Skip to comments.Exposed: The US-Saudi Libya deal
Posted on 04/01/2011 3:03:39 PM PDT by FredDardick
This, in short, is the essence of a deal struck between the Barack Obama administration and the House of Saud. Two diplomatic sources at the United Nations independently confirmed that Washington, via Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, gave the go-ahead for Saudi Arabia to invade Bahrain and crush the pro-democracy movement in their neighbor in exchange for a "yes" vote by the Arab League for a no-fly zone over Libya - the main rationale that led to United Nations Security Council resolution 1973.
The revelation came from two different diplomats, a European and a member of the BRIC group, and was made separately to a US scholar and Asia Times Online. According to diplomatic protocol, their names cannot be disclosed. One of the diplomats said, "This is the reason why we could not support resolution 1973. We were arguing that Libya, Bahrain and Yemen were similar cases, and calling for a fact-finding mission. We maintain our official position that the resolution is not clear, and may be interpreted in a belligerent manner."
As Asia Times Online has reported, a full Arab League endorsement of a no-fly zone is a myth. Of the 22 full members, only 11 were present at the voting. Six of them were Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) members, the US-supported club of Gulf kingdoms/sheikhdoms, of which Saudi Arabia is the top dog. Syria and Algeria were against it. Saudi Arabia only had to "seduce" three other members to get the vote.
Translation: only nine out of 22 members of the Arab League voted for the no-fly zone. The vote was essentially a House of Saud-led operation, with Arab League secretary general Amr Moussa keen to polish his CV with Washington with an eye to become the next Egyptian President.
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oops... accidentally didn’t post the first line of the article: “You invade Bahrain. We take out Muammar Gaddafi in Libya.”
I read this earlier today. A bit conspiratorial. Doesn’t seem to fit Obama’s M-O.
But I’m all for a pro-western government assuming control of oil-rich Eastern Libya. MoMo can keep Tripoli.
Anyone got the picture of Obama bowing?
What pro-Western govt is that?
Whoopsie! Looks like the Hildebeest might have bitten off more than even she can chew this time, and when the hoo-rah really gets going, so might she.
This would be a great way for Premier Hussein to rid himself of at least one troublesome woman, and get himself out of an ill-advised operation in Libya. He can blame it all on Hillary, throw her under the bus and get someone into Foggy Bottom who really knows what HE’S doing....like Senator John F’in Kerry (D. Viet) for example....
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There are no pro-western governments, even in the west.
The Bahrain uprising needs to be put down. The Iranians are behind it and it most definitely is not a move towards any sort of Democracy.
Saudi Arabia dis not invade Bahrain. That is a pure lie.
They were invited. It is as if the Governor of Virginia asked the Governor of North Carolina to send in some MP’s to help out.
That actually happened when the governor of Alabama asked the Governor of North Carolina to send an MP unit to Tuskegee in 1995 to assist in controlling gangs of blacks looting the downtown after a hurricane.
“This would be a great way for Premier Hussein to rid himself of at least one troublesome woman”
As Michael Corleone said, “keep your friends close, and your enemies closer”, it’s been invaluable for BO to have Hillary on staff. I doubt he wants her to go, because she could be on talk shows causing trouble for him.
I think this makes perfect sense, and fits with all the facts I’m aware of.
You'd think they could do better with the Mercenary-in-Chief considering how much we're borrowing from them.
Washington, via Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, gave the go-ahead for Saudi Arabia to invade Bahrain and crush the pro-democracy movement in their neighbor in exchange for a "yes" vote by the Arab League for a no-fly zone over Libya -- the main rationale that led to United Nations Security Council resolution 1973.Gosh, this sure sounds like nuanced foreign policy, and not just the US acting like unilaterally with Ghetto Diplomacy.
a full Arab League endorsement of a no-fly zone is a myth. Of the 22 full members, only 11 were present at the voting... only nine out of 22 members of the Arab League voted for the no-fly zone.
There are no pro-western governments, even in the west.
And none worth a drop of American blood.
Bumparoo, good post devolve!
In other words the entire region is beset with a Sunni-Shia civil war. But Al Qaeda are radical Sunni and they would never side with Shia Iran. Says who? The media? And you believe them? Radical Sunnis are besot with whomever will provide them with protection and intelligence and expertise. Iran is the kingpin behind Al Qaeda, rest assured.
Remember, Al Qaeda hates the Saudi Royal family. Now who in the world would stand to gain the most by empowering Al Qaeda? Doh. Russia of course is lined up behind Iran, so you know where Iran gets it’s intelligence about us.
Iran was behind 9-11. Those Shia hate us with the heat of a thousands suns. They knew after Bush won the election we would be invading Iraq and they tried to pre-empt it with 9-11-01. This was after it was leaked we would create a protectorate of Iraq and the Iraqi oil fields as spelled out in the the Cheney led secret energy task force meetings. The theory is the task force recommended taking over Iraq in order to block an Iranian styled people’s Islamic Revolution there. So the US concocted WMD and Iraq invasion. 9-11 was an attempt to get us tied down in Afghanistan and perhaps lose the political ability to do the Iraq war. To Bush’s immense credit and owing to the skill and dedication of US armed forces, we were able to successfully execute both wars simulataneously.
Now Iran and Al Qaeda are going for the weaker bricks in the Arab wall. Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Bahrain actions prove it. We are actively engaged in trying to steer the Sunni/Shia crisis in our favor. Crushing Bahrain’s popular uprising was huge for us and a big plus in our column. Iran sees Bahrain as it’s wayward state. They tried to take it and failed.
Conspiratorial? We are talking about Arabs including ALL of TV’s favorite from Kenya including Fox News and Hillary.
The Beest is a blithering bozo.
Did you see this? Is it a reliable source? What are the chances the networks cover this story?
It depends on how much he he starts getting from his base, who aren’t very happy with him in the first place, along with the entire Arkansas Mafia that still believes the Hildebeest wuz robbed...
There’s no telling where this will go next.
2 new wars started by 0bama: Libya and Bahrain.
Objectively speaking, it would be EXTREMELY unwise for it to be relinquished to the loonies.
I would be too, but Obama's plan seems to be to let Al Qaeda take control there, I assume to help them finance their expansion.
Good post potlatch -
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Thanks. Just realized that I forgot to watch O’Reilly tonight. Hope he didn’t have more of Trump on and I missed it.
Hurricane Opal. I never heard about that, but then the Internet was really just getting going as an alternative source for news. It hit us pretty good here in Atlanta, lots of power outages, some multi-day.
If you use a light spray of vinegar you can clear the flies away from those african children and create a “no fly zone”.
Everything that has happened has plenty of other drivers.
There you go, injecting facts!
dont forget the subplot.........the Saudi’s continue to demand USA dollar as payment for oil....
staves off the demise of the USA dollar reserve currency status for time being.....
But, but, but Obama has a Nobel Peace Prize.
“The Shia Revival: How Conflicts within Islam Will Shape the Future”
It's not Russia Today, but Asia Times still isn't what I'd consider the best source of information about American foreign policy.
Sick reminder, but thank you for it!
It’s so good to “see” you!
It appears that Moussa Koussa’s family and anyone else who is thinking of defecting is being made to suffer.
We could end up getting pulled into an African Islamic civil war ....
Former Lebanese minister is calling on the people of Saudi to rise up against the ruling class of saudi Arabia.