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Kerry Meeting With Saudi Foreign Minister Abruptly Closed to Press (CYA Time!)
Front Page ^ | April 16, 2013 | By Daniel Greenfield

Posted on 04/16/2013 12:28:06 PM PDT by drewh

Kerry’s previous rounds of meetings with foreign ministers had been open to the press. And the meeting with the Saudi Foreign Minister should have been far less controversial than his meetings with foreign ministers in Asia where the North Korean crisis was still underway.

The meeting with the Saudi Foreign Minister should have been open to the press as well. But then suddenly, it wasn’t.

A meeting Secretary of State John Kerry was to hold with Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Saud Al-Faisal was abruptly closed to press coverage Tuesday morning.

The State Department provided no reason for the change, which was announced just 15 minutes before the scheduled 10 A.M. session, but media reports have said that a Saudi national in the U.S. on a student visa is a “person of interest” to investigators probing the bombings at the Boston Marathon on Monday.

“Apologies for short notice,” the State Department’s press office told reporters as it announced the change. A spokesperson did not immediately respond to a query about the closure of the meeting, which had been scheduled to include a so-called “camera spray” at the top of the session.

The Saudis tend to be aggressive in protecting their nationals, even when they are involved in terrorism. And Kerry clearly is trying to avoid any kind of public exchange or questions at the topic.

The abrupt shutdown suggests that the State Department left the window open as long as possible in the hopes that the Saudi national would become a non-issue. The shutdown suggests that whatever direction the FBI investigation is headed in, its people are unable to tell State that the Saudi national in custody is not a player. Otherwise Kerry could have easily shot down the question.

It also suggests that the Saudis might want to press Kerry privately on their usual agenda of exculpating Saudi Arabia for its terrorist backing and transferring over the Saudi national to their custody.


TOPICS: Extended News; Israel; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: bostonmarathon; bostonmarathonattack; herridge; powerfulsaudifamily; saudiarabia; saudimeeting; saudinational; soskerry; terroristattack; waronterror

1 posted on 04/16/2013 12:28:06 PM PDT by drewh
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To: drewh

I bet his maximum eminence is sequestered in his office today too trying to figure out how to play the bombing into his anti gun and pro immigration actions. Yesterday morning he figured he had clear sailing on the second and was working around to the same with the first. He cannot even slip out now for a day at the links or someone will complain so he is trapped with the chabaca and biden for a whole day at least.


2 posted on 04/16/2013 12:31:32 PM PDT by Mouton (108th MI Group.....68-71)
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To: drewh

I hate that we have America haters in charge.


3 posted on 04/16/2013 12:31:55 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: drewh

Time to bend over and grab your ankles Lurch...


4 posted on 04/16/2013 12:32:03 PM PDT by alice_in_bubbaland (When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes mandatory- Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Mouton

Never let a good crisis go to waste and all...


5 posted on 04/16/2013 12:32:16 PM PDT by drewh
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To: drewh
The abrupt shutdown suggests that the State Department left the window open as long as possible in the hopes that the Saudi national would become a non-issue. The shutdown suggests that whatever direction the FBI investigation is headed in, its people are unable to tell State that the Saudi national in custody is not a player. Otherwise Kerry could have easily shot down the question.

Pretty difficult to spin this differently...if it does turn out that this was a Saudi national then that alert citizen who apprehended him deserves a medal..not that he'll get it from the Obama administration...they would only have been too happy to blame it on the tea party.

6 posted on 04/16/2013 12:34:19 PM PDT by DouglasKC
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To: DouglasKC
Let just hope we don't give himn a free plane flight home.


7 posted on 04/16/2013 12:40:17 PM PDT by drewh
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To: drewh

I wonder what George W Bush thinks about all this. Any chance 60 minutes gets to interview W?


8 posted on 04/16/2013 12:41:22 PM PDT by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: drewh

9 posted on 04/16/2013 12:51:07 PM PDT by pabianice
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To: drewh; All

They are trying to keep the lid on Boston as Islamic Terrorism because Obama’s buddies Marco Rubio and the MS-8 need to get Illegal Alien Amnesty passed


10 posted on 04/16/2013 12:57:24 PM PDT by SeminoleCounty (GOP - Greenlighting Obama's Programs)
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To: SeminoleCounty

The lid will be sealed tight until they absolutley have to do something, remember Obama was bought and paid for by his Saudi backers as a kid...


11 posted on 04/16/2013 1:01:23 PM PDT by drewh
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To: drewh

Promising more flexibility?


