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Trump’s Shameless Embrace of the Saudis

Trump has given Mohammed bin Salman and his purges [1] his full endorsement tonight:

Trump’s embrace of the Saudis has been one of the greatest blunders of his presidency to date, and today he has reaffirmed that he has profoundly bad judgment when it comes to this relationship. There is no reason to have confidence in Salman and his son after the last two and a half years, and there is certainly nothing to support the claim that they know what they are doing. The war on Yemen has become a quagmire for the Saudis and their allies and a catastrophe for the people of Yemen. Trump supports it. The campaign against Qatar has been a useless and ill-advised misadventure that is also hurting members of the Saudi-led bloc. Trump has been an enthusiastic cheerleader. The crown prince is carrying out a massive purge that will drive away foreign investment in the short term and destabilize the kingdom. Once again, Trump is only too happy to approve of anything the Saudi government does, no matter how dangerous or despicable it may be.

Considering his claims to represent American nationalists, it is laughable that Trump is one of the most obsequious sycophants of the Saudi government in the world. Nothing could be less populist or less “Jacksonian” than sucking up to a foreign despotic government in this fashion. As a candidate, Trump criticized the Saudis for taking advantage of the U.S., but since taking office he has been eager to curry favor with them no matter the cost. Thanks to their flattery earlier this year in Riyadh and Trump’s own Iran obsession, he has proven to be the easiest mark the Saudis could have hoped to find. The U.S. and the entire region stand to lose a great deal from continuing to indulge one of our worst clients, and Trump will be remembered for his shameless embrace of one of the world’s most awful regimes.

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#1 Comment By CharleyCarp On November 6, 2017 @ 6:35 pm

The President loves dictators, and wishes he could be one. His unhinged following largely wishes so as well.

#2 Comment By a spencer On November 6, 2017 @ 7:17 pm

Fun new game via Angry Arab – try to book a room online in the Ritz Carlton Riyadh. The earliest dates I could find were in December, so maybe that’s good news for the incarcerated princes?

Er, maybe not. For a country that beheads people for “magic”, I wonder if they’ll let Trump have the first whack at Al Walid? (Ugh, all apologies for that…)

#3 Comment By SteveM On November 6, 2017 @ 7:48 pm

Daniel, the Art of the (oily) Deal. We mustn’t forget the 110 BILLION dollar weapons deal Trump greased between the American Merchants of Death and the odious House of Saud.

And OBTW, wasn’t Mattis on the BoD of Death Merchant General Dynamics? I’m sure his GD pals got their words of advice into the E-Ring of the 5-sided Pleasure Palace.

And how many other Beltway rodents with Pentagon pedigrees and Neocon hacks are networked into Saudi money so steering Trump to see it their way?

#4 Comment By a spencer On November 6, 2017 @ 8:12 pm

What is Jared Kushner’s job?

Internet search says “White House Innovations Director”.

#5 Comment By scottinnj On November 6, 2017 @ 8:54 pm

Occum’s Razor:

The Russians and Saudi’s are bribing the Trump/Kushners.

#6 Comment By Stephen J. On November 6, 2017 @ 9:23 pm

The Saudis are “Embraced” by a number of Governments and sell them arms. Therefore I ask the question at link below:
November 6, 2017
Who Will Remember the Victims of Present Day War Criminals?

#7 Comment By Donald ( the left leaning one) On November 6, 2017 @ 9:24 pm

I wish people in the US gave one tenth the attention to the Saudi connection as they give Russiagate. If we end up in a war with Iran, it won’t be because of the Russians.

Of course Trump is not the only person in DC with a weird attachment to the Saudis, which is one reason why the focus is on Russia alone.

#8 Comment By Bungalow Bill On November 7, 2017 @ 6:47 am

“It’s the world’s biggest funder of terrorism. Saudi Arabia funnels our petrodollars, our very own money, to fund the terrorists that seek to destroy our people.” Donald Trump

#9 Comment By Stephen J. On November 7, 2017 @ 9:02 am

Kudos to Daniel Larson for an excellent article.
I believe,Donald Trump has destroyed any credibility he might have had. I believe that old saying holds true for Trump,”You are known by the company you keep”

#10 Comment By rayray On November 7, 2017 @ 11:28 am

@Donald (The left leaning one)
The Saudis are immensely more effective lobbiers than the Russians. The Russians, despite all our nervous posturing about them, are largely awkward in the realm of clandestine and lobbying efforts. It’s been a long time since the finesse of Cold War espionage, and even then…

The only reason the Russian connections worked on the Donald is because he was so desperate for capital. After six bankruptcies and other balderdash literally no one in the US would get near him anymore. That and Donald’s genuine affection for authoritarian daddy figures.

#11 Comment By b. On November 7, 2017 @ 2:26 pm

Let us not forget Obama, Clinton and the ‘crats. Trump and his orchestra of general staffers might be playing the tune, but it is just a cover of the score that Obama wrote, and it is hard to imagine that he, or Clinton, or any of the other member of the ‘stablishment would be any less craven or any less supportive in the courtyard of MbS, the Piccolo Niccolo prince that thinks the book is about him.

What I really want to know, when is Israel going to join this round of “let you and him declare war” ?