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The other day, we mentioned that Brian Hook, Trump's special representative for Iran, might be in the running to be Trump's fourth-but-definitely-not-final national security advisor. Would you like to meet him and hear what he said yesterday about poor Saudi Arabia and the attack on its oil infrastructure that we are all supposed to be weeping and gnashing our breasts about? Is the one thing your Folgers is missing today is RAGE?

Hook was doing a telephone briefing with Congress on Monday night, and he attempted to explain how the Saudis are feeling right now, because if there's one thing you give a fuck about, it's the Saudi royal family's feelings:

Awwwwww, FUCK OFF.

Seriously, there is not enough "go fuck yourself" in the world, both for Brian Hook for sharing the Saudis' feelings in this way, and for the Saudis, who apparently give Trump all his marching orders, including when it's time to bomb some shit in Saudi Arabia's name.


To be clear:

9/11 was the "Saudis' 9/11."

How many of the 19 hijackers on 9/11 were Saudi? 13.

How many Osama bin Ladens were Saudi? Just the one!

As the Wall Street Journal reports, just last week the Trump administration, under pressure from families of 9/11 victims and as part of a long-running lawsuit, finally handed over the name of a Saudi official listed in a 2012 report, who's been investigated for his role in the attacks:

Victims' families had for months urged the government to provide the full report, telling President Trump in a letter recently that it would help them "finally learn the full truth and obtain justice from Saudi Arabia."

The FBI, citing the "exceptional nature of the case" said it would provide only the name of the one Saudi official that the families had wanted most to obtain, but no other information. The name of the official won't be made public, but would be given privately to lawyers for the victims' families, according to the filing. [...]

The document at issue consists of a four-page 2012 summary of an FBI inquiry into three people who may have assisted two of the hijackers in California in finding housing, obtaining driver's licenses and other matters.

Two of the people, Fahad al-Thumairy and Omar al-Bayoumi, were linked to the Saudi government, according to FBI and congressional documents. The third person, whose name is redacted, is described in the summary as having tasked the other two with assisting the hijackers.

There's been lots of mythmaking about who was really behind 9/11 -- to say the least! -- and indeed there is much uncertainty over what exact role the Saudi government or Saudi cut-outs played in the attacks, but we know some stuff! A 2016 piece in Foreign Policy, appropriately titled "What We Know About Saudi Arabia's Role In 9/11," spells out that actually we know a lot! Citing the long-redacted "28 pages" from the congressional report on 9/11, which were declassified in 2016, Foreign Policy lists a few damning items (we are picking just a couple, so go read the whole thing):

"While in the United States, some of the September 11 hijackers were in contact with, and received support and assistance from, individuals who may be connected to the Saudi government [...] [A]t least two of those individuals were alleged by some to be Saudi intelligence officers."

"a [deleted], dated July 2, 2002, [indicates] 'incontrovertible evidence that there is support for these terrorists inside the Saudi government."

And of course, there have long been reports that the Saudis had been funding (or paying off) Osama bin Laden and, at least indirectly, al Qaeda, for years before 9/11. Osama bin Laden, of course, was a sort of black sheep member of the prominent Saudi Bin Laden family.

Our point is fucking SPARE US, Brian Hook.

We don't know what's going to happen with Iran and Saudi Arabia. The Trump administration can't seem to get on the same page with the Trump administration on what the hell is going to happen. Clearly the Saudis want Trump to BOMB BOMB BOMB IRAN, but maybe also Donald Trump would like to make a selfie with the Iranian president?

What we do know is that we have a president who, for whatever goddamn reason, bends over backward for Saudi Arabia and its murder prince with approximately equal enthusiasm and flexibility as he does for Vladimir Putin. As Senator Kamala Harris, who sits on both the Senate Intelligence and Judiciary committees, noted on "The Rachel Maddow Show" Monday night, out of the five vetoes Donald Trump has issued during his presidency, FOUR of them have appeared to be in service of his masters in Saudi Arabia. This is a president who has turned a blind eye to the fact that Crown Prince Mohammad Bone Saw (MBS) ordered the murder of a Washington Post journalist in the Saudi embassy in Istanbul. Blockade Qatar because Saudi Arabia is mad, even though one of our most important bases is there, as well as fucking CENTCOM? Sure! Leak a little classified info to the murder prince so he can torture members of his own family and consolidate power? You tell us, Jared!

And then there's alllllllllll the grifting Trump's buddies have been trying to do since the damn 2016 campaign, much of which centers around ... Saudi Arabia!

Nothing about the Trump relationship with Saudi Arabia is healthy or good, and Saudi Arabia is NOT A ALLY.

And now our special representative for Iran Brian Hook is just saying to Hill staffers that the Saudis feel like the recent attacks are just like their 9/11, oh my God, shut your fucking mouth.

[Daily Beast]

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