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  •  Makes you wonder (22+ / 0-)

    what might be going through "embassy accounts" for all the Bush buddies put into ambassador slots with our allies during the two Bush presidencies.

    "Victory attained by violence is tantamount to a defeat, for it is momentary." - Mahatma Gandhi

    by LondonYank on Thu Jun 07, 2007 at 01:25:29 AM PDT

    •  Considering the intelligence operations (8+ / 0-)

      that could be run out of those ambassadorships, that does make you wonder about the "dark funding" for those matters.

      Illumination is cheap around here.

      by walkshills on Thu Jun 07, 2007 at 01:35:02 AM PDT

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    •  I've gotta say, I actually have no problem with (2+ / 0-)
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      this.  Good diary and good job reporting, rec'd, it's certainly something that should be exposed when it comes to light.

      But somebody is going to be bribing the Saudi royal family to get them to buy their military gear.. why not the Brits?  That way they're reliant on a NATO cornerstone for replacement parts and the like, and it deepens the partnership between the Saudi regime and the ameribritish military people.

      I think this is your standard morally gray cloak and dagger type stuff that our governments do to look after our interests.

      And unless you rode your bike to work this morning, you're one of the people this was done on behalf of.

      •  I think what we are more interested in (8+ / 0-)

        is how the money was used by Bandar, and whether it was streamed to the Taliban and OBL in the 1980s and 1990s.  We know for sure that Bandar's wife made payments to two of the 9/11 hijackers through Riggs Bank in the run-up to 9/11.

        The problem with off-the-books slush funds in the billions of dollars is that they can get used for all kinds of dark, evil stuff that the government doesn't want you to see.

        If it were just a case of buying jobs for Britain, I'd be less worried.

        "Victory attained by violence is tantamount to a defeat, for it is momentary." - Mahatma Gandhi

        by LondonYank on Thu Jun 07, 2007 at 08:21:02 AM PDT

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        •  Well, it's not like the Saudis are short (2+ / 0-)
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          of money - as a matter of fact, I'm astonished that a bribe of 2 billion has any effect on them.  I think they're capable of funding whatever they want, whenever they want regardless of whether they have an extra 2 billion.  And it's not like the rest of their finances are exactly transparent :)

          Good diary though.

          •  Saudis might see this as a marketing cost. (1+ / 0-)
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            10% off the top to get a ton of business. Here, buying lots of weapons from the brits.

            10% ??? What's excessive ?

            BTW: here in the u.S., the "Defense" firms finance a large portion of the 60-odd "Think Tanks" that spcialize in pumping up militarized paranoia.

            Similarly, they finance candidates such as Rudy Giuliani. His one and only selling point is that he can make any audience shiver in their skivvies, retelling the terrors inflicted on New york in 2001.

            Giuliani is the world's greatest booster for Usama bin Laden.

            How else could politicians convince Americans that police work can best/can only be done by light infantry using lethal weapons ???

            The Saudi approach is far less costly and less dnagerous to the Saudis, themselves.

            Jefferson and the Dixie Chicks. Imus and Lenny Bruce. Overcome evil with good.

            by vets74 on Thu Jun 07, 2007 at 03:12:05 PM PDT

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      •  It's really about government working for big (3+ / 0-)
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        business. How much of our domestic and foreign policy is driven by business interests? The Brits were trying to find additional markets for BAE. The US is trying to make the oil business profitable. With the global economy expanding, you are going to find these kinds of deals on the rise. It's like a corporate Mafia with government being used as cover for financial dealings. And like the Mafia, I'm sure that favors are being earned and called in every day. The average citizen is at the mercy of corporate interests in a world that is increasingly coming under the control of big business.

      •  Ouch! (1+ / 0-)
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        And unless you rode your bike to work this morning, you're one of the people this was done on behalf of.

        Reality bites.

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        by ormondotvos on Thu Jun 07, 2007 at 12:04:13 PM PDT

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