The Curious Incident of Prez and Prince

“President Trump’s response to the brutal murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi is a betrayal of long-established American values of respect for human rights and the expectation of trust and honesty in our strategic relationships. He is placing personal relationships and commercial interests above American interests in his desire to continue to do business as usual with the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia.

The Central Intelligence Agency has thoroughly investigated the murder of this innocent journalist and concluded with high confidence that it was directed by the Crown Prince. If there is reason to doubt the findings of the CIA, President Trump should immediately make that evidence public.

President Trump is correct in saying the world is a very dangerous place. His surrender to this state-ordered murder will only make it more so. An innocent man, brutally slain, deserves better, as does the cause of truth and justice and human rights.

In this failure of leadership from President Trump, it now falls to Congress to stand up for America’s true values and lasting interests.” – Washington Post Publisher and CEO Fred Ryan’s response to President Donald Trump’s statement regarding the murder of Jamal Khashoggi

Two days ago, Trump threw the people of the United States of America under the bus.  He plainly and in no uncertain terms stated that human rights take a backseat to profit (his), and that our allies are less important than Trump’s personal enrichment.  The world is watching, waiting to see what, if anything, our Congress will do to stop the madman at the helm from allying this nation with a murderer.

There is no longer a shred of doubt, but that Mohammed bin Salman ordered the execution of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi.  The CIA has verified it, and there are recordings of telephone conversations that can leave little doubt in the minds of any but the most ignorant.  So why, then, is Trump determined to support a murdering tyrant over the objections of almost all?  The simple answer is: $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

In October, Trump made a statement via Twitter, the only medium of communication he knows, saying …

“For the record, I have no financial interests in Saudi Arabia (or Russia, for that matter). Any suggestion that I have is just more FAKE NEWS (of which there is plenty)!”

He lied.  Again.

In the early 1990s, Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal bought Trump’s prized yacht on the cheap from the property developer’s creditors when he was on the cusp of personal bankruptcy. A few years later, one of Trump’s lenders forced him to sell the Plaza Hotel, a New York City landmark also mired in debt, to Alwaleed.  At that time, Trump was trying to dig himself out of $3.4 billion of debt, about $900 million of which he had guaranteed personally (remember how people said he was such a good, shrewd businessman?  I think not.)  When Trump made fun of him on Twitter two years ago, Alwaleed responded by tweeting, “I bailed you out twice; a 3rd time, maybe?”  Interestingly, Alwaleed and a number of other businessmen and political rivals were placed under house arrest late last year, immediately following a visit to Saudi Arabia by none other than Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law.  Coincidence?

The Saudi Arabian government bought the entire 45th floor of the Trump World Tower in 2001.  The Trump International Hotel in Washington has been a favorite venue for Saudi diplomats who have spent lavishly there, as well as at other Trump hotels.  No financial interests???  Do we look that stupid?

And now, when there is no doubt at all that Mohammed bin Salman ordered the hit on U.S. permanent resident and Washington Post journalist Khashoggi, Trump says this …

“It could very well be that the crown prince had knowledge of this tragic event — maybe he did and maybe he didn’t! We may never know all of the facts surrounding the murder of Mr. Jamal Khashoggi. In any case, our relationship is with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”

“OUR” relationship … think about this, folks … he wakes up one morning and while he’s sitting on the potty (12 Big Macs in a day will do that to you) wondering who or what to tweet about today, decides that all 329 million people in the U.S. will rubber-stamp his horrendous decision to stand by a cruel dictator, a murderer.  Allow me to go on record right here and now as saying that Donald Trump does not represent me.  He does not mirror my values and he does not speak on my behalf.  I will continue to re-iterate this statement, I will send it to Trump himself on a daily basis, I will email it to every member of Congress at least once a week, but I will not … I repeat, I will NOT … stand behind such corruption, such a low-life scumbag as Donald Trump who is willing to put human life far behind his own profit.  Oh … one last thing … Mr. Trump – you owe me a plate and a bowl! Mine accidentally broke when I accidentally threw them against the wall.broken dishes.jpgSeriously, though, it is my fondest hope that everyone … Congress, We The People, our allies and other foreign leaders, and most of all, the press … will reveal Trump’s perfidy for what it is … greed, pure and simple.  Call him out!  Show the world that the U.S. is better than this!  Hold his feet to the fire and force him to put the interests of the U.S., humans, and the world, ahead of his own self-interest.  Do it now, for tomorrow may be too late.

