Obama has threatened to veto a bill passed by Congress that would allow victims of September 11 to sue Saudi Arabia for damages. Currently, victims can sue countries designated as state sponsors of terrorism, such as Iran, Syria, and Sudan. Saudi Arabia is not a designated state sponsor, so this legislation is necessary to allow the victims and families of the victims to sue Saudi Arabia.
Obama’s excuse is that this will harm our relations with the Saudis and may allow other countries to sue the USA for its conduct in the war on terror, such as drone attacks that kill civilians.
First, just because the victims can sue does not mean they will win. They will need to submit evidence that there is a causal connection between the Saudi government and the attack. They may find such evidence through discovery by depositions and subpoenas with aggressive attorneys pursuing the case.
At this point, we do not know what the Saudis did, and we have only their word and the U.S. government’s word that there is no connection. But why would we believe the Saudis? As for our own government leaders, we do not know how vigorously they pursued the Saudi connection. Fifteen of the nineteen hijackers were Saudis. Osama bin Laden was Saudi, and his wealthy family is close to the Saudi royal family, in a similar way to how George Soros is close to Obama and the Clintons. Just coincidences?
Why the special concern for the Saudis, who gave 25 million dollars to the Clinton Foundation? Maybe a lawsuit will reveal that the Saudis were buying insurance for this law, which could reveal embarrassing secrets.
Our priority must be to get justice for the victims of September 11, and not to worry about the feelings of the Saudis, or what other countries may do.
If the Saudis are clean, then they have nothing to worry about. They have plenty of money to hire defense lawyers. But if they were involved, then a lawsuit should be the least of their worries.
Trump should ask Hillary if she agrees with Obama’s veto of the law for the September 11 victims and ask Hillary why the Saudis gave the Clinton Foundation $25 million.