The strange life and times of my 2012 column about Obama’s ties to Saudi money

On Thursday, I republished my 2012 column about the mysterious circumstances behind the admission of Barack Obama to Harvard Law School — and how it might be tied to a Saudi plan to win support from black Americans.

That story had wide circulation in the month before Obama’s re-election, but at some point it disappeared — also under mysterious circumstances — from the Daily Inter Lake archives. When you clicked on the link from any of the many articles that referred to it, all you got was a single “1” instead of the text of the story. Whether it was hacked or otherwise scrubbed, I don’t know. (Eventually, I restored a copy of the original story on the Daily Inter Lake’s website, but under a different URL, so links to the original story still lead nowhere.)

However, despite the difficulty of finding my original article, the evidence of its importance remains in plain sight. In the weeks after it appeared on Sept. 23, 2012, it was cited in separate articles by Jerome Corsi, Jack Cashill (here and here), Ann Corcoran, Ron Radosh at PJ Media, and in an editorial by Investor’s Business Daily.


My original research on Obama’s hazy background focused on a 1979 column by Vernon Jarrett that I had discovered while doing research for a proposed book on Obama’s socialist roots (the book was only half completed). Jarrett was the father-in-Law of Valerie Jarrett, Obama’s top adviser, and the column seemed to provide circumstantial evidence that Obama’s Harvard education had been sponsored by Saudi oil money via Dr. Khalid al-Mansour.

Interestingly, my column was quickly “debunked” by Ben Smith at Buzzfeed, the same reporter who had tried to debunk the 2008 claims that al-Mansour had asked Percy Sutton to help Obama get into Harvard. I wrote a follow-up column in which I challenged the legitimacy of Smith’s reporting both in 2008 and 2012, and questioned whether al-Mansour’s protestations of ignorance about the claims of both Sutton and Jarrett could be taken seriously.

That was largely the end of it until November 2017 when curiously Jerome Corsi found reason to bring my column up again in regards to, of all things, the Mueller investigation of President Trump! In an article titled “Did Mueller Help Saudis Who Funded Obama’s Education?” Corsi posits a bizarre theory about “how Mueller’s ‘Saudi-fixing’ connected with Vernon Jarrett’s efforts in 1979 to promote a future president.”

The centerpiece of Corsi’s complex theory is the similarly complex theory advanced by Eric Zuesse at ZeroHedge.com that Robert Mueller was appointed as special counsel to investigate President Trump because Mueller and James Comey were pawns of Saudi Arabia and the Bush family.


I’m not sold on Zuesse’s theory, but certainly Mueller has deep ties to the Deep State that deserve close examination. Here’s how Corsi set the scene for his elaboration of Zuesse’s theory:

A controversial article published Monday by investigative historian Eric Zuesse forces to the forefront once again the historical record suggesting Robert Mueller played a major role cementing the Bush family ties to the Saudi ruling family that paid for Barack Hussein Obama’s education at Harvard Law School.

The starting point is the 1996 Khobar Towers terror bombing in Saudi Arabia, which was blamed on Iran but which Zuesse pins on Saudi factionalism that was covered up starting in the Clinton administration and continuing through the George W. Bush years. But how could this possibly tie back to the 1979 article by Vernon Jarrett, the father-in-law of Valerie Jarrett? Corsi described the connection this way:

This ties into Obama’s Harvard Law education over an incident in 1997 when the Canadians caught and extradited to the United States one of the Saudi radicals alleged to have been one of the Khobar Towers attackers.

In 1999, in stepped Vernon Jordan, the civil rights lawyer who was an associate of communist columnist Frank Marshall Davis and the great uncle of Valerie Jarrett, Obama’s top adviser.

As a result of Jordan’s intervention, the alleged Saudi killer was shipped back to Saudi Arabia before he had time to defend himself by tying responsibility for the Khobar Towers bombing back to al-Qaeda and Saudi radicals supported financially by the Saudi royal family.

As Zuesse points out, by squashing credible information the Saudis were behind the Khobar Towers bombing, Mueller and Comey served the interests of America’s “Deep State” that extend to an international network that includes the Saudi ruling family.

Huh? This is highly circumstantial and, for me, highly speculative. Zuesse’s theory that Mueller helped protect the Saudi royal family has some logic to it, but Corsi’s sharp turn to suggest that Mueller’s appointment as special counsel is related to the Khobar Towers probe seems entirely unsupported. In fact, a careful reader will note that the second half of Corsi’s story — which is subtitled “How does Mueller tie into paying for Obama’s Harvard education?” — never even mentions Mueller.

If this bread crumb trail leads anywhere, it will be up to some other intrepid reporter to follow the story. I don’t get it. But I do stand by my original reporting in 2012, which made a strong case that Obama, despite his protestations, was deeply indebted to the Saudi royal family.



Frank Miele, former editor of the Daily Inter Lake, writes from Kalispell, Montana, at www.HeartlandDiaryUSA.com and is a columnist at Real Clear Politics. My new book is “The Media Matrix: What If Everything You Know Is Fake.” To support my work, please consider buying “The Media Matrix” or my “Why We Needed Trump” trilogy, which documents the downward spiral of the USA before Trump arrived on the scene. The books are available at Amazon in paperback or Kindle editions. Go here for a free sample: https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/sitb/B07PDQBJM4


3 thoughts on “The strange life and times of my 2012 column about Obama’s ties to Saudi money

  1. A heavyweight like you gets attacked and mistreated by Left-Wing Extremists. From inside the Daily Inter Lake, no less! I hope you have talked with the Inter Lake’s owner. My own book, “Extremists in Our Midst” has been attacked as by the same kind of scoundrels. I am not up there in your league but to get the same treatment as you is an honor.

    Here in Missoula there is immense effort to prevent people sharing information not approved by the Democrats. Most recently, my car was egged. As I recall, your van was burned up.

    Obviously, you and I will persevere. The Bad Guys are charmingly inept as per the example above with some fool claiming that something was being “squashed” instead of quashed.

    1. Perhaps I missed something, Jack… where was I attacked? I didn’t see anything…. also the van was burned in a random attack that caught five cars in a hotel parking lot.

    2. The “squashed” reference was by the author that was cited by Jerome Corsi… didn’t have anything to do with me directly.

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