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Day After Saudi Arabia Gives Record $3 Billion To Lebanese Army, Lebanese Troops Fire At Syrian Warplanes

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That didn't take long.

It was only yesterday that Saudi Arabia pledged a record $3 billion to prop up Lebanon's armed forces, in what the WSJ described as "a challenge to the Iranian-allied Hezbollah militia's decades-long status as Lebanon's main power broker and security force." Lebanese President Michel Sleiman revealed the Saudi gift on Lebanese national television Sunday, calling it the largest aid package ever to the country's defense bodies. The Saudi pledge compares with Lebanon's 2012 defense budget, which the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute put at $1.7 billion.

The Saudi move was announced hours after thousands of Lebanese turned out for the funerals of former cabinet minister Mohamad Chatah and some of the other victims killed Friday in a bombing in downtown Beirut. The bomb was believed to have targeted Mr. Chatah, an outspoken critic of Hezbollah's dominance of Lebanese affairs and security. No group has claimed responsibility. Saudi Arabia on Friday responded to the assassination by calling for Lebanon to build up the government and armed forces "to stop this tampering with the security of Lebanon and the Lebanese."

Surprisingly, the biggest winner here may be none other than France: "Lebanon would use the Saudi grant to buy "newer and more modern weapons," from France, said Mr. Sleiman, an independent who has become increasingly critical of Hezbollah. It followed what he called "decades of unsuccessful efforts" to build a credible Lebanese national defense force."

However, back to the Lebanese quid pro quo: less than 24 hours after the announcement, what does Lebanon go ahead and do? Why it fired at Syrian warplanes (recall Syria is the archnemesis of Saudi Arabia's Prince Bandar) of course, the first time it has done so since the start of the Syrian conflict. From BBC:

Lebanese troops have fired at Syrian warplanes violating its airspace, for what is thought to be the first time since the conflict in Syria began.


Lebanon's National News Agency said the army had responded to a raid on Khirbet Daoud, near Arsal in the Bekaa Valley.


Syrian government forces have fired into Lebanon in the past, targeting rebels sheltering over the border.


The Lebanese authorities had until now not responded militarily, hoping they would not be dragged into the war.


Arsal is predominantly Sunni and its residents have been broadly supportive of the Sunni-dominated uprising against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, whose Alawite sect is an offshoot of Shia Islam.


The north-eastern town has been flooded with refugees since the Syrian military launched an offensive in the Qalamoun mountains last month.


Some 20,000 people have settled in makeshift camps, as Syrian troops backed by members of the militant Lebanese Shia Islamist movement Hezbollah have sought to cut rebel cross-border supply routes.

And that is how Saudi Arabia buys proxy war access on yet another front in an indication that its hopes that sooner or later the Syrian conflict will re-escalate enough to allow the "developed west" to stage another chemical attack and finally have the US topple Assad, are still alive. The only question is whether this time Putin, instead of simply diffusing the Syrian confrontation once again, will have an incendiary present or two for the Saudi princes, in part as gratitude for the string of recent Saudi-inspired terrorist attacks in Volgograd.


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Mon, 12/30/2013 - 15:28 | 4286061 Ignatius
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I smell quid pro quo, but that's just me.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 15:41 | 4286109 DoChenRollingBearing
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chumbawamba ain't gonna like this news...


The coming year promises to be as interesting or more so than 2013...

No predictions, just my thoughts.

"Thinking About 2014"


Mon, 12/30/2013 - 15:46 | 4286116 chumbawamba
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Saudi Arabia's Lebanese Army vs. Hizballah...hmmm, excuse me while I LOL.  That's like the USSR giving $300 million to Panama before the US invaded.  It just means $3 billion worth of more stuff to destroy or capture.  If the French are cheese-eating surrender monkeys, then the Lebanese army, which was trained by France, is the cheese.  They will quite literally just sit there and invite you to come eat so you'll be able to wrest control over Lebanon from them on a full stomach.

Saudi Arabia is merely setting up a very blinged out pawn on the chessboard.

I am Chumbawamba.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 15:47 | 4286132 DoChenRollingBearing
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IIRC, Hezbollah is the only one to have ever defeated Israel in battle.  

