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Dick Morris: Obama Needs to Expose Saudi Financing of Terrorism

By    |   Tuesday, 09 September 2014 12:45 PM

Anyone hoping for a new and improved President Barack Obama on Wednesday night is likely to come away deflated by his expected prime-time national address announcing further U.S. military action against the Islamic State, veteran political consultant Dick Morris told Newsmax TV on Tuesday.

"If there's anybody who's waiting for tomorrow night to be a rallying cry and a strong national summons that kindles a national effort, they haven't been around for the last six years," Morris told "MidPoint" host Ed Berliner.

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"That's not what this guy does," Morris said of the president. "It's not where his heart is. And the consequences of the failures of his [Middle East] policy are now forcing him to change the policy, and he looks bad doing it. He's not good at it, and it's not consistent."

Morris described the occasion as a kind of grudging course correction from a president who dislikes having his judgment and his policies contradicted, even as the rampage of the Islamic State, or ISIS, across Iraq and Syria has made a mockery of Obama's previous assessments.

Morris said the speech also requires "a delicate balancing act" of placating the president's anti-war liberal base — who are "not going to think kindly about what they might consider a descent into another cauldron," he said — while acknowledging the unraveling of Iraq in the absence of a large U.S. troop presence.

"Because a large part of America is coming to the conclusion that he's too weak to be president, and this cuts across party lines," Morris said.

"In the past, his negatives have all been among Republicans and independents … and now a lot of Democrats, particularly women, are worried about security, [with] 9/11 coming up, and with ISIS raging all over the place, and an open southern border," he said. "They're concerned, and he has to address that."

"And then he's got his own past to confront, where he previously minimized this threat and said they [ISIS] were the junior varsity," said Morris, adding, "With that history of minimizing them until they became an explosive force like they are now, it's going to be very hard for him to do this."

In an earlier appearance Tuesday on Newsmax TV's "America's Forum," Morris said a key step to crippling, and ultimately defeating, ISIS is for Obama to expose that the Saudis helped finance the 9/11 hijackers.

"They have nurtured this snake, and now it's turning around and biting them, and the first thing we have to do is to cut off the flow of funding," Morris said. "One of the steps we should take to do that is the day after tomorrow to release the 28 redacted pages of the 9/11 Commission report that detail the aid that Saudi Arabia, through one of its agents in the United States, funded the hijackers on 9/11 and, for some incredible reason, neither  Bush nor Obama has released that, and those pages need to be released.

"There needs to be a groundswell against Arabic funding of these extremists, otherwise it's just going to continue."

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The redacted pages have long been a topic of debate. The New York Post reported last year that following the 9/11 attacks, the public was told al-Qaida "acted alone, with no state sponsors."

The White House, however, withheld a section of the report referencing "specific sources of foreign support for the 19 hijackers, 15 of whom were Saudi nationals," according to the Post.

Morris said ISIS is funded by Qatar, Kuwait, and Saudi businessmen.

"They've been playing this game while Obama has been ignoring ISIS. They've been funding it in the hopes that it would defeat [Syrian President] Assad and in the hopes that it would counter an Iranian presence with a vigorous Sunni presence in a caliphate state in Iraq and Syria," he said. "Now the monarchies are realizing that before they're Sunnis or Shiites, they're Islamists, and they will oppose the monarchies in the Gulf and in Saudi Arabia."

ISIS is the result of Obama "ignoring the problem," the same reason for the African Ebola outbreak, Morris said.

"In the ISIS case, it escaped quarantine and became a major issue, which he now has to address," Morris said. "The president has ratings for weakness at this point that are extraordinary, and people are regarding his foreign policy in a nonpartisan and negative way."

Obama could have "nipped this in the bud in Iraq and then when it was a little larger in Syria and then when it came back to Iraq," he said. "It's a full-blown epidemic and will require years of American military involvement."

The president is having to reverse course on everything he’s ever said about ISIS, Morris said, and the $5 billion he has requested to fight them is just a starting point.

"Initially there's 650 of our men and women that are en route to Iraq or there already. There will be more added. Spotters for airstrikes and advisers to Iraqi intelligence and advisers to Iraqi military units. But we're going down the familiar path of Vietnamization, where more and more involvement is called for. This is the price of having ignored it at a point when you could really have stopped it."

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