The indubitable Lord Acton commented in his classic, Essays on Church and State, that: “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”
Journalist and author, Joel Mowbray, may very well agree with the prescient Lord Acton’s comments if they are applied to the “corruption by authority” of a significant portion of the State Department’s nomenklatura.
In his first book, Dangerous Diplomacy, Mowbray begins his revelations by detailing the corrupt association between Saudi Arabia and the State Department. He prefaces his comments with a short history of the relationship between the House of Saud and the Wahhabist clerics that run the country, including the operation of Wahhabist schools that guarantee the generational perpetuation of hatred and murder.
Disdaining the popular media (and Bush Administration) myth that “Islam is not a religion of hate,” Mowbray opines that, “Modern-day Wahhabists hate nothing more-aside from Christians, Jews, and other infidels-than Muslims practicing non-Wahhabist Islam.” It is from the fertile seedbed of the Wahhabist sect of Sunni Muslims that the terrorist organization, al Qaeda, originated.
The “oil-for-protection” relationship between the American government and Saudi Arabia dates back to 1945, but the Saudi’s brought the State Department to heel during the 1973 oil crisis. It was during this crisis that the Saudis clearly illustrated to the Arabists at “Foggy Bottom” that “it really is about oil.”
Mowbray points out that following the massacre of American citizens on Sept. 11, 2001, government investigators discovered that 15 of the al Qaeda terrorists involved in the cowardly sneak attacks came from Saudi Arabia.
It was also determined that three of these terrorists had utilized a three-month-old State Department program known as Visa Express to gain access to the United States. Because of this ignominious program, designed primarily to appease the House of Saud, the State Department is responsible for permitting al Qaeda terrorists to make an abattoir out of downtown New York, the Pentagon, and a field in southwestern Pennsylvania. Incredibly, “Foggy Bottom” continued the Visa Express program for ten more months before terminating it under a great deal of public pressure generated in large measure by the author’s expose.
Mowbray provides abundant examples by members of the Saudi royal family as well as Saudi nationals including: funneling money to retired State Department officials ensconced in “think tanks” that “promote the Saudi agenda,” the suppression of religious freedom in Saudi Arabia, the enslavement of third world domestics employed by Saudi nationals living in the United States, the State Department’s protection of Saudi royals who break the law in this country, and the abduction of American children by their Saudi parent.
And, Saudi Arabia is not the only terrorist-infested Middle Eastern country that the State Department abides. Syria, Libya, Iran, and the Taliban have all been accorded diplomatic forbearance even though each has funded, trained, housed, and encouraged terrorist organizations from al Quaeda to Hezbollah that have claimed responsibility for murdering thousands of American citizens over the past 20 years.
I have referred to only a scintilla of the information in Dangerous Diplomacy. Mowbray’s book is compelling in its review of the efficacy of Foggy Bottom’s myopic vision for American diplomacy: stability at any price, and the conscious decision to avoid confrontation by “engaging” every foreign tyrant practicable.
It is not encouraging to know that a department of the federal government enables fanatical 12th Century desert dwellers whose vocation is executing the meticulously planned murders of American citizens. Neither is it especially heartening to know that this same maladroit policy is applied to State’s dealings with China, Brazil, North Korea, to name just a few.
As any good book must, Joel Mowbray’s Dangerous Diplomacy, makes the reader think. “Either as an occupational hazard, or because they joined State with these beliefs,” Mowbray writes, “Foggy Bottom officials are typically infected with extreme moral relativism.” Moral relativism may explain the hubris of State’s managerial elite but it doesn’t explain contravening the President’s directives, undermining American prestige overseas, or providing potential belligerents with aid and assistance.
No, these are the actions of agents acting on behest of a foreign power, or statist ideology-agents every bit as threatening as that old Comintern spy and high-ranking State Department apparatchik, Alger Hiss.
Mowbray has uncovered damaging facts about the State Department that require executive action and a good purge, which is why his book, Dangerous Diplomacy, is a must read!