28 pages later: What the US findings on 9/11 mean
Declassifying the 28 pages is an exercise in transparency between two strategic partners of the highest order
The 28 previously classified pages of the US Senate report on the Sept. 11 attacks have now been made public. Prior to this, opponents of Saudi Arabia claimed the pages would prove that the kingdom aided and abetted the attacks. However, they show what many had suspected for quite some time, that there was nothing significant to add to what we already knew.
What would be the aim of such an endeavor against Riyadh’s closest ally, and for what benefit? The US-Saudi strategic partnership is not one where casual interests intersect. Besides Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, it can be argued that Washington has had no deeper relationship post-World War II than with Riyadh.
If official Saudi involvement in Sept. 11 is to be believed, there should be considerably stronger words of indictment than “acted like”, “in my opinion” and “I believe,” and substantially more than Saudi funding of a mosque.
Declassifying the 28 pages is an exercise in transparency between two strategic partners of the highest order. Neither side has anything to hide, and there is nothing that cannot be discussed. Saudis are happy to engage with any of our partners on any number of issues, openly and honestly. Yes, 15 of the Sept. 11 terrorists were Saudis, but that does not mean the operation was deliberately planned and supported by Riyadh. We have never done such a thing, and never will.
It is time to look at the facts, based on all the evidence that the United States has made public, and move on. Saudi Arabia honors the victims of Sept. 11, and will always do whatever it can to ensure that its American friends are not attacked by terrorists. After all, those who attacked the United States would be quite content to strike Saudi Arabia too. They are a problem for us all.