Like I wrote, 2014 will be another year well worth watching.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 16:11 | 4286230 chumbawamba
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True, though 1973 would've turned out much differently if the US Cavalry hadn't arrived to rescue the zionists.


Mon, 12/30/2013 - 16:18 | 4286250 negative rates
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I hope they don't renig and start a war.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 16:45 | 4286347 disabledvet
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I hope they do renig and start a war.

Tue, 12/31/2013 - 03:07 | 4287661 Fish Gone Bad
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With all the oil sucked out of the ground, one great big explosion deep underground might just turn the middle east into an expanded gulf.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 16:43 | 4286342 disabledvet
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don't forget Portugal. They were driving the getaway car on that one.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 16:56 | 4286383 Carpenter1
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Fight? Who said anything aboUT fighting? A couple errant nuclear or chemical weapons lobbed over the Lebanese/Syrian border into Damascus will go a long way towards satisfying Lebanon‘s desire for revenge for countless Syrian attacks.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 18:30 | 4286629 Analyse2
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Cheese-eating surrender monkeys.”      

Anyone daring to compare JEWS or BLACK PEOPLE with MONKEYS, would immediately, and rightly, be denounced by everybody as a nasty racist (or some sort of nazi) ...

But it seems that in this country, which in fact owe its independence to the French, this kind of ugly anti-french racism is pretty well tolerated …

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 21:31 | 4287089 malikai
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You should consider what happened in France after their great contribution towards American independence.

And why.

Tue, 12/31/2013 - 05:19 | 4287726 Analyse2
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Be more precise

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 15:50 | 4286146 Canadian Dirtlump
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As Austin Powers would say squid pro row.


I can't wait til Russia wipes that bronze age terror factory off the fucking map.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 15:29 | 4286065 vxpatel
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those drunken, coke fueled saudis...they do such crazy things!

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 15:35 | 4286081 tony wilson
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those  sperm drunk, coke fueled jewish saudis...they do such crazy things!

fixed it for ya.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 15:49 | 4286139 vxpatel
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whore chasing, Allah praising, bacon eaters!

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 18:38 | 4286645 putaipan
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doesn't the black pope still live in lebanon? why?

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 22:00 | 4287156 smlbizman
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i thought he was shitting in the woods....

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 15:32 | 4286079 walküre
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about a day's worth of crude from his desert

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 15:35 | 4286084 Dr. Engali
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I think it's safe to say that there won't be too many mourners when the house of Saud finally falls.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 16:08 | 4286215 vxpatel
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unfortunately they breed like rats.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 18:00 | 4286555 Citxmech
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At the rate the Saudi Royals are stirring up shit in the MENA - I'm betting somebody (*cough* Putin *cough* Iran *cough*) is going to take the fight to thier house in the not-too-distant future.  This could get fugly real quick.  

Tue, 12/31/2013 - 10:01 | 4287973 SWRichmond
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House of Saud knew all those Petrodollars would be good for something someday...and now, with it looking like the USD is about to croak, time to use them.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 19:21 | 4286769 lolmao500
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Russia should just invite them all, cut their heads off, put them on pikes on red square and tell them : WHAT YA GONNA DO ABOUT IT WILLIS??? Saudi Arabia would shut the fuck up forever... or they would try to get nukes and try to nuke Russia... which would not work and they would be turned into dust...


Tue, 12/31/2013 - 21:46 | 4290074 thestarl
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Can't come soon enough Doc.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 15:41 | 4286095 bagehot99
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I wonder why. It's almost like they regard Obama as a preening, naive irrelevance.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 23:16 | 4287306 Oath_Keeper
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Mon, 12/30/2013 - 15:39 | 4286097 firstdivision
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 "Lebanon would use the Saudi grant to buy "newer and more modern weapons," from France

Who will then route the order to the CIA via Oliver North's new logistics company.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 15:51 | 4286149 DoChenRollingBearing
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Why would France give that juicy job to an American?

Olivier Nord will win that contract.  :)

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 17:07 | 4286426 Steaming_Wookie_Doo
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Ah, so it's really a benefit to France-- and certainly not much benefit to the Lebanese who'd be the ones getting shot at.

I wonder further if the Lebanese will shoot at any other parties who violate their airspace (Israel, US, etc)...

