Saudi Government Gave Obama Aides "Suitcases-Full Of Jewels", Says Ex-Official

Via Middle East Eye,

Former aide Ben Rhodes says gifts worth hundreds of thousands of dollars were lavished by the Saudis ahead of Cairo speech...

Saudi Arabia gave White House aides jewellery worth hundreds of thousands of dollars in large suitcases, according to Ben Rhodes, former speechwriter and deputy national security adviser in the Obama administration.

In his memoir The World As It Is, published on Tuesday, Rhodes recounts a trip to Saudi Arabia in June 2009 soon after Barack Obama became president.

He says on arrival he and other US officials were taken to housing units in a compound owned by the monarchy in the desert.

“When I opened the door to my unit, I found a large suitcase,” Rhodes recounts.

“Inside were jewels.”

The trip to Saudi Arabia was the beginning of Obama’s first tour of the Middle East as president, and preceded his famous Cairo speech which he intended as a message to the Muslim world.

Rhodes says at first he thought the bagged treasure was a bribe, to influence him as he wrote Obama’s speech.

However, he soon learned he was not the only member of the delegation to be lavished with such expense.

“We all got suitcases full of jewels,” the former aide told the Guardian newspaper.

“We all gave them to the state protocol office who handles gifts. You have the option to buy the gifts, but given the price – I don’t remember what it was but it was tens of thousands, I believe – no one kept them that I recall.”

Valued guests

The State Department’s register notes the Saudis gave Rhodes “one pair of silver cufflinks, one male watch, one female watch, one silver pen, and one diamond jewellery set including earrings, a ring, and a bracelet, presented in a green leather case".

It justifies the acceptance of such gifts by saying “non-acceptance would cause embarrassment to [the] donor and US government”.

While the value of the hoard given to Rhodes is estimated by the State Department to be $5,405, the contents of the green leather cases given to other officials were far more precious.

The gifts given to aide Marvin Nicholson were valued at $18,580, meanwhile Peter Rundlet, deputy assistant to the president and deputy staff secretary to Obama, was given $12,560 worth of jewellery.

Eleven other White House officials were given gift sets by the Saudi government.

The president and his wife, Michelle, were not spared expensive gifts either.

The then Saudi king, Abdullah, gave the Obamas and their daughters almost $190,000 worth of gifts.

A diamond and ruby jewellery set given to Michelle Obama was valued at $132,000 alone.



Antifaschistische NoDebt Wed, 06/06/2018 - 02:44 Permalink

I'm sure there was a credible audit, to reconcile what was given by the Saudi's, and what was turned into the gift police...just to make sure no one accidentally slipped something into their own bag before turning the "gifts" in.

yah, this trick has a long tradition....

....hint, you can put a $200,000 necklace in your carry on and slide completely under the radar.   Cash and gold...not so easy.

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Quantify powow Tue, 06/05/2018 - 18:14 Permalink

You probably don't realize 2 Jews gave us nuclear energy. Einstein with his theory and Oppenheimer with his practical application. Islam has only given the world terrorism and misery.

"The following are true facts and verified statistics:

The Global Islamic population is approximately 1,200,000,000, or 20% of the world population.
They received the following Nobel Prizes:

1988 - Najib Mahfooz.

1978 - Mohamed Anwar El-Sadat
1994 - Yaser Arafat

1990 - Elias James Corey
1999 - Ahmed Zewail

1960 - Peter Brian Medawar
1998 - Ferid Mourad

The Global Jewish population is aproximately 14,000,000 or about 0.02% of the world population.
They received the following Nobel Prizes:

1910 - Paul Heyse
1927 - Henri Bergson
1958 - Boris Pasternak
1966 - Shmuel Yosef Agnon
1966 - Nelly Sachs
1976 - Saul Bellow
1978 - Isaac Bashevis Singer
1981 - Elias Canetti
1987 - Joseph Brodsky
1991 - Nadine Gordimer World

1911 - Alfred Fried
1911 - Tobias Michael Carel Asser
1968 - Rene Cassin
1973 - Henry Kissinger
1978 - Menachem Begin
1986 - Elie Wiesel
1994 - Shimon Peres
1994 - Yitzhak Rabin

1905 - Adolph Von Baeyer
1906 - Henri Moissan
1910 - Otto Wallach
1915 - Richard Willstaetter
1918 - Fritz Haber
1943 - George Charles de Hevesy
1961 - Melvin Calvin
1962 - Max Ferdinand Perutz
1972 - William Howard Stein
1977 - Ilya Prigogine
1979 - Herbert Charle s Brown
1980 - Paul Berg
1980 - Walter Gilbert
1981 - Roald Hoffmann
1982 - Aaron Klug
1985 - Albert A. Hauptman
1985 - Jerome Karle
1986 - Dudley R. Herschbach
1988 - Robert Huber
1989 - Sidney Altman
1992 - Rudolph Marcus
2000 - Alan J. Heeger
2004 - Aaron Ciechanover
2004 - Avram Hershko