28 thoughts on “The Curious Incident of Prez and Prince

  1. Well Jill, I am watching all of these things unfold, ad nauseam, and am wondering if perhaps our attention should not thusly turn to the Vice President, who seems conspicuously inconspicuous in all of this turmoil that has been the Trump presidency so far. If you want to talk real conspiracy, how about this one. Put into place a President so vile and despicable there becomes no choice but to oust him-eventually-but while paying such close attention to him and his antics, his successor goes primarily unnoticed. Until he takes office. Perhaps a side trip into the Pence agenda might be in order as well…

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    • Have you been watching, “V for Vendetta”? Your comment makes much sense to me, although as a general rule vice presidents don’t get much limelight in the US system of government… Pence would indeed be worth watching closely – a dangerous sleeper.

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    • Hmmmm … you pose a good question, and one that I’ve not thought about. It is typical for the veep to stay in the shadows, and we’ve all pretty much written Pence off as a bigoted wuss, but others have posed the notion that if Trump were impeached, Pence might prove to be even worse. The old “devil you know …” idea. You should be writing political thrillers, my friend! Meanwhile, I shall ponder upon your theory … might be onto something.

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  2. An excellent post that tells it like it is. I honestly don’t know how the CIA can stomach this occupier of the White House – or the military, for that matter. I’m appalled by the numbers of people in the US who continue to believe his lies and enable his horrid behaviour. Thankfully, they are still the minority.

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    • Thanks John! I was just talking about that with David and he said much the same as you, that the military has to be getting fed up with Trump and his foolish use of their resources, his lies, and broken promises. I wonder if those who still support him actually do believe his lies, or just don’t care … I sometimes think they support him so avidly just to get the goat of us “bleedin’ heart liberals”. 😉

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  3. ‘ Standard practice ‘ a nice phrase but true enough business has always a duty to consider the standing of its customers , some are far more valuable than others. Business can also defend itself very neatly by pointing out it garners the wealth that makes the county rich and benefits us all. The man at the stock exchange in the pin-stripe suit is far more important than the rough sleeper in London but we must not say so we must maintain the Christian ‘ all men are equal in the sight of God’.
    We have an interesting case in the UK of a young man Matthew Hedges who was sentenced to life for espionage in the UAE. Apparently he was studying the Arab Spring and asking awkward questions. My awkward question is why on earth was he allowed to undertake such a dangerous course of action? Now government is involved at the highest level.
    Sha’Tara keep that non-American blood boiling.

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    • Well, one phrase jumps out … “garners the wealth that makes the county rich and benefits us all” is somewhat a fallacy, for it garners the wealth for a few who then buy back their own stock, place their money in offshore accounts, give their CEOs hefty raises, and … the rest of us stand here, looking askance, saying … “but … what about ‘trickle-down economics”, while the Fat Cats laugh! More and more I am becoming disillusioned with capitalism. On paper, perhaps it is the best of all possible worlds, but in reality? Not so.

      Yes, I read a bit yesterday about Mr. Hedges and the trouble he is in. From what I’ve read, there are a lot of unanswered questions such as your own, and it isn’t looking good.

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      • I understand your disillusionment with capitalism but none the less it has made the west incredibly rich compared to much of the world .
        It’s a discussion we have had before , even the poor in the rich nations are rich in lifestyle. When the poor in our nation’s see the gross abuse of wealth and money they are justifiably appalled and in America at the moment you have a very bad example called Donald Trump but he is just one man who has brought out the worst in Americans.

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        • You are right, of course, but … I think I’d make a better socialist than capitalist, for I find there are more important things than wealth and would much prefer to see our planet taken care of properly, and see a world where nobody has to sleep on the street or go without the basics of food and shelter. Nobody “needs” a million dollars, but everybody needs food, potable water, clean air, medical care and a place to call home.

          It’s true that Trump only brought out the worst in people. My fear is that even once he is gone, it will be hard to get those worst inclinations back into the jar. Sigh.

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  4. Last Sunday, November 18th, The Washington Post wrote about the Trump interview with Chris Wallace that had just aired on Fox News. Trump stated : “We have the tape. I don’t want to hear the tape. No reason for me to hear the tape.” NO reason? Trump refers to the tape as the “suffering tape” and claims to be briefed on the contents. What a spineless excuse for a man and a president. It is no surprise that Trump will defend Prince Mohammed bin Salman in spite of all the proof of his guilt, he never had any intention to do otherwise and that was clear from the beginning. Surprisingly, Lindsey Graham has not sided with Trump this time. Graham has said that their is bipartisan support for “serious sanction” against Saudi Arabia after Khashoggi’s death. What Congress will do, if anything, remains to be seen. “Man’s capacity for justice makes democracy possible; but man’s inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary.” – Reinhold Niebuhr. Thank-you!

