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Brennan Defends ‘Strategic Partnership’ Between U.S. Perfidious Saudi Kingdom

March 12, 2014 (EIRNS)—One day before the Capitol Hill press conference demanding release of the classified 28 pages which would expose Saudi Arabia is responsible for the 9/11 attacks, CIA Director John Brennan delivered a fervent defense of the Bush-Obama "strategic partnership" with the Saudi Kingdom.

Speaking at a Council on Foreign Relations event in Washington on March 11, Brennan was asked about reported tensions in the U.S.-Saudi relationship. Brennan responded that "the United States and Saudi Arabia truly share a strategic partnership that goes way, way back," and went on: "I have spent over five years of my life in Saudi Arabia working, partly under your leadership, and have visited Saudi Arabia dozens of times, and I can tell you that that partnership goes well beyond my intelligence portfolio, in the economic and the trade and the security and the diplomatic front."

Regarding Obama’s upcoming visit to Saudi Arabia, Brennan continued: "President Obama is going out to Saudi Arabia to underscore just how important that relationship is. He stays in very close touch with King Abdullah and other members of the Saudi government. And so this is something that, yes, there are maybe differences of view, but what we have committed to do is to ensure that we have a very robust and private dialogue about those issues, ranging from Iran to Egypt to Iraq to Syria and others. And so I feel as though that relationship right now with Saudi Arabia is on very, very strong and solid ground and we’re able to move together."

Of course, that depends on the continued suppression of the 28 pages and information on the perfidy of the Saudi royal family in organizing and financing the 9/11 hijackers. As former U.S. Senator Bob Graham put it, in an interview with the Real News Network in late November:

"The issue of whether the 19 hijackers acted alone or whether they had a support network has enormous current consequences. If in fact the Saudi government was the source of financial, logistical support, [and] provision of anonymity that allowed these people to stay in the country such a long time and go undiscovered; if they were part of the system that made that happen, think of what it would mean to U.S.-Saudi relations today. It would be a complete overturning of the premises upon which we have been dealing with Saudi Arabia, that it was a loyal ally of the United States, to now being seen as a country which was prepared to sell its soul to the worst in the world, even if that meant putting the United States in jeopardy and the loss of life of 3,000 people."