Let's face it, the Saudi’s are not America’s favorite ally right now if ally you can even call them. Maybe our relationship with them is more like ‘strange bedfellows.’ 15 of the 19 9/11 attackers were citizens of Saudi Arabia. In 2018, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the young de facto ruler of the desert kingdom approved the 2018 plot to assassinate the journalist, Jamal Khashoggi. And most recently the Saudis sided with Russia against the Ukraine in a UN vote and in the recent OPEC talks, resulting in limiting the export of crude oil to the U.S.
Two reporters from the Washington Post spent two years trying to discover who in the U.S. is on their payroll and came up with several top retired generals.
We’ve all already heard the Saudi’s ‘invested’ $2 billion with Jared Kushner, the son-in-law of then President Trump. the Saudis put $2 billion into Kushner’s company, Affinity Fund Management even though he has no track record as a fund manager. In fact, to date they seem to be the main investors in Affinity, which only has $2.5 billion, most of it from Riyadh.
Speculation by veteran journalist Abdul Bari Atwan at Al-Ray al-Yawm suggests Mohammad Bin Salman is making a bet that Trump will return to the White House in 2024, or that Bin Salman is paying Kushner back for all the favors the Trump in-law did for Riyadh while in office. Kushner ran interference for Bin Salman on the Khashoggi murder and brokered a $110 billion arms deal for the Saudis.
Two of the American Generals found to be on the Saudi’s payroll, according to the Washington Post reporters, include James L. Jones, the former national security adviser to President Barack Obama, and retired Army General Keith Alexander, the former spy boss of the National Security Agency.
Saudi Arabia is not the only foreign government that pays retired military officers, but the others, like the United Arab Emirates and Australia are our true allies, not just allies of the Trump family, as it appears Saudi Arabia only wants to be.