We constantly hear about Iran, Iraq, and Afghanistan, but which country gives the most money to al Qaeda? Why, it's Saudi Arabia, a close US ally.
This week, Stuart A. Levey, a top financial counter-terrorism official in the Bush Administration, told a Senate committee that Saudi Arabia is the number one terrorist bankroller. Levey stressed that the Saudi government has provided operational cooperation against terrorists; but, the Kingdom has failed to eliminate dangerous funding networks as it promised it would years ago. For example, the government has not imposed charity oversight in order to stop "donations" to al Qaeda.
The fact that a US ally is the leading source of terrorist funds, shows that the situation in the Middle East cannot be expressed as good guys vs. bad guys. Just yesterday, al Qaeda's number two man said it was in the interest of al Qaeda to see Iran fail. But, wait — I thought the US didn't like Iran.
The US depends on other countries to help stop the flow of money to al Qaeda. Are you surprised by the revelation that its allies aren't doing their part?