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 19:28 | 4286792 mjcOH1
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"Ah, so it's really a benefit to France-- and certainly not much benefit to the Lebanese who'd be the ones getting shot at."


To quote the article:

"The Saudi move was announced hours after thousands of Lebanese turned out for the funerals of former cabinet minister Mohamad Chatah and some of the other victims killed Friday in a bombing in downtown Beirut. The bomb was believed to have targeted Mr. Chatah, an outspoken critic of Hezbollah's dominance of Lebanese affairs and security."


So it may be late to worry about the Lebanese getting shot at, bombed, etc, in a regional pissing match.   About 35 years late, give or take.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 15:43 | 4286104 IReallyDontCare
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It doesn't cost much to whore out your country to the camel jockeys.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 15:47 | 4286131 zenon
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Russia should send the ICBM Christmas-gift to Saudi Arabia.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 16:38 | 4286320 Winston Churchill
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Under advisement right about now.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 15:51 | 4286141 pods
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If it weren't for Hezbollah, there wouldn't be a Lebanon.


Mon, 12/30/2013 - 19:21 | 4286776 lolmao500
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If it weren't for Hezbollah, Lebanon would be another Gaza or West Bank.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 15:59 | 4286183 Chupacabra-322
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'Former U.S. Senators, Bob Graham (D-Fla.) and Bob Kerrey (D-Neb.), who co-chaired the two major official investigations of the 9/11 atttacks,
submitted affidavits in this case in 2012, stating that a Saudi
government agent, along with other Saudi officials, played a key role
during the lead-up to the attacks. "I am convinced that there was a
direct line between at least some of the terrorists who carried out the
September 11th attacks and the government of Saudi Arabia," Graham said in his affidavit, citing, among other things, the San Diego case of
Saudi government Omar al Bayoumi, who provided direct assistance to two
of the 9/11 hijackers.

The Second Circuit ruling comes just as there is heightened attention
in Congress, and a breakout of media coverage, on the efforts to force
the release of the censored 28 pages from Graham's Congressional Joint
Inquiry, which pages reportedly deal with Saudi financing and support
for the 9/11 hijackers.

Bob Graham Interviewed on Saudi Connection, As Saudis say they'll 'Go it Alone' on Syria

Former U. S. Senator Bob Graham was interviewed on Fox News, on the subject "Why were portions of Congressional report on 9/11 kept secret?" "Is there a connection between the 9/11 hijackers and the Saudi government?" asks Fox Business News "The Independents" in the December 18th interview....

Graham said the essential question is whether 19 hijackers, most of
whom didn't speak English, could have lived in the U.S. without being
detected, to have practiced and executed such a complicated plot without
any outside support. Most people who've looked at it think that's
highly unlikely. The central question of the [b] 28 pages[\b] is, who financed
and paid for the 19 hijackers to stay in the U.S. and accomplish the
mission they were assigned? "If more than 3 out of 4 of the
hijackers were Saudi, there might be an assumption that there was some
relationship between their financing and Saudi interests."

He said there are real consequences to withholding of this
information, for the victims families who can't get access to the courts
because they haven't had access to the evidence, and we've had our
foreign policy relationships distorted. "We've operated under the assumption that nations that have in fact been very perfidious, were our loyal allies."

Saudi Ambassador to UK Threatens, "Saudi Arabia Will Go It Alone"

An op-ed in the New York Times Dec. 18,
in which Saudi Arabia's ambassador to Britain, Prince Mohammed Bin
Nawaf Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, threatens that the Kingdom will "go it
alone," is an indication of the tremendous international pressure that
the Saudis are feeling on the issue of supporting Jihadi terrorists and
the 9/11 exposes, reported a senior U.S. intelligence source.

"We believe that many of the West's policies on both Iran and
Syria risk the stability and security of the Middle East. This is a
dangerous gamble, about which we cannot remain silent, and will not
stand idly by," writes Mohammed bin Nawaf, echoing recent statements of Bandar bin Sultan, Turki al Faisal and other top Saudi royals.'

