By Robert Baer
“Saudi Arabia is progressively more an irrational state—a position that spawns worldwide terrorism at the same time it succumbs to an historic and deeply seated isolationism, a nation led through a royal relations that can’t get out of how of its personal greed. is that this the fulcrum we need the worldwide financial system to stability on?”
In his explosive big apple occasions bestseller, See No Evil, former CIA operative Robert Baer uncovered how Washington politics enormously compromised the CIA’s efforts to struggle worldwide terrorism. Now in his robust new e-book, sound asleep with the satan, Baer turns his consciousness to Saudi Arabia, revealing how our government’s cynical dating with our heart jap best friend and the United States’ s dependence on Saudi oil make us more and more prone to monetary catastrophe and placed us in danger for extra acts of terrorism.
For a long time, the USA and Saudi Arabia were locked in a “harmony of interests.” the USA counted at the Saudis for inexpensive oil, political balance within the heart East, and profitable enterprise relationships for the U.S., whereas supplying a voracious marketplace for the dominion’ s monstrous oil reserves. With cash and oil flowing freely among Washington and Riyadh, the USA has felt safe in its courting with the Saudis and the ruling Al Sa’ud relations. however the rot on the middle of our “friendship” with the Saudis was once dramatically published while it grew to become 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 affordable 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 aid of fundamentalist Islamic teams which were at once associated with overseas acts of terror, together with these opposed to the U.S.. Drawing on his adventure as a box operative who used to be at the floor within the center East for a lot of his 20 years with the service provider, in addition to the big community of assets he has cultivated within the area and within the U.S. intelligence neighborhood, Baer vividly portrays our decades-old courting with the more and more dysfunctional and corrupt Al Sa’ud kin, 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 relatives has been shoveling cash as quick because it can to mosque faculties that pontificate hatred of the United States and to militant fundamentalist groups—an finish video game simply ready to play out.
Baer not just finds the outrageous excesses of a Saudi royal relatives thoroughly out of contact with the folks of its country, he additionally takes readers on a hugely own look for the deeper roots of contemporary terrorism, a trip that returns time repeatedly to Saudi Arabia: to the Wahhabis, the strong 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, the most energetic and potent terrorist teams in life, which the Al Sa’ud have sheltered and funded. the money and fingers that we ship to Saudi Arabia are, in influence, getting used to chop our personal throat, Baer writes, yet the US may need in simple terms itself responsible. as long as we proceed to inspire the hugely unstable Saudi kingdom to financial institution our oil lower than its sand—and as long as we proceed to snatch on the Al Sa’ud’s money—we are laying the foundation for a possible worldwide financial catastrophe.
From the Hardcover edition.