President George H.W. Bush saddened by Passing of “Dear Friend” King Abdullah

Remember this from page 261 of Family of Secrets?

“Besides the scrubbing operation and the cooking of intelligence to order, Poppy oversaw some intriguing new projects. He enlisted the Saudis to provide financing for agency covert operations that Congress had barred or refused to fund.  In effect, Bush privatized U.S. covert operations. This program, which will be detailed in chapters 13 and 14, offered tangible benefits to the Saudis, permitted the continuation of questionable CIA activities, and as we shall see, also enriched Poppy’s circle back in Texas.”

Former President George H.W. Bush shakes hands with King Abdullah in 2005. [via White House Archives]

Former President George H.W. Bush shakes hands with King Abdullah in 2005. [via White House Archives]

How about this from yesterday?
Former President George H.W. Bush on passing on Saudi King Abdullah: “I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of my dear friend and partner King Abdullah. As President, I found His Majesty always to be a wise and reliable ally, helping our nations build on a strategic relationship and enduring friendship dating back to World War II.”
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