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    • If I hadn’t already been convinced that there isn’t so much as a drop of humanity, of compassion or empathy in Donald Trump, his response to this tragedy would have convinced me. I suspect that he hasn’t even much compassion for his own family members … they are merely a means to an end. My best hope is for an end to Trump’s reign of terror to come soon. Yes, every now and again, Lindsey Graham finds his conscience lying about somewhere and gives it a bit of a workout, then tosses it aside again before long. Sigh. What a perfect quote that is!

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  5. Sorry to be the one to bring this bus to a screeching halt but when it comes to violating human rights by the USA Jill, Trump is being very mild. You want to know how much violation of human rights the US is guilty of, let’s see, where to start? 1776? OK, let’s just ask native Americans about that. Then let’s ask… oh take your pick: all of Latin America, particularly Nicaragua, El Salvador, Chile, Cuba, Panama, Venezuela, Columbia. Ask the victims of Reagan’s Contras in Honduras, Nicaragua and El Salvador, particularly.

    You can wander further afield, perhaps. Ask the Vietnamese, Koreans, Filipinos… then have a look at (current and endless violation of human rights, direct or indrect) in Iraq, Libya, Palestine, Afghanistan, Syria, Yemen – oh yes, about Yemen, thanks to the generous support of a criminal US arms supply to Saudi Arabia, the UN “Save the Children” estimates that 85,000 babies and young children have been STARVED TO DEATH there.

    So, if you would talk about USA violation of human rights, there’s plenty to pick from, no need to obsess over a media storm in a teapot over one journalist who threw himself in the machine’s gears in full “knowledge aforethought” of what he was getting into – no one forced him to go there at gun point, he was apparently getting a marriage certificate, for Pete’s sake – hence why I don’t buy the story.

    But this is about violation of human rights by the USA. Let’s, just for one moment of honesty, take off the blinders. It is estimated that since 1945, 20 to 30 MILLION people have been killed by the US military and covert ops machinery in one way or another. Violating human rights of anyone who stands in the way of US imperial goals and corporate profits is standard practice. Trump, in this case, is following firmly in all of his predecessors’ bloody footsteps, and yes, Mr. Barack Obomber, the drone king, is included in my condemnation of US violation of human rights because under his regime the Middle Eastern US led and supported wars increased in scope and intensity. Oh, and don’t forget Hillary Clinton’s bold and laughing claim about the US murder of the legally elected president of Libya, Moammar Gadhafi, leaving Libya in what is called today a “triangle of tragedy.” Her boast? “We came,we saw, he died!” And then what had been a politically stable country plummeted into hell, as is hoped will happen to Syria and of course, Iran. Violation of human rights? America’s crimes are so beyond reason they have become a permanent global dull roar.

    Sorry, but the sort of self-righteousness expressed over the (likely fake) demise of one stupid journalist makes my non-American blood boil. The bases are loaded, you’re down two and all you’re doing is watching the guy who just struck out head for the dugout.

    In the same vein, you can talk about “gun control” until you’re blue in the face, but as long as you maintain your 800 military bases all over the world; your “special forces” doing their killing who knows where, or for whom, and continue to force-feed military equipment and arms sales (or gifts) all over while happily forking out 50% of your government’s revenue to your military and arms makers, your chicken will continue to come home to roost and your own children will continue to die, predictably, in larger numbers and not just from guns, but from preventable diseases and, increasingly, starvation. What goes round, comes round.

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    • So … because there have been other atrocities committed by the U.S., we should simply ignore this one and those that come later? I cannot fight battles that are long since over and done with, but I can fight against the ones still taking place.

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      • I understand the need to go into denial to ward off some of the shock, but unfortunately many of the events I mentioned are very much current. That much talked about group of refugees in Mexico seeking asylum in the US is a direct result of US destabilization of their country. Who currently empowers Israel, Saudi Arabia and who provides much of the logistical support to the war to destroy Syria? Who is pushing NATO to try to start a war with Russia? Who currently mans over 800 military bases around the world and do ask yourself if those bases are just there for window dressing? What is going on in Guantanamo?
        I’ve spent my adult life “following” your nation’s criminal track record throughout Third Word countries in order to make the safe for corporate exploitation. The Kashoggi incident has nothing to do with caring about human rights violations, it has everything to do with trying to make Trump look even worse than he already does. Unfortunately the more Trump looks stupid, the more America does also. “My country, may she be always right, but my country right of wrong!” Nuff said from me, Jill.