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 16:57 | 4286390 FeralSerf
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This sounds like some more Cheney type distraction. The Dick would prefer that his role in 9/11 was ignored.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 18:45 | 4286664 Fíréan
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An interesting read at ATimes this last on the

"It is rare that a great power in world politics, after decades of hostility with another country, turns around and suddenly seeks to embrace that country as a friend, if not an ally. Yet this is what the recent United States demarche towards Iran represents, unilaterally overturning years of carefully crafted economic sanctions laboriously conceived and implemented . . . "


"Nevertheless, an emergent US-Iran-Russia entente over the region, analogous to the Triple Entente is actually foreseeable. It is already in evidence over Syria and Iran, where Washington's practice of "leading from behind" has had the result of handing over the real reins to Moscow, which no longer merely vetoes American actions but takes the initiative with which Washington now follows from behind. And Russia's diplomatic patronage of Iran is now decades old."

 . . .         

"It would be more likely that the US-Iran-Russia trio establish a de facto defensive alliance (meaning an attack on one would lead the other two to defend it, at least if the one were Iran) than an entente; and more likely that the Egypt-Israel-Saudi trio establish an entente rather than an actual defensive alliance."     

The whole article, by Robert M Cutler ,  is well worth the read.

A change of alliance to support for the Shiites in the region by the USA and, with present confrotnation and conflict between Sunni and Shiite within Saudi, a  breake up of Saudi kingdom  could give control of the oil rich south east  to the already  predominent Shiite in that region.The  USA was for many years supportive of Iran ( days of the Shah). A US-Iran-Russia entente would  be a match for any China expansion/influence into the region too.Food for thought.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 20:26 | 4286952 lakecity55
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Cutler's article was superb.

Let's wait and see if information starts "leaking out" about Saudi involvement in 9/11. To facilitate a new deal with the Iranians, the Saudis will have to take a hit, and "new" information about the Saudi involvement in the WTC attack would help turn public opinion further against SA and place Iran back on track for rehabilitation.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 20:49 | 4287001 Poundsand
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The US will not be a part of the trio.  Clearly the Saud's are deadly serious and they believe that Iran is as well.  Now that they have formed the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) look for them to try and lure the only counterbalancing army in the region, the Turk's to join them.  Heck, there may already be a secret treaty between Israel and the Saud's regarding Iran, or if not, it has to be in the works as we speak.  Only Israel has the balls to strike Iran, so the Saud's need them, but they also need the Turks to help to actually defend them on the ground.  While Israel can help out in the skys, no way will the Saud's allow an israeli to defend them on the ground.

Look for an alliance between the GCC and the Turks before the end of spring.  Any surprise that all of a sudden Edrogan is in trouble for assisting Iran with their work around on the sanctions?  War is most definitely coming.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 20:19 | 4286924 el Gallinazo
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Just more distraction.  Who cares about the so-called 19 aye-rab hijacker government conspiracy myth?  None of these guys could have scored a direct hit with a Boeing.  A skilled and experienced pilot would have been highly challenged.  They flunked out of Cesna school.  Devout Muslims, they were stoned on coke and booze most of the time and hung out with hookers.  The planes were drones.  What a fucking surprise!  Half of these "hijackers" turned up in the ME the following year.  And anyone who has an undergraduate degree in chemistry, physics, or engineering and isn't under total mind control knows that a kerosine and furniture smudge fire couldn't have dropped the three towers at free fall speeds, particularly as the beams and girders were still covered with thick coats of asbestos, to Larry Silverstein's dismay.  And why did the bottom half collapse with no evidence of pancaking in the videos?  All three were obvious high tech radio controlled demolitions.  But yes the three Bushes:  Popi, Boy, and Bandar along with the Mossad set it up.  And a fourth Bush gets an assist.  Marvin Bush, Boy Bush's Baby Brother was a principal in the company that handled all of the WTC security, Securicom, which was financed by KuwAm, a Kuwaiti-American holding company.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 20:35 | 4286973 vxpatel
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hopdfully you are posting this on mainstream message boards as well.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 16:08 | 4286204 Barry McBear
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I bet the Saudi princes are going to have a big porta potty party tonight to celebrate.  Maybe $50k for a few young american "models", it's just pocket change.  They'll have the finest caviar for them, served hot and steaming!

