Which VP am I talking about? Not Cheney.
No, the guilty man is Al Gore. Investors Business Daily has a very good article on the infamous episode of Al Gore pandering to the Wahhabis.
Speaking at the Jiddah Economic Forum, an event staged by oil-rich Saudi royalty, Gore indicted the American government for its "terrible abuses" of Arabs since the 9-11 attacks on New York and Washington. Such treatment, he charged, played into the hands of al-Qaida.
And just what was the nature of these abuses? Arabs had been "indiscriminately rounded up, often on minor charges of overstaying a visa or not having a green card in proper order, and held in conditions that were just unforgivable."
Understand: Fifteen of the 19 al-Qaida hijackers on that fateful day, a day that saw 3,000 Americans go to their fiery deaths, a day that created thousands more orphans, were Saudi citizens. Those hijackers lived undetected in this country precisely because immigration authorities had been permissive.
So Gore believes the tightening of the rules, post-9-11, was one of a series of "terrible abuses"?
And just what, in Gore's theology, is "unforgivable"? His outburst came on the heels of an absurd United Nations report accusing the U.S. of torturing wartime captives at Guantanamo, where guards, struggling to keep hunger strikers alive, reportedly have resorted to intravenous feeding.
A little perspective: The United States went to war to liberate 50 million people in Afghanistan and Iraq. Those regimes sustained themselves by torturing dissidents in the most unspeakable ways.
Saddam Hussein, the deposed Iraqi dictator, derived pleasure from stuffing live human beings into wood chippers and hanging them on meat hooks. And the U.N. thinks a vitamin-enriched IV is inhumane? Was that Gore's example?
Because of the ridiculous asymmetry of Gore's indictment, it may be possible to find some dark humor at his expense. But his calculated comments came at the height of the cartoon intifada, much of it stoked by Saudi-controlled media.
That uprising, aimed at freedom and democracy, indeed at Western civilization itself, just last week left many non-Arabs dead, European diplomatic quarters torched and journalists' lives threatened. Unconscionably, Gore poured gasoline over the global flames.
Maybe Al missed Farenheit 911 otherwise he would know that Bush and the house of Saud are best buddies. These silly people can not even keep their stories straight.
I wonder what the going price for a Presidential contender is these days? I guess Al aims to make sure the House of Saud gets its money's worth.
Where is Dick Gregory and why isn't he screaming? Will Dana Milbank put a sheet over his head and go on MSNBC? Somehow I just do not see that happening.
hat tip: Betsy's.