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Congress eliminates aid to Saudi Arabia
JERUSALEM POST ^ | Jun. 9, 2006 | AP

Posted on 06/09/2006 1:05:48 PM PDT by Sabramerican

Congress eliminates aid to Saudi Arabia Associated Press, THE JERUSALEM POST Jun. 9, 2006

The House of Representatives voted Friday to forbid US aid to Saudi Arabia, a statement of far more symbolic importance than economic.

The 312-97 vote was to eliminate $420,000 from the $21.3 billion Foreign Operations Appropriations bill. The money has financed $20,000 in military training and education and a $400,000 anti-terrorism program.

President George W. Bush considers Saudi Arabia a vital ally in his campaign against terror, which he began after the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States. The Bush administration has praised the Saudis for cracking down on terror operations within their borders but has complained about women's rights and other aspects of Saudi domestic policies.

For its part, Saudi Arabia has wanted a more active US role in mediating the Arab-Israeli problem. Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal complained about the Bush administration's decision to shut off direct aid to the elected Hamas-led Palestinian government.

Spokesmen for the Saudi Embassy and the White House did not immediately return telephone requests for comment.

"American taxpayer dollars should not be supporting Saudi hate and terror," Rep. Anthony Weiner, a New York Democrat who sponsored the amendment, said in a statement. "The Saudis have not cooperated with American investigations, they continue to provide financial support to terrorists, and they continue to nurture fanatical Wahhabism."

Wahhabism is the fundamentalist branch of Islam followed by Saudi Muslims. Osama bin Laden, the al-Qaida mastermind whose Saudi nationality has been revoked because of his terrorist activities, advocates a particularly austere version of Wahhabism.

In his statement, Weiner said the Saudis have violated assurances that they would stop financing terror organizations that have attacked the United States and Israel.

He said Saudi schools "continue to cultivate hate and intolerance despite claims of a `modernized' education system."

TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Government; Israel; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: arewecrazy; foreignaid; israel; saudiarabia; terrorwar; usaid; waronterror
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To: EagleUSA
I don't think we will ever see another conservative (REAL conservative) President

Of course we will. It really hasn't been eons since Reagan was in office, and yes, there WILL be another of his virtue to come down the pike. These things come and go like the tides.

(cue Excalibur rising from the lady of the lake..)

21 posted on 06/09/2006 7:30:45 PM PDT by Windsong (Jesus Saves, but Buddha makes incremental backups)
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To: Sabramerican

80 of the 97 were Republicans:

22 posted on 06/09/2006 7:35:11 PM PDT by Sometimes A River (Nations who do not know their national identity will become the prey of other nations - Atatürk)
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To: EagleUSA

"Great post, and it is difficult to find any obvious fault in it, from any perspective."

Thanks very much.

"All that being said, it is scary and sickening to realize how little is left in America that stands for America as the country it was intended to be. I don't think we will ever see another conservative (REAL conservative) President,"

Maybe, maybe not. I believe it is possible that Republicans will start waking up to the fact that the Left is infiltrating the Republican Party. If this happens with a large number of Republicans, I have no doubt we win.

Here's something to keep in mind. The Left has great power of subversion. Conservatives are loath to see subversion, which enhances the Left's power in this regard.

But let's not forget the Left's many and vast weaknesses. If you are like the average freeper, you live in a Red State and do not know the Left intimately. But I was born a Liberal and can see into the Left pretty well.

They are constantly weakening themselves. They are a group of preditors and parasites. You look at this from the outside and see the external threat they pose, but consider this: the main threat they pose (as individuals) is to each other, the main damage they do is to each other and themselves. This damage is a constant process. Just think about it. They proclaim the virtues of drugs, homosexuality, etc. and promote them within themselves and within the mainstream culture which they readily partake in.

On a macro scale, consider the Soviet Union. One of the very largest empires in the history of the world, with much apparent power. We get one real conservative president for two terms---and the whole thing collapses! In addition, the amount of actual fighting we did in this period was quite small. Essentially, the Soviet Union destroyed itself.

Blue states are the same. Did you know that there is a net outflow of population from the northeast? Interestingly, the white population net outflow is going into the Midwest and Far West. The black population outflow is going into the South. (Don't ask me why.)

But the key thing is, the Red States keep getting more population and the blue states keep going down. In addition, I think a very big percentage of those immigrants end up switching their political affiliation. They mainly leave because they can't get a job in a blue state, but can get one in a red state. I suspect the move is often connected with a political shift.

"and worse than that, look at what the Congress has degenerated into. A teaming swamp of anti-Americanism, anti-militarism, socialistic, political attack-dogs that are spending all their time fighting for position in the socialist pecking order, and not at all running and preserving America, as if they cared about it."

Well, I agree the Senate is pretty bad in a lot of ways, but even there, Roberts and Alito were confirmed. Yes, their immigration bill was horrible, but the House passed a pretty good one. I think the result will be "no legislation". This is disappointing, but look at it from a perspective of five or six years. Bush has always been for open borders. This didn't even bother the majority of Republicans in 2000. Immigration is a relatively new issue among the broad ranks of conservative Republicans.

Considering it that way, a lot of progress has been made pretty fast. I would turn your statement around about presidents to an extent, and make this statement: I don't think a person who believes in open borders (as Bush does) will ever be nominated for President by the Republican Party again.

Let me just conclude by saying is very encouraging to me when I occasionally meet someone like yourself on the Free Republic who is aware of the subversion going on in this country. And let me add: it is definitely happening more than it used to.

For awhile, I felt alone giving this message, but now I'm seeing that there are other people who feel the same way. If we can even reach the point of being considered a small minority of the party (as opposed to what we have now, which I would call "a scattering"), I definitely believe we will win. Why? Because the truth we are talking about is so obvious that the only way the other side can win is if practically no one is talking about it.

"And they just march forward, blatantly in front of a voting public that is paralyzed with ignorance, apathy, complacency and just outright stupidity, as if nothing was happening to their country. All one has to do, to become fully educated, is read that latest piece of total crap legislation that the Senate put out on illegal immigration. We are on the brink."

I don't disagree that we are on the brink. However, we may still win. Remember, the majority of Americans fundamentally think the same way we do. All we have to do is wake them up.

23 posted on 06/10/2006 10:03:41 AM PDT by strategofr (H-mentor:"pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it"Hillary's Secret War,Poe,p.198)
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