The Corner

What Did The Saudis Know and When Did They Know It?

Ever since 9/11 Stephen Schwartz has been calling for the Bush administration to demand that the Saudis undertake a full investigation of the Kingdom’s connections to the terror plot, and tell us everything. Who can read today’s New York Times story–Kathryn links to it below–and not agree? The Times and Mike Isikoff have been indispensable in their reporting on the Saudi portions of the 9/11 report, which may or may not exaggerate the connections of Saudi intelligence to the hijackers. We just don’t know–which is in itself a sort of scandal. It is simply unacceptable that we, two years later, are largely in the dark about what role a foreign intelligence service–of one of our “allies”–had in aiding the 9/11 plotters. And it is unacceptable that the White House, publicly at least, shows almost no curiosity about the question. In coming weeks I’m going to be rooting hard for Chuck Schumer, who is becoming a very important voice in the controversy.

Rich Lowry — Rich Lowry is the editor of National Review. He can be reached via email: comments.lowry@nationalreview.com. 

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