The United States Senate is set to vote Wednesday on overriding Barack Obama’s veto of legislation allowing lawsuits against foreign sponsors of terrorism. The Senate and the House of Representatives both appear to have the necessary two-thirds majorities for the override. It’s expected that the House will vote later this week.
Obama vetoed the legislation last Friday, saying the bill (the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act or JASTA) would infringe on the president’s ability to conduct foreign policy. In other words, Obama decided to defend his “Saudi partners” who will mainly suffer from the lawsuits over the 9/11 incident.
If the veto is overrided, Obama’s longstanding rapprochement with the main sponsor of jihadism in the Middle East and in the Central Asia will lead to a dead end. There are no doubts that such a bill will create a rift between the United States and Saudi Arabia ‘foreign policies’.