1970 - Paul Anthony Samuelson
1971 - Simon Kuznets
1972 - Kenneth Joseph Arrow
1975 - Leonid Kantorovich
1976 -! Milton Friedman
1978 - Herbert A. Simon
1980 - Lawrence Robert Klein
1985 - Franco Modigliani
1987 - Robert M. Solow
1990 - Harry Markowitz
1990 - Merton Miller
1992 - Gary Becker
1993 - Robert Fogel

1908 - Elie Metchnikoff
1908 - Paul Erlich
1914 - Robert Barany
1922 - Otto Meyerhof
1930 - Karl Landsteiner
1931 - Otto Warburg
1936 - Otto Loewi
1944 - Joseph Erlanger
1944 - Herbert Spencer Gasser
1945 - Ernst Boris Chain
1946 - Hermann Joseph Muller
1950 - Tadeus Reichstein
1952 - Selman Abraham Waksman
1953 - Hans Krebs
1953 - Fritz Albert Lipmann
1958 - Joshua Lederberg
1959 - Arthur Kornberg
1964 - Konrad Bloch
1965 - Francois Jacob
1965 - Andre Lwoff
1967 - George Wald
1968 - Marshall W. Nirenberg
1969 - Salvador Luria
1970 - Julius Axelrod
1970 - Sir Bernard Katz
1972 - Gerald Maurice Edelman
1975 - Howard Martin Temin
1976 - Baruch S. Blumberg
1977 - Roselyn Sussman Yalow
1978 - Daniel Nathans
1980 - Baruj Benacerraf
1984 - Cesar Milstein
1985 - Michael Stuart Brown
1985 - Joseph L. Goldstein
1986 - Stanley Cohen [& Rita Levi-Montalcini]
1988 - Gertrude Elion
1989 - Harold Varmus
1991 - Erwin Neher
1991 - Bert Sakmann
1993 - Richard J. Roberts
1993 - Phillip Sharp
1994 - Alfred Gilman
1995 - Edward B. Lewis

1907 - Albert Abraham Michelson
1908 - Gabriel Lippmann
1921 - Albert Einstein
1922 - Niels Bohr
1925 - James Franck
1925 - Gustav Hertz
1943 - Gustav Stern
1944 - Isidor Issac Rabi
1952 - Felix Bloch
1954 - Max Born
1958 - Igor Tamm
1959 - Emilio Segre
1960 - Donald A. Glaser
1961 - Robert Hofstadter
1962 - Lev Davidovich Landau
1965 - Richard Phillips Feynman
1965 - Julian Schwinger
1969 - Murray Gell-Mann
1971 - Dennis Gabor
1973 - Brian David Josephson
1975 - Benjamin Mottleson
1976 - Burton Richter
1978 - Arno Allan Penzias
1978 - Peter L Kapitza
1979 - Stephen Weinberg
1979 - Sheldon Glashow
1988 - Leon Lederman
1988 - Melvin Schwartz
1988 - Jack Steinberger
1990 - Jerome Friedman
1995 - Martin Perl

The Jews are not demonstrating with their dead on the streets, yelling and chanting and asking for revenge, the Jews are not promoting brain washing the children in military training camps, teaching them how to blow themselves up and cause maximum deaths of Jews and other non Muslims. The Jews don't high-jack planes, nor kill athletes at the Olympics, the Jews don't traffic slaves, nor have leaders calling for Jihad and death to all the Infidels.

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Quantify Zip_the_Zap Tue, 06/05/2018 - 18:32 Permalink

Feel free to educate them with facts. I am sure it would be preferable to the BS they are fed daily. It won't make them sleep better however, just keep them up at night wondering how 15 million Jews are so much more intelligent than 1.6 billion inbred moron's who gladly accept the indoctrination of Islam without a second thought.

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Tarzan cheech_wizard Tue, 06/05/2018 - 18:37 Permalink

A little history,

The origins of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion

French political satirist Maurice Joly writes The Dialogue in Hell Between Machiavelli and Montesquieu. Joly's book never mentions Jews, but much of the Protocols would be fabricated based on ideas contained in it.

Prussian writer Hermann Goedsche publishes the novel Biarritz, in which the twelve tribes of Israel meet secretly in Prague's Jewish cemetery. Goedsche's book, like Joly's, contains ideas incorporated in fabricating the Protocols.

