Robots for James Baker? Nope. It is the name of a law firm boasting one James Baker as a senior partner. Newsweek has an interesting story about Baker Botts.
April 16 - After months of working below the radar, a huge U.S. legal team hired by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has sprung into action and begun a major counteroffensive against a landmark lawsuit seeking $1 trillion in damages on behalf of the victims of the September 11 terror attacks.From the tone of the story it looks like Baker Botts has made a huge strategic error. However, what I'm looking for is James Baker. (Sultan is Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz, the Saudi defense minister)
Baker Botts, Sultan’s law firm, for example, still boasts former secretary of State James Baker as one of its senior partners. Its recent alumni include Robert Jordan, the former personal lawyer for President Bush who is now U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia.So now we have Mr. Baker giving advice on policy.
An internal list of other law firms retained in the case, reviewed by NEWSWEEK , reads like a veritable “who’s who” of the U.S. legal community. Among those firms and their Saudi clients are: Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering (Prince Mohammed al Faisal); Kellog, Huber, Hansen, Todd & Evans (Prince Turki al Faisal); Jones, Day (the Binladin Group); Ropes & Grey (Khaled bin Mahfouz); White & Case,(the Al-Rajhi Banking Group); King & Spalding (the Arab Bank and Youssef Nada); Akin Gump (Mohammed Hussein Al-Almoudi); and Fulbright & Jaworski (Nimir Petroleum.)
But legal sources say some high-priced firms and their senior partners have been wary of the Saudi overtures—despite offers of retainers that, in some cases, have ranged as high as $5 million. One former Clinton administration official at a big law firm said he was personally approached to represent a high-ranking Saudi prince in the case but turned it down. “I kept asking myself, ‘do I want to be representing the Saudis against the 9-11 families—especially after all the trouble we had getting cooperation from the Saudis on terrorism’,” the official said. “I finally just said no.”
Straight from Saudi Arabia.
If this deal goes down I'm going to back the Dems on impeachment. Any charge. Jr. is going the way of Sr. and I don't like it one bit. They do not have America's best interests at heart.
I wonder if Bush will go down as our second Saudi Arabian President?
See also: The Saudis Are Not Our Friends.
Update: 14 Nov '06 2321z
The American Thinker has more plus lots of links.
Israel Matzav has a bit.
Commenter southsalem also makes this very good point:
The very sad and depressing fact is it is simplistic to single out the Bushes as the only Saudi terrorist supporters. FDR started this deal with the devil, even Jimmy Carter was on a talk show a year or so ago and openly stated how his family vacations at the ski resort of Saudi Prince Bandar, and Bill Clinton is raking in big bucks from his speaking engagements in terrorist financing/supporting middle eastern countries and has yet to come clean on how much the Saudi's have given to his presidential library.
I guess my point is they are all in the Saudi pockets, all to blame for the American Heroes choosing between immolation and jumping off the upper floors of the World Trade Center on 911.