12 posted on 04/16/2013 1:08:07 PM PDT by bgill
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To: drewh

How long after Kerry’s closed meeting was it declared that the Saudi person of interest was cleared & is no longer a suspect?


13 posted on 04/16/2013 1:22:13 PM PDT by LADY J (You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have. - Author Unknown)
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To: LADY J

I dont believe anything coming from the administration on this issue with the Saudis, given Obama’s perosnal history in the region. http://www.debka.com/article/22901/Saudi-terror-cell-possibly-al-Qaeda-behind-Boston-Marathon-bombings-Manhunt-for-escaped-suspect


14 posted on 04/16/2013 1:26:45 PM PDT by drewh
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The Wolves Are Here America! What Will You Do?

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15 posted on 04/16/2013 1:31:42 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (My faith and politics cannot be separated)
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To: drewh

Were there loud slurping noises and groans heard coming from behind those closed doors?

LLS


16 posted on 04/16/2013 2:25:32 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: Zuben Elgenubi

If he has finished the job in the beginning and not tried bring these animals into the 21st Century... maybe this would never have happened.

LLS


17 posted on 04/16/2013 2:26:48 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: DJ MacWoW

Shoot them.


18 posted on 04/16/2013 2:29:51 PM PDT by bicyclerepair (0bama is a POS, with all due respect to excrement.)
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To: bicyclerepair

That was the Founding Fathers intent.


19 posted on 04/16/2013 2:31:14 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (My faith and politics cannot be separated)
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To: drewh

How tight will the Saudis keep the leash as they take their dog Ketchup Boy for a walk?


20 posted on 04/16/2013 2:41:46 PM PDT by Freedom of Speech Wins
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21 posted on 04/16/2013 4:44:29 PM PDT by SJackson (The Pilgrims—Doing the jobs Native Americans wouldn’t do !)
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To: SJackson; MinuteGal

The reason that suddenly the Admin/FBI is saying the Saudi student they suspect is no longer a person of interest is to give Obama breathing room to claim that the Boston “incident” is a terrorist attack. As long as there is no definitive link to Muzzies, Obama can feel free to call the attack terrorism in the national and international press without repercussions from his Arab regimes’ friends, as there is no definitive suspect. The Saudi student has had to be temporarily declassified as a suspect in order for Obama to accomplish this end.

The Arabs don’t want to hear in the public world media that they are responsible for terrorist attacks all over the globe, and particularly don’t want to hear it from Obama, whom they own starting years ago when they supported him through college, and to the present day when they basically contributed greatly to getting him hired as Prez by illegally funnelling money from rich Arabs overseas via Obama’s election website, where money was being laundered from illegal overseas sources left and right. They know this, he knows this, they own him. They could out him at any time. So he must kowtow to them, which isn’t hard for Obama to do as psychologically he is one of them anyhow.

Obama was taking flack from some of the U.S. media for not coming out in his first speech on the “incident” and calling it what it obviously was, a terrorist attack. So he had to go public to rectify this faux pas for public consumption (although it really was an intentional act by Obama of omitting the word terrorism). So, Obama and his minions (including the FBI higher ups, who are stoolies for Obama) opened a small window of opportunity for him to speak again and use the word terrorism in his comments without alienating his Arab overlords, as long as the actual suspect would remain vague (by claiming the Saudi student allegedly is not involved).

Machiavellian, but I smell a rat, and suspect that this is exactly what is happening. Word games of the first order by the masters of the art, the Obama Admin.


22 posted on 04/16/2013 5:58:03 PM PDT by flaglady47 (When the gov't fears the people, liberty; When the people fear the gov't, tyranny.)
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Maybe. Call me naive, but I think the agents on site would have come to the correct conclusion were he involved. In any case, if he’s not, that tells us nothing relative to the actual perps.


23 posted on 04/16/2013 6:04:53 PM PDT by SJackson (The Pilgrims—Doing the jobs Native Americans wouldn’t do !)
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To: SJackson

“Maybe. Call me naive, but I think the agents on site would have come to the correct conclusion were he involved. In any case, if he’s not, that tells us nothing relative to the actual perps.”

On this particular subject you ARE being naive. See the new thread on FR just posted, entitled:

“Innocent” Saudi has ties to several al-Qaeda terrorists,

and then revise and/or extend your remarks.


24 posted on 04/16/2013 7:38:20 PM PDT by flaglady47 (When the gov't fears the people, liberty; When the people fear the gov't, tyranny.)
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