Although the origin of the Protocols is still a matter of debate, it was most likely fabricated under the direction of Pyotr Rachovsky, chief of the foreign branch of the Russian secret police (Okhrana) in Paris.

An abbreviated version of the Protocols is published in a St. Petersburg, Russia, newspaper, Znamya (The Banner).

Russian mystic Sergei Nilus includes the Protocols as an appendix to his book, The Great in the Small: The Coming of the Anti-Christ and the Rule of Satan on Earth. By 1917, Nilus publishes four editions of the Protocols in Russia.

The first non-Russian language edition of the Protocols is issued in Germany.

The Protocols is published in Poland, France, England, and the United States. These editions blame the Russian Revolution on Jewish conspirators and warn of Bolshevism spreading to the West.

Lucien Wolf, a British journalist and diplomat, exposes the Protocols as a fraudulent plagiarism in The Jewish Bogey and the Forged Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion.

Automaker Henry Ford's Dearborn Independent publishes The International Jew, an Americanized version of the Protocols. The International Jew is translated into more than one dozen languages.

August 16–18, 1921
Journalist Phillip Graves exposes the Protocols as a plagiarism in series of articles in London Times.

New York Herald reporter Herman Bernstein publishes The History of a Lie: The Protocols of the Wise Men of Zion, the first exposure of the Protocols as a fraud for an American audience.

Nazi theorist Alfred Rosenberg writes The Protocols of the Elders of Zion and Jewish World Policy. Rosenberg's book reaches a wide audience, necessitating three printings within the year.

Benjamin Segel, a German-Jewish journalist, exposes the Protocols as a forgery in his Die Protokolle der Weisen von Zion, kritisch beleuchtet (The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, Critically Illuminated).

Joseph Goebbels, later the Nazi Minister of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda, writes in his diary: “I believe that The Protocols of the Wise Men of Zion are a forgery. . . . [However,] I believe in the intrinsic but not the factual truth of the Protocols.”

In his treatise, Mein Kampf, Hitler writes: “To what an extent the whole existence of this people is based on a continuous lie is shown by the Protocols of the Wise Men of Zion, so infinitely hated by the Jews. . . . For once this book has become the common property of a people, the Jewish menace may be considered as broken.”

Henry Ford issues a public apology for publishing the Protocols, which he admits are “gross forgeries.” Ford directs that remaining copies of The International Jew be burned, and he orders overseas publishers to cease publishing the book. Ford's directives to foreign publishers are ignored.

Nazis rise to power in Germany. The Nazi Party publishes at least 23 editions of the Protocols before World War II begins.

A Berne, Switzerland, court rules against a party of Swiss Nazis charged with circulating the Protocols at a pro-Nazi demonstration. Walter Meyer, the presiding justice at the trial, refers to the Protocols as “ridiculous nonsense.”

“Radio priest” Father Charles E. Coughlin serializes the Protocols in his newspaper, Social Justice.

An edition of the Protocols is issued in German-occupied Poland.

The US Senate Judiciary Committee issues a report titled The Protocols of the Elders of Zion: A “Fabricated” Historic Document. The committee concludes: “The subcommittee believes that the peddlers of the Protocols are peddlers of un-American prejudice who spread hate and dissension among the American people.”

The Protocols is published in India under the title International Conspiracy Against Indians.

An English-language edition of Protocols, published by the Islamic Propagation Organization, is issued in Iran.

Article 32 of the Covenant of the Islamic Resistance Movement (HAMAS) reads: “The Zionist plan is limitless. After Palestine, the Zionists aspire to expand from the Nile to the Euphrates. When they will have digested the region they overtook, they will aspire to further expansion, and so on. Their plan is embodied in the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, and their present conduct is the best proof of what we are saying.”

The Protocols is declared a fraud in a Moscow trial of Pamyat, an ultra-nationalist Russian organization that published the Protocols in 1992.

Egyptian satellite television broadcasts a 41-part miniseries Horseman Without a Horse, which is based largely on the Protocols.

The US Senate passes a resolution urging the government of Egypt and other Arab states not to allow government-controlled television to broadcast any program that lends legitimacy to the Protocols.

A 30-part television miniseries called Al Shatat (The Diaspora) airs on Hizbullah's Al-Manar TV. The series depicts a “global Jewish government,” as described in the Protocols.

An exhibition of holy books of monotheistic religions at the Alexandria Library in Egypt includes a copy of the Protocols next to the Torah. UNESCO issues a public denunciation of the Alexandria Library exhibition.

