Saudi Arabia’s Great Tumbling Down – The Boy Who Wanted to be King is No More – Astute News
As we have seen transpired over the past few days, Saudi Arabia’s link to the West is dependent on its ability to sustain America’s war complex, and to grace PR firms and lobbyists with millions of dollars worth of hush money.
As Tom Freeman writes in TomDispatch: “In 2016, according to FARA records, they [Saudi Arabia] reported spending just under $10 million on lobbying firms; in 2017, that number had nearly tripled to $27.3 million. And that’s just a baseline figure for a far larger operation to buy influence in Washington, since it doesn’t include considerable sums given to elite universities or think tanks like the Arab Gulf States Institute, the Middle East Institute, and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (to mention just a few of them).”
And: “This meteoric rise in spending allowed the Saudis to dramatically increase the number of lobbyists representing their interests on both sides of the aisle .. Lobbyists and publicists are using the deep pockets of the Saudi royals to spread their propaganda.”
How many civilized nations other than the US allow this much foreign influence and foreign propaganda?