By Robert Baer
“Saudi Arabia is a growing number of an irrational state—a position that spawns international terrorism whilst it succumbs to an old and deeply seated isolationism, a country led by way of a royal relations that can’t get out of ways of its personal greed. is that this the fulcrum we'd like the worldwide financial system to stability on?”
In his explosive ny instances bestseller, See No Evil, former CIA operative Robert Baer uncovered how Washington politics vastly compromised the CIA’s efforts to struggle international terrorism. Now in his robust new e-book, snoozing with the satan, Baer turns his cognizance to Saudi Arabia, revealing how our government’s cynical courting with our center jap best friend and the US’ s dependence on Saudi oil make us more and more susceptible to fiscal catastrophe and placed us in danger for extra acts of terrorism.
For a long time, the us and Saudi Arabia were locked in a “harmony of interests.” the USA counted at the Saudis for inexpensive oil, political balance within the center East, and profitable company relationships for the U.S., whereas delivering a voracious marketplace for the dominion’ s tremendous 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 center of our “friendship” with the Saudis used to be dramatically published whilst 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 prompted us to show a blind eye to the Al Sa’ud’s tradition of bribery, its abysmal human rights checklist, and its monetary help of fundamentalist Islamic teams which were without delay associated with foreign acts of terror, together with these opposed to the us. Drawing on his event as a box operative who used to be at the flooring within the center East for a lot of his 20 years with the corporation, 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 courting with the more and more dysfunctional and corrupt Al Sa’ud family members, 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 funds as quickly because it can to mosque faculties that hold forth 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 relations thoroughly out of contact with the folk of its nation, he additionally takes readers on a hugely own look for the deeper roots of recent terrorism, a trip that returns time many times to Saudi Arabia: to the Wahhabis, the strong Islamic sect that ideas the Saudi road; to the Taliban and al Qaeda, either one of which Saudi Arabia helped to underwrite; and to the Muslim Brotherhood, some of the most energetic and potent 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 US may have in simple terms itself guilty. as long as we proceed to inspire the hugely risky Saudi nation 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 basis for a possible worldwide financial catastrophe.
From the Hardcover edition.