Clean on Funding Terrorism

On my most recent trip to Saudi Arabia, I was greeted with a startling confession. In the past, when we raised the issue of funding Islamic extremists with the Saudis, all we got were denials. This time, in the course of meetings with King Salman, Crown Prince Nayef, Deputy Crown Mohammad Bin Salman and several ministers, one top Saudi official admitted to me, “We misled you.” He explained that Saudi support for Islamic extremism started in the early 1960s as a counter to Nasserism—the socialist political ideology that came out of the thinking of Egypt’s Gamal Abdel Nasser—which threatened Saudi Arabia and led to war between the two countries along the Yemen border. This tactic allowed them to successfully contain Nasserism, and the Saudis concluded that Islamism could be a powerful tool with broader utility.

I call BS.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    The Saudi rulers are now learning that the jihad they unleashed threatens their own rule. It couldn’t happen to nicer people.

  • tom_billesley

    So the message to Obama is that the Saud family supports islamists for the same reasons that Obama does.

  • ntt1

    You can perfume them and dress them up in fresh table cloths but at heart they will always be beduin goat fuckerts

  • barryjr

    PM Shithhead would do well to watch this to see how difficult it is for a servient colony to escape the cult of perpetual victims and pedophile worshippers.