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        • I’m not in denial, Sha’Tara. I am as well aware of it all as you are. But, I am one person … and just as I cannot take credit for man landing on the moon, I cannot take the blame for any of the incidents you mention. I’m trying to pick the battles where my words might make a difference. I am old and I am tired, but I’m doing the best I can to wake up those who wear blinders. I’m sorry if it isn’t good enough.

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          • Of course, that is obvious. The point is not that one individual American can change what Americans in general have willfully or blindly allowed their country to degenerate into while claiming they had a democracy, therefore a choice as to which way it would go. The point is, “you” (Americans) have chosen to buy into your elite’s propaganda and allowed them to jack boot your military, special forces and CIA all over the planet to rob other peoples of their resources, their subsistence and their very lives. The point is that “you” are continuing to do so by mostly ignoring how your “capitalism” has maintained and fattened itself through your hegemon’s blatant colonialism. The point I am making, as one individual who has two citizenships yet claims no allegiance to any country, is that it is time for repentance. Not to seek justification but to admit past and current history and dare say, “mea culpa, mea culpa.” If your drive a car and it consistently runs over and kills people, you cannot continue to claim you’re a great driver, your car is totally safe, or its victims were at fault.

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  6. Reblogged this on Scotties Toy Box and commented:
    This is a well thought out honest passionate post with the clearest intention. I agree with it. I admire Jill’s ability to put it so clearly as I devolve into a puddle of gibberish at the antics of tRump and his people. Wrong doesn’t even begin to describe them. Thanks Jill, Hugs

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    • Thank you, Scottie, for the re-blog and the high praise! Just tonight the phrase from Machiavelli’s The Prince came to my mind: “The end justifies the means”, and it chilled me to the bone, for that seems to be the idea under which Trump and his minions operate. What’s a few murders as long as they are “justified” in the end by Trump gaining profit and power? Thanks again, my friend … you did wonders for my self-esteem with your kind words. Hugs!!!

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  7. Disrespectful, disreptutable, dis-human, three Disses for Donnie the Terrible. I’m sure you all can think of more. But the fat lady hasn’t sung yet. In fact, she doesn’t even have a microphone in her hand yet. This is a long way from over, and it gets worse every day. But, Jill, please don’t break anymore dishes. Get some melmac ones that just bounce off the wall. Kitties could get hurt. No one wants that.

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    • I’m done throwing dishes … at least for now. The kitties were all in hiding under the sofa by that point, so were in no danger, and Miss Goose stopped speaking to me, as she is wont to do when I go on a tirade. But DJT ain’t worth it. You are right … the fat lady has yet to step up to the microphone, and once she does … Look out!!!

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  8. Jill, well said. These are not white lies. To tell Americans he has no financial ties to Saudi Arabia is not only a bald faced lie, it is a mocking one. He is telling all of us, but especially his cult-like fans, that you are so low on the totem pole, I can lie to your face.

    Donald Trump threw us and the CIA under the bus. He threw the memory of Khassoggi under the bus. He also is telling every military and intelligence person that what you are fighting for is not ideals, it is money.

    Donald J. Trump occupies the position of President of the United States. Yet, he is no leader. He is in it for himself. It is that simple. If you are a fan – you have been duped. We must ask Congress to hold him accountable.

    Anyone who reads your post and happens to read this comment, I ask that they use your words or borrow from a source that resonates and write their Senators, Senate Leader, Congressperson, Speaker and newspapers and say his actions defame the US. If they are not a citizen, please implore their followers who live here to do so. It is that important. Keith

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    • Thanks Keith! This one in particularly sticks in my craw, for he is willing to write off a human life for … what? His own profit? For a “deal”? Or to support a strong-arm dictator. When we stop caring about human rights, we no longer deserve to be on the main stage of global politics. When we put profit above life, then we are lost. Jamal Khashoggi was ten times … nay, 1,000 times the man Trump will ever be. He deserved better. Yes, we must not let this one fade into oblivion, but must keep holding our members of Congress’ feet to the fire, demanding that they speak up for justice. Thanks again, dear friend.

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