Trump’s “Saudi Arabia First” Policy

Donald Trump likes ‘tough’ talk, and apparently thinks it is becoming to sound like a B-grade actor trying out for the role of one of Don Corleone’s sons in The Godfather.  This could be forgiven or overlooked if he were a teenager still trying to impress girls despite his pimply face and false bravado.  But no, he is 73 years of age, and more importantly, holds the highest office in the government of a nation of 330 million people.  We don’t need a mafioso-sounding idiot running the nation … we need intellect and compassion, neither of which Trump possesses.

“Saudi Arabia oil supply was attacked. There is reason to believe that we know the culprit, are locked and loaded depending on verification, but are waiting to hear from the Kingdom as to who they believe was the cause of this attack, and under what terms we would proceed!”

On Saturday, Trump actually called Crown Prince bin Salman to offer U.S. military support.  Besides the aforementioned Cagney-style speech, there is much wrong with this entire scenario.  The first, and most obvious, is that Saudi Arabia is not a member of NATO and thus we have no obligation to come to their defense.

Second, although the U.S. and Saudi Arabia are strategic allies, Saudi Arabia are by no means our friends.  Remember how Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman ordered the brutal slaying of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi last October?  That was not an act of friendship.

Third, Houthi rebels in Yemen have claimed responsibility for the attacks on the Saudi oil facilities last weekend, and yet, out of his posterior Trump pulls the idea that he thinks Iran is to blame.  The Saudis have also claimed that they believe it was Iranian weapons that attacked, but with no proof whatsoever.  Within hours of the attack, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, despite the fact that Yemen’s Houthis had claimed responsibility, and with not a single shred of evidence, said …

“Iran has now launched an unprecedented attack on the world’s energy supply.”

Fourth, it is not up to Donald Trump, even as president, to start a war all by himself.  It requires an act of Congress.  The U.S. Constitution, Article I, section 8, clauses 11–16 give Congress the authority to declare war.  The framers of the Constitution were reluctant to concentrate too much influence in the hands of too few, and thus denied the office of the President the authority to go to war unilaterally. If America was going to survive as a republic, they reasoned, declarations of war required careful debate in open forums among the public’s representatives.

Under the War Powers Resolution of 1973, the U.S. President can send the Armed Forces into action abroad only by declaration of war by Congress, “statutory authorization,” or in case of “a national emergency created by attack upon the United States, its territories or possessions, or its armed forces.”  It requires the President to notify Congress within 48 hours of committing armed forces to military action and forbids armed forces from remaining for more than 60 days, with a further 30-day withdrawal period.

When Trump won the presidency in 2016, few countries were as happy as Saudi Arabia. The Saudis had felt neglected and dismissed under Trump’s Democratic predecessor, Barack Obama, who had prioritized reaching out to Iran, Saudi Arabia’s regional arch-rival.

They hoped Trump would be friendlier to their interests, and in many ways, he has delivered: signing off on weapons deals, abandoning the Iran nuclear deal and downplaying the Saudi state’s human rights abuses. Trump even made Saudi Arabia the first foreign country he visited, famously posing in front of a glowing orb with Saudi royals during a conference on fighting terrorism.  And then, there was Jamal Khashoggi.  Though U.S. intelligence services confirmed that bin Salman had ordered the killing, Trump said he doesn’t care if the Saudi crown prince played a role because Saudi Arabia is an important ally, one that buys a lot of U.S. weapons and is a key global oil producer.  And if all that isn’t enough, keep in mind that 15 of the 19 hijackers on 11 September 2001 were Saudi nationals.

The implication that the royal family in Riyadh will dictate U.S. actions has many up in arms.

  • “Trump awaits instructions from his Saudi masters. Having our country act as Saudi Arabia’s bitch is not ‘America First.’” – U.S. Representative and presidential candidate, Tulsi Gabbard

  • “Under our Constitution, the power to commence war lies with Congress, not the president and certainly not Saudi Arabia. We don’t take orders from foreign powers.” – U.S. Representative Justin Amash

  • “This administration reneged on the Iran nuclear deal, put in place crippling sanctions and is now openly threatening war. We must hold this President accountable and avoid another wreckless war!” — U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar

And, there is, as there always is where Donald Trump is involved, sheer irony and contradictions run amok.  For example, in 1987, he paid nearly $100,000 for full-page ads in The Washington Post, the New York Times and Boston Globe that spotlighted Saudi Arabia as a country that was taking advantage of the United States’ patronage.

trump-ad-1987.jpgAnd then, there were these …Trump-Iran-Obama-tweets

Secretary of State Pompeo has been biding his time, waiting and hoping for the opportunity to attack Iran for most of his career.  Donald Trump is an ignorant fool.  What could possibly go wrong?  The reality is that the very last thing this country needs is to start a war with Iran.  Anyone who thinks it would be a good idea … go back to bed and wake up when you’ve become an adult.

