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Saturday, 1 October 2016

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The elephant in the room sighed heavily

The JASTA (Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act) legislation has moved rapidly ahead, then swerved and come to a screeching halt with three flat tires.

This legislation is intended to bring to account the role of Saudi Arabia in the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center.

It has widespread support from the public and the families of 9/11 victims.

Recent release of the 28 pages previously classified from the official 9/11 investigation shows that highly placed Saudi officials, including Prince Bandar, actively assisted some of the hijackers.

With that confirmation, the legislation moved ahead and was approved by both houses of Congress.

Representatives kept their gazes fixed on the November elections, given the public's view Saudi Arabia should be held accountable.

At this point the elephant in the room sighed heavily.

It should be noted this elephant bears no relationship to the GOP except in physical similarity and/or bulk.

With JASTA passed, Mr. Obama moved swiftly to veto it, explaining the problem.

That is, if we take Saudi Arabia to task for its misdeeds in this matter, the US might also be held responsible for its own problematic foreign affairs.

Places like Afghanistan, Somalia, Pakistan, Libya, Iraq, Yemen, Syria might bring on a storm of similar lawsuits costing the nation billions in reparations.

Nevertheless, both houses of Congress forcefully rejected the president's veto, wiping their brows feverishly as they looked, again, toward November.

Mr. Obama then berated and paraded, including leveling a sarcastic "buyer's remorse" accusation, as a number of prominent Republicans stirred, hesitated, stammered, and walked backwards.

Intestinal noises and an assortment of groans were now emerging from the elephant in the room.

Assorted Republicans, as with Senators Corker, Graham, McConnell, Speaker of the House Ryan, are adjusting the matter.

A post veto override, coming to a politically correct position in line with the President, is at this time slithering onto the table.

Meanwhile, JASTA legislation will stand until the election is over, and the congress will have appeared to honor public and 9/11 family support for it.

The Attorney General can delay forthcoming lawsuits against Saudi Arabia for up to 180 days, until well after the election--at which time the legislation can be fiddled with.

The public, with its excellent memory and analytical abilities, will be happy and proud its congress has passed a noble bill, while in the background congress extracts JASTA's teeth.

Saudi Arabia will be off the hook, and so will the US for any possible misdeeds lingering in its wars.

At this point the elephant in the room turned, and it did seem to have an ancient eye under furrowed brows, as a long, very long sound emerged from somewhere in its rear vicinity.

With this indication of who had a role in 9/11--shown by the 28 pages and the official story of 9/11--dissolved and shoved out of sight, government representatives can now move happily on with job well done.

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