WikiLeaks: Among the more intriguing revelations from the dump
of Hillary Clinton's emails is her frightening admission that
both Qatar and Saudi Arabia, often lauded as "moderates" in the
Islamic world, are both helping to finance the Islamic State and
other radical Islamic groups.
In an August 17, 2014, email to her campaign chairman John
Podesta, Hillary outlined a plan to beat ISIS in Iraq and Syria
using U.S. "advisers," but no U.S. ground troops.
Tucked into the email, however, was this: "While this
military/para-military operation is moving forward, we need to
use our diplomatic and more traditional intelligence assets to
bring pressure on the governments of Qatar and Saudi Arabia,
which are providing clandestine financial and logistic support
to ISIL and other radical Sunni groups in the region."
Excuse us? Our supposed Mideast allies are funding our terrorist
foes — the very ones now sending deep-cover terrorists into the
West, hidden among the human flood of hundreds of thousands of
Mideast and North African Muslim refugees?
Without comment, the Daily Caller puts this into bigger
perspective: "Qatar has given between $1 million and $5 million
to the Clinton Foundation and Saudi Arabia has donated upward of
$25 million to the Foundation."
So the Clinton Foundation knew that both Qatar and Saudi Arabia
were financing terrorists, but took their money anyway. Just to
be clear, this may also have had a major impact on U.S. policy
while Hillary Clinton was secretary of state from 2009 to 2013.
In 2010, Assistant Secretary of State Andrew Shapiro called the
sale of $60 billion in F-15 fighter jets, helicopters and other
lethal equipment to the Saudis a "top priority" for Hillary
Clinton personally. A year later, the jet part of the deal was
consummated at a price tag of $29 billion.
Hillary's advocacy on behalf of the Saudis did not go
unrewarded. "As weapons transfers were being approved, both the
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Boeing made donations to the Clinton
Foundation," wrote Lee Fang, at the website The Intercept.
Meanwhile, International Business Times, in an analysis of State
Department and Clinton Foundation data from 2010 to 2012, found
that "the State Department approved $165 billion worth of
commercial arms sales to 20 nations whose governments have given
money to the Clinton Foundation." That was nearly twice the
amount of arms sales for the same nations approved under Bush.
"In all, governments and corporations involved in the arms deals
approved by Clinton's State Department have delivered between
$54 million and $141 million to the Clinton Foundation as well
as hundreds of thousands of dollars in payments to the Clinton
family," the IBT analysis concluded.
We wrote about this apparent corruption earlier this year, with
the Clintons taking as much as $130 million from their friends
in a handful of authoritarian nations in the Mideast. The most
recent details only confirm that the willingness of Hillary
Clinton to put the State Department's power and prestige up for
sale to enrich her own family foundation knew no bounds.
Apparently, that even extends to lining their pockets with money
from those who support terrorism.