The Protocols is published in Okinawa, Japan.

A edition of the Protocols published in Mexico City suggests that the Holocaust was orchestrated by the Elders of Zion in exchange for the founding of the State of Israel.

An edition of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, authorized by the Syrian Ministry of Information, claims that the Elders of Zion coordinated the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States.

A typical Internet search for the Protocols yields several hundred thousand sites.

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Tarzan Quantify Tue, 06/05/2018 - 18:29 Permalink

  By Richard A. Gabriel

    ......The idea of Muhammad as a military man will be new to many. Yet he was a truly great general. In the space of a single decade he fought eight major battles, led eighteen raids, and planned another thirty-eight military operations where others were in command but operating under his orders and strategic direction. Wounded twice, he also twice experienced having his positions overrun by superior forces before he managed to turn the tables on his enemies and rally his men to victory. More than a great field general and tactician, he was also a military theorist, organizational reformer, strategic thinker, operational-level combat commander, political-military leader, heroic soldier, and revolutionary. The inventor of insurgency warfare and history’s first successful practitioner, Muhammad had no military training before he commanded an army in the field.


    Muhammad’s intelligence service eventually rivaled that of Byzantium and Persia, especially when it came to political information. He reportedly spent hours devising tactical and political stratagems, and once remarked that “all war is cunning,” reminding modern analysts of Sun Tzu’s dictum, “all war is deception.” In his thinking and application of force Muhammad was a combination of Karl von Clause­witz and Niccolo Machiavelli, for he always employed force in the service of political goals. An astute grand strategist, he used non­mili­tary methods (alliance building, politi­cal assassination, bribery, religious appeals, mercy, and calculated butchery) to strengthen his long-term position, sometimes even at the expense of short-term military considerations.


    Muhammad’s belief in Islam and his own role as the “Messenger of God” revolutionized Arabian warfare and resulted in the creation of the ancient world’s first army motivated by a coherent system of ideological belief. The ideology of holy war (jihad) and martyrdom (shahada) for the faith was transmitted to the West during the wars between Muslims and Christians in Spain and France, where it changed traditional Christian pacifistic thinking on war, brought into being a coterie of Christian warrior saints, and provided the Catho­lic Church with its ideological justification for the Crusades. Ideology—whether religious or secular—has remained a primary component of military ventures ever since.


Those who want to claim that the Muslim faith is peaceful, that the extremists aren't true followers of Islam, often hypocritically paint all Christians with the sins of the Crusaders, or the blood thirsty Catholics of the dark ages, or the Neocons of today.  They were not following Christ, though they brandish His name.

Violence done in the name of religion is evil no matter what religion is abused to justify it!  

Christ walked the earth speaking truth to power,  His sword was his tongue, and peace with your neighbor was his message.  His most violent act was to drive the Bankers and merchants from the Temple with a whip made of a tree branch.  No matter who they are who lift a sword in Christ's name, they are not following the teachings or actions of Jesus Christ.  He was a man of Peace, not war!

Contrast that with the life of Muhammad, who began and ended his rise with the edge of a sword, concurring lands with the blood of all who resisted him!  Those who today lift a sword in the name of Islam are following the teachings and actions of Muhammad, who was a man of War and conquest, not peace!

Killing in the name of GOD will always be Evil no matter who the killers follow!


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Quantify Tarzan Tue, 06/05/2018 - 18:39 Permalink

Indeed. And that is why I don't follow any cult. I do grade on a curve however, and understand that Islam is the only cult that still practices slavery here and now in the 21st century, kills its own members for leaving the cult and considers women as property. It also brainwashes it children from birth to hate Jews, and that killing one is a joy. You can watch the videos on you-tube. 

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Quantify dirty fingernails Tue, 06/05/2018 - 19:09 Permalink

Do you see a lot of Christian's killing people and yelling Praise the lord? I have been surrounded by Christians my entire life and except for a couple trying to save me, never had an issue with them. There aren't that many Christians who really believe all that BS. They only say they are religious to fit in. I have yet to find one in person who would back up a tenth of the BS in the Bible.

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snblitz Tarzan Tue, 06/05/2018 - 21:41 Permalink

 sins of the Crusaders

What sins did the Crusaders commit?

, or the blood thirsty Catholics of the dark ages,


Violence done in the name of religion is evil no matter what religion is abused to justify it!  

I suppose it depends on the degree to which your definition of violence includes "aggression", but violence does not require aggression.

Can I use non-aggressive violence to defend the weak and the innocent against being slaughtered?

 [Christ] was a man of Peace, not war!

If you were a Christian you would know that Christ is.

