So it confirms what everyone already thought. If ever there was a time for the US to get serious about fuel efficiency and moving beyond oil, it would be now. The addiction to oil continues to be a national security nightmare. Instead of wasting money on flawed programs like the TSA, we ought to be focusing much more on moving forward. Sure, the Democrats are somewhat better but anyone is better than the Stone Age apologists in the GOP. It’s hardly impressive to say “we’re better” in that competition.
Saudi Arabia is the world’s largest source of funds for Islamist militant groups such as the Afghan Taliban and Lashkar-e-Taiba – but the Saudi government is reluctant to stem the flow of money, according to Hillary Clinton.
“More needs to be done since Saudi Arabia remains a critical financial support base for al-Qaida, the Taliban, LeT and other terrorist groups,” says a secret December 2009 paper signed by the US secretary of state. Her memo urged US diplomats to redouble their efforts to stop Gulf money reaching extremists in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
“Donors in Saudi Arabia constitute the most significant source of funding to Sunni terrorist groups worldwide,” she said.
Three other Arab countries are listed as sources of militant money: Qatar, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates.