Saudi Arabia Warned Us About Tamarlan Tsarnaev
Alternative Headline: “OBAMA KNEW!”*
Following up on the glaring double standard in the media when it comes to their treatment of Bush after 9/11 and Obama after, well, when anything goes wrong, we have more information on the warning signs missed regarding the Boston Marathon bombing. From the DailyMail:
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia sent a written warning about accused Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in 2012, long before pressure-cooker blasts killed three and injured hundreds, according to a senior Saudi government official with direct knowledge of the document.
The Saudi warning, the official told MailOnline, was separate from the multiple red flags raised by Russian intelligence in 2011, and was based on human intelligence developed independently in Yemen.
Citing security concerns, the Saudi government also denied an entry visa to the elder Tsarnaev brother in December 2011, when he hoped to make a pilgrimage to Mecca, the source said. Tsarnaev’s plans to visit Saudi Arabia have not been previously disclosed.
In other words, the Saudis (and the Russians) told us that “Tamarlan Tsarnaev was determined to strike the US” (paraphrasing the title of the notorious August 6th PDB leftists use to claim “Bush KNEW!”). h/t @DCSeth
Will we be treated to headline after headline blaming the Obama administration for missing the signs? Highly unlikely. But it would be historic considering how easy the press has been on The One to this point.
*Standard Disclaimer: Obviously Obama didn’t personally know about Tamarlan Tsarnaev’s plans just as it is obvious Bush didn’t know the names of the 19 highjackers who executed the 9/11 attack.