Christianity is not a suicide pact.  Of course, Christ intended you to defend yourself and others against aggression.  Trying to convince Christians to be easily lead to the slaughter is Satan's work.

Contrast that with the life of Muhammad, who began and ended his rise with the edge of a sword, concurring lands with the blood of all who resisted him! 

Where did you get your education? Muhammad started out peaceful.  As he found his message was not selling well, he switched to increasingly angry rhetoric and eventually war and conquest. That is why you can find so many peaceful bits in his early writings.  

Killing in the name of GOD will always be Evil no matter who the killers follow!

Defending the innocent and weak from aggressors does not look to be evil to me.

One of the more amazing aspects of Christ, God or not, is that he managed to sell a message of peace and love of and for all to such a large portion of the population.   All the other big players use the classic divide and conquer / us vs them approach.

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Tarzan snblitz Wed, 06/06/2018 - 05:38 Permalink

What war was fought to "defend the weak and the innocent against being slaughtered"? 

Christ said turn the other cheek, and that if a man asks for your coat give him your shirt too.

To be a christian is to be like Christ, it's not something you name yourself, it's a description of behavior.

I would call myself one, but to be like Christ is a tall order, one which I see few live up to, including myself, so my hope is in Gods Grace, not living up to a set of rules. 

It is the Lords work to pull the weeds, in his time. 

When I say killing in the name of God, I refer to the nuts who kill indiscriminately those who have not attacked them personally, nor their families. 

I refer to those who go off to foreign lands to kill strangers, at the behest of Oligarchs, under to guise of saving the children, or what ever propaganda that was drummed up to justify yet another war, not a man killing a thug who has threatened him, his family or his neighbor.

I refer to the nuts screaming "god is great", while doing what he would not do.

Running around killing people simply because they're evil, is a far cry from defending yourself or loved ones from harm!

Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way. But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared. So the servants of the owner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?’ He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The servants said to him, ‘Do you want us then to go and gather them up?’ 29 But he said, ‘No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.”


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Tarzan snblitz Wed, 06/06/2018 - 07:19 Permalink

Contrast that with the life of Muhammad, who began and ended his rise with the edge of a sword, concurring lands with the blood of all who resisted him! 

Where did you get your education? Muhammad started out peaceful.

I read, that's how.  He may have been peaceful, before his rise, but his rise was with the edge of a sword.

The quote is from a University Professor, who studied the subject.  You should read his book!


What I said was,

who began and ended his rise with the edge of a sword

Learn to read, and educate yourself.

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Graffiti Quantify Tue, 06/05/2018 - 19:34 Permalink

The heads of almost every major western bank are Jewish. Jews in banks, the media, retail, politics and major industry are as over represented as the Nobel prize winners you listed. They have a knack for sucking a wallet just like a mosquito. They controlled the battling German population and economy after WW1 making it possible for the rise of Hitler. They are doing the same again today. 

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LaugherNYC Graffiti Tue, 06/05/2018 - 20:00 Permalink

"The heads of almost every Western Bank are Jews." Really????


Dimon, Davis, Stumpf, Corbat, Moynihan,Montag, Demchak -- that's your top 7... not a Jew among 'em.


Seems like you have your head wayyyyyyy up your troll ass today

And here's europe and SA with pay. Ummmmmm.... Not a jew there either.  Dont think I'll bother with Japan, the ME, or China.

  • David McKay. Royal Bank of Canada. 7.6m.
  • William A. Downe. Bank of Montreal. 7.3m.
  • José Antonio Alvarez. Banco Santander. 7.2m.
  • Ross McEwan. RBS. 7m.
  • Shayne Elliott. ANZ. 5.8m.
  • John Cryan. Deutsche Bank. 5.2m.
  • Carlos Torres Vila. BBVA. 5m.
  • Jean-Laurent Bonnafé BNP Paribas. 4.5m.

 When you write something stupid and bigoted, you ought to fact check it.


And your last paragraph is liberally cribbed from Josef Gobbels. Your role model?

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Graffiti LaugherNYC Wed, 06/06/2018 - 01:20 Permalink

Granted I should have said leadership, not heads and I should have said western finance industry...not western banks. But I stand by everything I said and won’t resort to insults. Think Greenspan, Yellen, Bernanke, Adelson, Epstein, Fink, Paulson, Madoff, Mnuchin, Blankfein.....the guys who pull the financial strings are predominantly Jewish. The banks you listed may have gentile leaders but the top brass around them will also be over represented by Jews. I don’t like the term financial industry because industry suggests the manufacture of something useful through work.....the banks are more like mosquitoes that suck the blood out of the economy....usually just causing irritation but often killing the host.

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