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Trump and the Noxious U.S.-Saudi Relationship

The Saudis are happy with Trump [1]:

Saudi Arabia hailed a “historical turning point” in U.S.-Saudi relations after a meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman highlighted the two leaders’ shared view that Iran posed a regional security threat.

The U.S.-Saudi relationship is a noxious one [2] for both America and the wider region, so it is unfortunately all too predictable that this is a relationship that the new president is keen to cultivate. Obama indulged the Saudis in most things, especially when it came to providing support for their atrocious war on Yemen, but his support was still perceived to be lacking. When Trump took office, he might have distinguished himself from his predecessor by putting greater distance between the U.S. and the Saudis, but in part because of the Iran obsession that he and his advisers have that was never going to happen. Trump is distinguishing himself from Obama by trying to be even more pathetically “pro-Saudi” than his predecessor was. Instead of disentangling the U.S. from this relationship, Trump is making a point of reaffirming it and sinking the U.S. even deeper into complicity with the Saudi-led coalition’s crimes in Yemen. This is one of the worst things Trump could be doing right now, but because it will be viewed in Washington as “alliance management” it will provoke very little opposition or criticism.

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#1 Comment By Uncle Billy On March 15, 2017 @ 9:47 am

We must do whatever the Saudis tell us, or else… or else what? In this “alliance” the Saudis are the senior partner and we are very much the junior partner.

#2 Comment By peanut On March 15, 2017 @ 11:23 am

Saudi Arabia was always destined to do well with Trump. If nothing else, him and the dynasty share aesthetic sensibilities, and that’s not nothing..

#3 Comment By sherparick On March 15, 2017 @ 12:37 pm

It is more than a shared “aesthetic sensibilities.” Trump Organization owns a resort golf course in Dubai. One just wonders at the membership increase since November 8, 2016. [3]

The Republicans have elected the most corrupt man in America President. He is using his office to enrich himself, his family, and his “friends” by millions of dollars per week. yes, I know, but “her emails.’

See also this article on Trump:

“…Saudi Arabia’s omission from the ban does not seem so irrational when the dots are connected between the Kingdom and Donald Trump’s bank account. While Trump was on the campaign trail, his business ties in Saudi Arabia were blooming with the opening of eight different enterprises. Just after the election, he half-heartedly attempted to avoid conflicts of interest by closing four of the Saudi business endeavors but the status of the other holdings is unknown.

The financial connections extend both ways, with Saudis invested in Trump hotels, including the Saudi purchase of an entire floor of the New York Trump Hotel, channeling at least $5.7 million to Trump’s company since 2001. At a campaign rally in Alabama, Trump professed his affection for the Saudi royalty and their money. “They are buying apartments and properties from me. They spend $40-50 million. I am supposed to hate them? I love them very much.” [4]

So Saudi Arabia, the ground zero Militant Sunni Wahabism and illiberalism around the Islamic world is Trump’s “ally.” What a surprise. As Trump says “If you are nice to me (Trump), I am nice to you.” And are Sociopath President is indifferent if all of Yemen starves. Just as he will be indifferent to U.S. Sailors, Marines, Airmen, and Soldiers who will die in the Iran war he is recklessly heading into.

#4 Comment By Ken Hoop On March 15, 2017 @ 4:56 pm

One hates to be cynical but if Trump does provoke a war with Iran it will be a worse quagmire than Iraq at its worst and the left and others will create perhaps justified havoc at home, because it’s Trump and not Hildebeast or Obama, you see.

Will Bannon express bewilderment or say that’s the kind of chaos he was engineering? At any rate unipolar rule is unlikely to continue in the eventuality.

#5 Comment By Winston On March 16, 2017 @ 1:31 am

@Peanut, You are right share same aesthetic tastes!