30 thoughts on “Trump’s “Saudi Arabia First” Policy

  1. Trump’s “Saudi Arabia First” Policy seems to be a direct contradiction to what he had to say during the Obama years. “Saudi Arabia should fight their own wars, which they won’t, or pay us an absolute fortune to protect them and their great wealth-$trillion!” – August 31, 2014 by Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump. One must wonder, which is the real Donald Trump? Or, could it be that he has since found a favored playmate in Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman? Excellent post! Thank-you!

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    • Yep, his story changes from one day to the next, and what is true today may not be tomorrow. I have concluded that he has no concept of international relations and how they work, and he for sure has no understanding of the complexities of the Middle East. And yet … his followers think he is doing a “great job”. He thinks himself a superb negotiator, but the reality is that he is a puppet to Putin, MbS, and Kim. He’s just too darn stupid to realize it. Sigh.

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  2. If this situation doesn’t scare you, then read this. It’s off topic, sorry, but says so much about his base and where that could be leading also. In all cases, we are on a runaway train and the regular decent person can’t do much, if anything about it. His base will kill for him.

    https://www.rawstory.com/2019/09/trumps-supporters-want-chaos-and-destruction-when-their-bad-drug-high-finally-wears-off-it-wont-be-pretty/?utm_source=&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=1471

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    • Off-topic, perhaps, but well worth the read! Thank you for sharing! Yes, I started saying in early 2017 that this was a train headed toward a steep cliff, or the Trumptanic headed for an iceberg. Either way … we are on a collision course and he needs to be taken out … of office or of life, take your pick.

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  4. https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/saudi-coalition-airstrike-kills-dozens-in-yemen-red-cross-to-investigate/2019/09/01/19e376f6-ccab-11e9-9031-519885a08a86_story.html

    The above WaPo story tells that on Sept 2 of this year Saudi Arabia dropped yet another bomb on Yemeni civilians, bringing the total civilian deaths from Saudi military action to over 95,000 over the last 5 years. If this story is real, and I do hope WaPo checks their sources better than Trump checks Pompeo’s rantings, then I am not surprised the Houthi rebels attacked the Saudis where it hurts, in the oil barrels. The latest bombing took out a detention centre holding about 200 Houthi detainees, and their guards.
    Not once have I heard of any Saudi casualties in the midnight drone attack on the Saudi oilfields, though I presume there must have been some. Still, there were no 95,000 Saudi civilians there.
    Who can believe Pompeo/Trump that Iran directed this drone attack, they had no reason to do so. But the Yemeni rebels, who claim they directed the attack, had 95,000 reasons. How did the the Iranis even get pulled into this mess? Only because Pompeo wants to drop a nuclear bomb or two on them, and the Dishonorable Twit just might do it for him.

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    • The story is real, and yes, the Saudis have been killing Yemenis for years now, AND … Trump has encouraged it. In April of this year, Congress voted to end U.S. involvement in Yemen, but Trump vetoed the motion. Tell you anything? And yes, Iran is only accused because Pompeo has wet dreams of wiping Iran off the map. Grrrrrrrrrrrr.

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  5. Yup, same old imperialist playbook… blame the country you wish to attack and take over, mafia style. Sounds totally bogus like WMDs or invade Afghanistan or Iraq for 9-11 even though the pilots were from Saudi Arabia!
    Hopefully the American public are not that stupid as to fall for this hairbrain scheme.
    Not to worry, Russia and China has Iran’s back, and will act as a counterbalance to US aggression if necessary. Earlier this year Putin helped out President Maduro of Venezuela when US was after his head planning regime change and invasion. One call to his puppet Trump and the US backed off. I’m sure Russia the peacekeeper will maintain the balance of power, no WWIII.
    Tulsi you go girl, the only candidate strong enough to tell the truth! Tulsi + Bernie in 2020!!

