After a 15 year wait, we're finally getting to the bottom of things:
Saudi Arabia has told the Obama administration and members of Congress that it will sell off hundreds of billions of dollars’ worth of American assets held by the kingdom if Congress passes a bill that would allow the Saudi government to be held responsible in American courts for any role in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
The Obama administration has lobbied Congress to block the bill’s passage, according to administration officials and congressional aides from both parties, and the Saudi threats have been the subject of intense discussions in recent weeks between lawmakers and officials from the State Department and the Pentagon. The officials have warned senators of diplomatic and economic fallout from the legislation.
Adel al-Jubeir, the Saudi foreign minister, delivered the kingdom’s message personally last month during a trip to Washington, telling lawmakers that Saudi Arabia would be forced to sell up to $750 billion in treasury securities and other assets in the United States before they could be in danger of being frozen by American courts.
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There is evidence that both Saudi Arabia and Israel (either the states themselves or individuals) contributed to the 9/11 attacks. Should this be proven true, I think we should seize all their assets and carpet bomb both of them. Neither of these countries is really our friend.
Of course, in the long run such a thing would be bad for the US economy so we probably wouldn't do it.
What a conundrum.