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Al Gore’s Arab Pander By: Lowell Ponte
FrontPageMagazine.com | Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Al Gore, the Vice President under President Bill Clinton and the losing 2000 Democratic Party presidential candidate, last Sunday was in Saudi Arabia, bad-mouthing the United States. Was Gore’s motive money and political ambition?

America’s government committed “terrible abuses” against Arabs following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Gore told a Saudi audience at the Jiddah Economic Forum. Arabs had been “indiscriminately rounded up,” said Gore, and held in “unforgivable” conditions.


Gore did not mention that 15 of the 19 terrorists who carried out mass murder on September 11 in the United States were Saudis.


Nor did Gore mention that his fellow leftists such as filmmaker Michael Moore had, until their claim was discredited, accused President George W. Bush of being too kind towards Saudi Arabs. President Bush, they falsely claimed, had allowed members of the large bin Laden family (from which al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama is an estranged black sheep) to leave the United States without being questioned by authorities.


“The worst thing we can possibly do,” Gore told the Arab audience, “is to cut off the channels of friendship and mutual understanding between Saudi Arabia and the United States.”


“Gore refused to be drawn into questions about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” wrote Associated Press reporter Jim Krane. “We can’t solve that long conflict in exchanges here,” Gore told his Saudi audience, thereby refusing to say any word in support of Israel.


Gore chose as his vice presidential running mate in 2000 Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman, a devout Jew and unabashed supporter of Israel. Jewish Americans had for decades been among the constituency groups that voted disproportionately for Democratic candidates.


But in the pivotal state of Michigan, America’s Muslim population now exceeds that of Jews, as may soon be the case nationwide.


More importantly, Muslim money from such voters and even more so from abroad is becoming an influential factor in America’s presidential elections.


In October 2003 aspiring Democratic presidential candidate Senator John F. Kerry of Massachusetts traveled to Dearborn, Michigan, to speak before an Arab-American conference. In this speech Mr. Kerry trashed Israel’s anti-terrorist security fence, calling this purely defensive measure “provocative and counterproductive,” declaring it would “increase hardships to the Palestinian people.”


“We do not need another barrier to peace,” Kerry said of Israel’s fence to the supportive Arab-American audience.


In 2004, Kerry’s campaign marked a shift by Democrats away from their traditional Jewish constituency towards a subtle “anti-Zionism” that could appeal to a global constituency of oil-rich Muslims. This shift is being driven by demographics, money, and anti-Israel/anti-American activists who have taken control of the Democratic Party.


By 2008, a Democratic Party dependent on funds from Muslim oil interests and multinational radical billionaires like George Soros (who funneled more than $27 million to Kerry in 2003-4, he said, to make the United States weaker in the world) could become surreal. It likely will feature Democratic presidential candidates vying to be the most anti-American and anti-Semitic. (In such a contest today, Hillary Clinton with her long and discomforting track record on anti-Semitism could easily win).


No wonder Al Gore no longer voices support for Israel when speaking to wealthy Arabs. Oil money has been “Ali Baba” Gore’s magic carpet to political power and, he hopes, could be so again.


Israel’s fence has been opposed by terrorist groups, among them Hamas, winner of the recent Palestinian election. Hamas and similar groups have received significant financial support from the radical Islamist regime in Iran. But so, it appears, have John Kerry and Al Gore.


One of the largest political contributors to Kerry and Gore has been Iranian Hassan Nemazee, who has filed lawsuits denying Iranian expatriot accusations that he acts as a conduit for cash and lobbying influence for Iran’s theocratic mullahs. Nemazee, as this column reported, contributed more than $180,000 to Kerry’s primary campaign.


Nemazee also raised $250,000 for Al Gore in November 1995. Nemazee and his family also contributed the legal maximum of $60,000 to Bill Clinton’s legal defense fund and slushed another $150,000 to the Democratic National Committee. In 2000, Nemazee gave $50,000 to his friend Al Gore’s Recount Fund.


The source of such money is, of course, oil. But oil wealth is nothing new to Albert Gore Jr. His senator father’s fortune and son Gore’s own portfolio today have gotten the lion’s share of their money from Occidental Petroleum and its eccentric head Armand Hammer, whose father founded the Communist Party USA and before his death acknowledged carrying millions of dollars in cash from Moscow to fund the CPUSA.


The Gore family has controlled up to $1 million worth of Occidental stock, and Al Gore Jr. has pocketed up to $20,000 per year by leasing mineral rights on Gore property to an Occidental zinc mining operation cited for polluting the adjacent Tennessee River.


Despite an apparent conflict of interest that this column reported in 2000, the Clinton-Gore administration in 1997 allowed Occidental Petroleum to buy 47,000 acres of the U.S. Navy’s Elk Hills strategic oil reserve near Bakersfield, California, for only $100 per acre. This purchase tripled Occidental’s corporate oil reserve and boosted the value of its stock by about 10 percent – and Gore family shares by about $100,000. (Interestingly, Elk Hills was also involved in the Teapot Dome scandal, which erupted because Republican President Warren G. Harding’s Interior Secretary in 1921 sold access to it to private oil interests.)


Gore even had the chutzpah to hire a firm to assess the “environmental cost” of this Occidental-Elk Hills deal – the firm of ICF Kaiser on whose Board of Directors sat Gore’s future campaign chairman, the former California Congressman who resigned under a cloud of financial scandal Tony Coehlo. Coehlo, further enriched by Gore’s shell game, would also later be a campaign director in 2004 for John Kerry.


Luckily for Gore, the leftist national media is eager to cover up Democratic scandals and corruption. Occidental, incidentally, has oil interests in many nations, among them Russia and the Muslim nations of Yemen, Qatar, Oman, Libya, and Pakistan.


Despite his environmentalist hysteria, Gore has rightly earned the nickname “Oily Al.” How strange it is that the so-called mainstream media relentlessly accuses President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney of somehow being linked to Big Oil but never exposes how former Vice President Al Gore’s life and entire political career have been largely fueled by oil wealth.


Like most other politicians who want to be the Democratic standard-bearer in 2008, Al Gore has a problem. New York Senator Hillary Clinton may be unpopular with many in her party, but she has gotten commitments from most partisan and left-wing money men and kingmakers, having already amassed a war chest estimated at more than $150 million in political cash and IOUs. She has preemptively sucked up most Democratic seed money in the political system, leaving little for would-be opponents.


Al Gore and the other rivals to Senator Clinton will need lots of money to overcome her mountain of cash. Gore, apparently in search of money last Sunday, literally went to the well of Saudi Arabia  to bow in supplication before its sheiks.

Gore has gone on his knees to other gods before, from Buddhist monks to the mullahs of Iran. Nobody should be surprised to see him on his knees in Saudi Arabia, putting his lips at the service of the propaganda of Islamist terrorists. But how can any sane American ever believe or support such an oil-stained, prostituted politician who apparently hates his country?

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Mr. Ponte co-hosts a national radio talk show Monday through Friday 6-8 PM Eastern Time (3-5 PM Pacific Time) on the Genesis Communications Network. Internet Audio worldwide is at GCNlive .com. The show's live call-in number is 1-800-259-9231. A professional speaker, he is a former Roving Editor for Reader's Digest.

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