By Robert Baer
“Saudi Arabia is an increasing number of an irrational state—a position that spawns worldwide terrorism at the same time it succumbs to an old and deeply seated isolationism, a country led by means of a royal kin that can’t get out of ways of its personal greed. is that this the fulcrum we'd like the worldwide economic system to stability on?”
In his explosive long island instances bestseller, See No Evil, former CIA operative Robert Baer uncovered how Washington politics greatly compromised the CIA’s efforts to struggle international terrorism. Now in his robust new booklet, sound asleep with the satan, Baer turns his recognition to Saudi Arabia, revealing how our government’s cynical dating with our heart jap best friend and the USA’ s dependence on Saudi oil make us more and more at risk of monetary catastrophe and positioned us in danger for additional acts of terrorism.
For many years, the us and Saudi Arabia were locked in a “harmony of interests.” the United States counted at the Saudis for inexpensive oil, political balance within the heart East, and profitable enterprise relationships for the USA, whereas offering a voracious marketplace for the dominion’ s gigantic oil reserves. With cash and oil flowing freely among Washington and Riyadh, the us has felt safe in its courting with the Saudis and the ruling Al Sa’ud relatives. however the rot on the middle of our “friendship” with the Saudis was once dramatically printed whilst it turned obvious that fifteen of the 19 September eleven hijackers proved to be Saudi citizens.
In Sleeping with the Devil, Baer files with chilling readability how our dependancy to reasonable oil and Saudi petrodollars brought on us to show a blind eye to the Al Sa’ud’s tradition of bribery, its abysmal human rights list, and its monetary help of fundamentalist Islamic teams which have been without delay associated with overseas acts of terror, together with these opposed to the U.S.. Drawing on his event as a box operative who was once at the floor within the center East for far of his two decades with the supplier, in addition to the big community of assets he has cultivated within the quarter and within the U.S. intelligence group, Baer vividly portrays our decades-old dating with the more and more dysfunctional and corrupt Al Sa’ud relatives, the fierce anti-Western sentiment that's sweeping the dominion, and the determined hyperlink among the 2. In hopes of saving its personal neck, the royal kin has been shoveling funds as quickly because it can to mosque faculties that pontificate hatred of the US and to militant fundamentalist groups—an finish video game simply ready to play out.
Baer not just unearths the outrageous excesses of a Saudi royal relatives thoroughly out of contact with the folks of its state, he additionally takes readers on a hugely own look for the deeper roots of recent terrorism, a trip that returns time repeatedly to Saudi Arabia: to the Wahhabis, the robust Islamic sect that principles the Saudi highway; to the Taliban and al Qaeda, either one of which Saudi Arabia helped to underwrite; and to the Muslim Brotherhood, probably the most lively and powerful terrorist teams in lifestyles, which the Al Sa’ud have sheltered and funded. the cash and fingers that we ship to Saudi Arabia are, in impact, getting used to chop our personal throat, Baer writes, yet the United States may need in basic terms itself guilty. as long as we proceed to motivate the hugely unstable Saudi country to financial institution our oil less than its sand—and as long as we proceed to snatch on the Al Sa’ud’s money—we are laying the basis for a possible international monetary catastrophe.
From the Hardcover edition.