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 16:08 | 4286212 Joe A
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Well, if you want to buy new military hardware you need to get rid of the old one.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 16:16 | 4286249 Vegetius
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The best remark so far is Saudi Arabia's ambassador to Britain, Prince Mohammed Bin Nawaf Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, threatens that the Kingdom will "go it alone," what a laugh. The Saudi Royals will not last a week if the Yankees go home. Personally I hope they put that on TV the Saudi Royals get raped and castrated live on CNN, that will be poetic justice and they are begging the West to save them. The people they hate and have tried to destroy are the people they try to flee to fuckers deserve whats coming.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 16:29 | 4286296 22winmag
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Mon, 12/30/2013 - 16:38 | 4286321 One World Mafia
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"And that is how Syria buys proxy war access on yet another front..."

Change Syria to Saudi Arabia

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 19:58 | 4286340 MollyHacker
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I think Bandar is acting barbarous (spending his PMs), of-course it's better than the fiat and just what are the French exchange rates quoted (maybe synthetic).

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 16:54 | 4286389 Atomizer
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Pakistan army says it found passport of 9/11 suspect

You have to reach out in time.



Central Bankers are betting both ways. Once both bets are distorted, they lose collecting world debt & new wealth stages under a financial system designed in attaining debt to claim wealth.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 17:52 | 4286531 goldhedge
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Saudi Arabia...

you dirty, dirty dirty bastards.


Mon, 12/30/2013 - 18:06 | 4286563 falak pema
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But, but, but those 3 billion were supposed to buy arms from France; and these guys are already jumping the gun!

What will Hollande do if The Syrians and Israel invade Lebanon from either side and the show is over before he can sell his first Rafale that NOBODY wants to buy???

The show must go on as they say!

Do you think that those kamikaze plays in Volgograd are Bandar's present to Putin for having played tuff in Syria?

Spoil sport in Sochi abort?

This show is going Cinemascope.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 18:22 | 4286617 Rakshas
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I was kinda leaning toward the Bandar having been behind the bombing as a pretext to offer assistance......... ya know it could be just my meds talking but doesn't that seem like a reasonable false flag precursor?? 


OT - i just shoved my iphone up my ass to give the NSA a preview of the coming chào Kerry thanks for visiting .......... 

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 18:35 | 4286630 Dewey Cheatum Howe
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If anyone wonders why Twitter has become systematically important to financing terrorism read on. Try shorting Twitter and see what type of smackdown you get... And as a reminder fair and unbiased my ass.

Forbes lists him as the #1 Billionaire in Sa`udi `Arabia, and #26 in the world. In fact, Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, sued Forbes for undervaluing him by 9.6 billion. Prince Alwaleed bills himself as the “world’s foremost value investor.” He might be right, as he is one of the major shareholders of Twitter stock, who refused to sell any shares when the company IPO went public. Prince Alwaleed did not buy in to the company because of a personal obsession with tweeting. He rarely uses the site and his profile follows no one. Instead, he bought in to Twitter right as the Arab Spring temporarily spread to the Sa`udi Kingdom. It was around that time that we stopped hearing about protests being organized in the Kingdom.

Moreover, it was Alwaleed’s uncle, Saudi dictator King Abdullah, who ordered the imprisonment of tweeting journalist Hamza Kashgari, who tweeted an imaginary conversation between himself and the Islamic prophet Muhammad.

But Prince Alwaleed is the second-most shareholder in another company that sways public opinion. This company isn’t involved in organizing protests, but instead shaping public opinion about them. That company is Fox News. To be specific, Prince Alwaleed bin Talal owns the second-largest block of stock (7%) in News Corp., Fox News’ parent company. This is no minor issue, as issues like the above plight of Kashgari, have been soft-balled or outright ignored by Fox News.

Recently Alwaleed has been accused of saying, “A strong U.S. government is not good for us,” a quote which we have been unable to confirm or refute. But whether these words came from his mouth or not, they illustrate an important point, if Prince Alwaleed wants a weak U.S. government, or simply wants stories about the dictatorship of the Sa`udi Kingdom to be swept under the rug, Fox News will do his bidding. Still to this day we cannot find a single story on Fox or News Corp. websites about the imprisonment of Kashgari. This is only one example of many. Reports of anti-government protests in Sa`udi `Arabia have not been deemed newsworthy by corporations which Alwaleed has a financial grip on.