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    • It has seem fishy to me from the get go….wars are dreamed up and started by men with something to gain and the common populace always is the loser.
      I can just feel what’s down the road and none of it is good…

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      • Mary, it is my understanding that anyone who becomes a politician must check their brain at the door. The cut-throat world of politics ensures that alliances must be formed in order to consolidate and hold on to power. Thus all sort of compromises, lies, deceit, betrayal must commence with the job. It’s about political survival, lust for power, corruption of the soul.
        Trump started out as an anti-war candidate, vowing to pull our troops from the middle east. Now look at what he has become, our political arena brings out the worst in ppl.

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        • As a candidate, Trump said what his advisors told him people wanted to hear. Once in office, he did what he wanted to do. Sadly, there is often a disconnect between the candidate and the officeholder.

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      • More often than not, wars are about money. And, those that start them almost NEVER have sons or daughters who have to fight them on the front lines. If they did, they might actually use their brains instead of allowing the testosterone to rule.

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  6. Jill, global relationships are subtle and complex. They require diligence and diplomacy and nurturing. Walking out of the Iran nuclear agreement against the wishes of the other five parties and Iran as well as our Defense Dept has set the stage for trouble. Yes, it was imperfect, but it kept a lid on things.

    Treating the North Korean leader on even terms has elevated his standing. Talking is good, but Kim has already won the PR battle. Walking out of the Trans Pacific Partnership was unwise as the agreement went forward without us.

    It concerns me that Saudi Arabia has thrown out the red carpet treatment for Trump. They realized two years ago, the way to deal with a narcissist is to market to him. Trump becomes like putty when you do.

    This bombing worries me. The middle east is a powder keg and the US president is a big match. Keith

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    • Yes, all global relations are complex, but none so much as the Middle East, and Trump has zero comprehension of the history or tensions that exist in the area. The Iran nuclear deal was just about as good as it was going to get, and it was working. The EU and even our own intelligence agencies said it was working, leave well enough alone. But noooooo … Trump has to undo anything and everything that has Obama’s name tied to it in any way, shape, or form, so he makes the entire world less stable to feed his own ego.

      MbS, Putin, Kim … all cruel, but all more well-educated and intelligent than Trump. He thinks he is in control, but I believe the reality is that he is their puppet and just hasn’t figured it out yet, for his bloated ego, his megalomania, won’t let him see past the tip of his nose. He is, as you have often said, a clear and present danger … not only to the U.S., but to the entire globe.

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  7. Nothing surprises me anymore.
    If Trump declared war on Canada, I might raise an eyebrow, but anything in the Middle East seems to be fair game for your tin-pot dictator.
    Maybe he’ll get his sharpie pen out and start redefining national country borders to support his outrageous claims. What an almighty ‘tosser!’ 😠

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  8. Ah, Jill, you have done it again. What is it between you and your “beloved” countryman that makes you blather on about his real and potential blunders even prior to becoming the president of the USofA, as well as those since Day One of his Reign of Terror? Why can’t you respect him for what he is, a babbling D’JidioT who talks with his gut and ignores his head advisors whom he fires when they don’t agree with his gut feelings? Who better to lead your nation to the brink of the nuclear annihilation of our world?
    Why, I do think you have a brilliant way of highlighting his stupidities while you “falsely” accuse him of not being the genius he repeatedly tells us he is while never displaying that genius to anyone but his psychophants who want him to go to war. How dare you!
    You should not be ashamed of yourself, but proud, Proud, PROUD I say that you cannot spit upon the ground on which he walks, cuz were you ever to be so close to him you might rake out his eyes with that sharp tongue of yours, and who wants that putrid taste left in their mouth? Surely, not you.

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    • Oh, my dear friend!!! You DO have a way of making me actually laugh! Thank you! And you’re right … I would rake his eyes out and spit my toxic venom onto his ugly mug were I ever that close. And then, I would go to the nearest shower and stand under hot water for hours to rid myself of that horrid poison that he emits. Never in my entire 68 years have I felt such hatred as I feel toward Trump. Oh, and by the way … you’re going to need to re-work some of your names for him, for I have given him a new middle initial … instead of “J”, it is now “F”, and I’m sure I don’t need to tell you what that stands for!

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