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Gore jumps shark at Saudi seminar

Posted by Richard on February 14, 2006

Remember all the criticism by Michael Moore and the MoveOn crowd of the Bush family’s coziness with the House of Saud? Moore’s execrable little propaganda film made a big issue of the Bush administration letting rich Saudis — and especially members of the bin Laden family — leave the U.S. shortly after 9/11, suggesting there was something sinister going on. For instance, Moore said the administration let Saudis "escape" without being interrogated:

DID THESE INDIVIDUALS GET SPECIAL TREATMENT BY LAW ENFORCEMENT?

Yes, according to Jack Cloonan, a former senior agent on the joint FBI-CIA Al-Qaeda task force, who is interviewed in Fahrenheit 9/11. Cloonan raises questions about the type of investigation to which these individuals were subjected, finding it highly unusual that in light of the seriousness of the attack on 9/11, bin Laden family members were allowed to leave the country and escape without anyone getting their statements on record in any kind of formal proceeding, and with little more than a brief interview.

Most Saudis who left were not interviewed at all by the FBI. In fact, of the 142 Saudis on these flights, only 30 were interviewed.

So, what are we to make of Al Gore, the semi-official spokesranter of the MoveOn crowd, accusing the U.S. government of singling out Saudis for mistreatment? This past weekend, Gore addressed a Saudi economic forum — which, by the way, had disinvited the Danes because of the "blasphemous" cartoons:

JIDDAH, Saudi Arabia — Former Vice President Al Gore told a mainly Saudi audience on Sunday that the U.S. government committed "terrible abuses" against Arabs after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, and that most Americans did not support such treatment.

Gore said Arabs had been "indiscriminately rounded up" and held in "unforgivable" conditions. The former vice president said the Bush administration was playing into al-Qaida’s hands by routinely blocking Saudi visa applications.

And all the bin Ladens that the evil Bushies helped to "escape"? They paid for the event (and maybe Gore’s speaking fee; no one’s saying):

The Saudi Arabia seminar that was addressed by former Vice President Al Gore over the weekend in a speech that criticized the U.S. for being too tough on Arabs was sponsored, in part, by Osama bin Laden’s family.

The Saudi BinLadin Group – which is Saudi Arabia’s largest construction company – is run by Osama bin Laden’s brothers and cousins. Jeddah, the site of the forum attended by Gore, is Osama bin Laden’s hometown.

Apparently, Gore will criticize the Bush administration in front of any audience for any reason. And his moonbat fans will praise and cheer him for it, no matter how irrational, nonsensical, contradictory, and false his accusations become. Glenn Reynolds characterized this particular bit of nonsense perfectly:

Only Al Gore could come up with the idea of criticizing Bush for not sucking up to the Saudis enough. Sigh.

Me, I’m thinking the novelty of Gore’s shtick has worn off, and he’s simply become tiresome. Can we all just thank our jucky stars that this moron didn’t become president, and then stop paying any attention to him?

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