Does this seem right to you? If you know anyone who thinks they are getting the real story from the Saudi Prince Alwaleed, and Australian Rupert Murdoch controlled Fox News – if you know someone who thinks this news outlet really has the United States’ best interests at heart – then let them know just who is running the show at News Corp.


Looks like the MIC complex and Saudi Arabia have found a new funding mechanism to pay for that 3B in aid using US as a conduit with the Federal Reserves help.


Mon, 12/30/2013 - 22:14 | 4286652 Dewey Cheatum Howe
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More on the Saudi's, FED and 9/11. If anyone was ever looking for a reason to audit the FED besides the usual BS this is it.

readers digest conclusions from the article.

There is a contention that at the core of the September 11th attack, someone was planning to cover the 1991 issuance of $240 billion in covert securities used to finance the collapse the Soviet Union. The facts surrounding the financial aftermath of September 11 suggest this is not only possible, but that reports describing the aftermath have deliberately been misleading.

  • The US dollar money supply was significantly increased in the aftermath of 9/11;
  • The bank at the core of the illegal money laundering by ex-Soviet criminals was the source of the increased money supply (BoNY);
  • The generally disseminated rationale for BoNY’s operational problems seems to have affected no other bank in a similar manner or magnitude and is inconsistent with reports on the BoNY operations in the aftermath;
  • A key witness who might provide insight to these issues is a statistically aberrant death;
  • The source of the BoNY’s $330 billion increase in assets is cloaked under the privilege of “private banking;”
  • The only alleged “severe” disruption to the financial systems was the Federal Reserves account balance and the securities trading fails – both systems required to hide the laundering of $240 billion in covert securities.

This is not a ‘proof’ that $240 billion was laundered, but it provides probable cause for paying serious attention.

And that right there is reason enough for an audit of the FED if one wants read more on this since that 240B was laundered with the help of the SEC right after 9/11 and hidden in the FED's books that no one is allowed to see. The Office of Navy Intelligence investigation that was started over this can be brought to closure once and for by an extensive audit of the FED's books.

Also an interesting aside concerning gold that ties into all this is the Ferdinand Marcos gold cache that supposedly disappeared but most likely was seized in 1986 that is being used to slam down the market by slowly putting it into circulation is touched on in the article.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 23:41 | 4287369 logicalman
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Ignorintg everything else.

19 Saudis bring down THREE buildings.

Let's invade Iraq and Afghanistan.


Mon, 12/30/2013 - 19:00 | 4286711 Legolas
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Maybe Putin's getting ready to deal with the Saudi's.


Mon, 12/30/2013 - 19:16 | 4286760 lolmao500
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Eutimes is pure fiction dude. Nothing they write is even remotely true.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 19:24 | 4286787 Legolas
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It would be a reasonable response from ole Vladimir.  Did you even read the article?  Even Infowars gets things right sometime.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 19:35 | 4286810 lakecity55
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No other news service is carrying this.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 19:15 | 4286759 lolmao500
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Can't Putin just send the KGB in Saudi Arabia and hack a bunch of these princes to pieces already??

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 20:07 | 4286887 I Write Code
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Lebanon would use the Saudi grant to buy "newer and more modern weapons," from France.

This would seem to call for many jokes, but seriously France has made some very decent hi-tech weapons over the years - though I don't know where they are today.  And for that matter Lebanon's army is probably 30 years out of date, since it has barely existed since being taken over by Syria about then.

Which is perhaps the real import of this news (if it is anything like true), it would be an attempt to resurrect Lebanon as a separate country.  Now, just what *kind* of country is going to be open to question with Saudi money behind it, but at least not a Syrian ally or resource, which has to be good news of sorts.  Once upon a time Lebanon was supposed to be a pretty nice place.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 20:34 | 4286971 lakecity55
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So much to think about on so many levels.

Detente with Iran means a possible pipeline for the US thru Afghanistan to Pakistani ports.

The Saudis have too long foisted Wahhabism on the world. Time to kill that turkey.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 23:46 | 4287374 logicalman
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There are not 'many' levels, just one...........


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