As Obama makes his ice-cold courtesies to the king of the barbarian head-choppers, the State Department is selectively releasing more and more little bits of evidence to the press that confirm that Saudi officials were complicit in 9/11. If Obama now releases a whole redacted section of the official report, smart comment is betting that this will expose KSA's involvement with Bin Laden and Al-Queda beyond doubt.
The squirming and wriggling now taking place behind the scenes is the extent to which Bush, and importantly for us, Blair, knew about the extent of Saudi involvement when planning the invasion of Iraq. With Chilcot now winding up his interminable enquiry, we will see whether Blair and Dearlove and the Cabinet Secretary and the rest of them lied and lied about the run-up to the war. I expect the pressure on Washington to keep the redacted report secret must be intense.
And more importantly, it suggests that every major policy decision since 2001 has been undertaken on a false premise; Iraq, Libya, Yemen, Syria, all wrong. And all knowingly wrong.
I cannot begin to suggest the ramifications of the US switching horses in the Middle East from the Salafist / Wahabbi Sunni head-choppers and savage zealots to the priggish primitive crane-hangers and brutal thugs of Shia Persia and its allies. The crane-hangers love poetry and rose petals but with terror and a whip behind them.
These are large tectonic plate movements. Obama has eight months left in office and a reputation for having achieved nothing. Maybe the earthquake is yet to come.