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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Trump in Saudi Arabia: A Course in American Hypocrisy, Greed, and Sycophantism

      For many years, and especially during the 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump spared few words in castigating Islam as a terrorism-inspiring religion, and frequently pointed the finger at Saudi Arabia as the principal supporter of ISIS. One of his first acts as president was to ban the entry into the United States of anyone from six Muslim-majority countries. Today, however, we have to give our heads a shake as we watch Donald Trump give a lengthy speech in the Saudi King's Hall in Riyadh, where he pandered to Muslims and the despotic regime of Saudi Arabia and called upon Muslim leaders to fight terrorism alongside the United States. The Orwellian double-think nature of the exercise is likely to go over the heads of most of the uneducated people of the world, but those with even a modicum of understanding of recent world history are cringing at this latest example of American hypocrisy, greed, and sycophantism.

First, the hypocrisy.  Donald Trump was correct when he stated correctly throughout his campaign that Saudi Arabia is the biggest supporter of radical Islamic terrorism throughout the world, in terms of men, money and arms. Little did he know then, nor does he appear to know now, that the United States works hand-in-hand with the Saudis in this effort, creating and funding entities like ISIS to perform the dirty work of regime-destabilization in targeted nations throughout the CENTCOM and AFRICOM regions. Asking Saudi Arabia to counter terrorism is like asking a fox to guard a henhouse.

The hypocrisy is all the more blatant when we consider the human rights record of Saudi Arabia.  It has the most draconian laws on the planet, performing public beheadings and limb-amputations on a regular basis. It regularly employs torture in its jails. It has more political prisoners than probably any other nation on earth. Women are treated like animals, herded with sticks and banned from driving cars. Saudi Arabia has reduced its neighbour Yemen to stone-age status through horrific and illegal bombing campaigns, with millions of people now dying of starvation of disease while the western world has been silent on this holocaust. And this is the first stop Donald Trump decides to make on his first overseas visit. Americans should be appalled.

We know the motivation behind the hypocrisy:  greed. President Trump's first major action in the country was to sign the biggest arms deal in the history of the world:  a $350 billion weapons package that will make Saudi Arabia the unparalleled military leader of the Islamic world. Trump hailed the deal as providing "jobs, jobs, jobs" for Americans, but who do you think will be on the receiving end of the "death, death, death" that these weapons represent?

Surely, not just the Yemenis who are incapable of defending themselves.  The war of words between Saudi Arabia and Iran have been heating up in recent weeks, with all but declarations of war being hurled back and forth between these bitter enemies who have only the Persian Gulf to separate them. It is no coincidence that Trump arrived in Saudi Arabia the same day Iran held its presidential election, re-electing the anti-Saudi Rouhani in a landslide. An Iranian delegation was suspiciously absent from the 55-nation gathering of Muslim nations for president Trump's visit.

 For all his talk of "cooperation" among Muslim nations to combat terrorism, Trump was sure to take several provocative jabs at Iran, calling them a supporter of terrorism and an enemy of freedom.  This was music to the ears of the Wahabbist Saudis, who are itching to commence a war against their arch-rival and Shiite stalwart Iran.  We can expect Trump to fulfill the 15-year old dictate of Washington's neocons by bombing the sixth nation on General Wesley Clark's famous list - Iran - back to the stone age like the first five, using Saudi Arabia as the proxy war-starter.  We can expect this war within two years, much to the delight of the Israelis, who have a secret agreement with the Saudis to cooperate on matters of "regional security". (That's why these two nations share a suspicious silence towards one another, and even cooperate on covert operations like the carrying out of 9-11 and the funding of ISIS.)

The greed America is exercising goes beyond multi-billion dollar arms sales. The 'petrodollar' system of trading oil for American dollars has been in place since the Trilateral Commission (headed by Rockefeller, Kissinger and Brzezinski) dreamed up the scheme in 1972. This established the American dollar as the world's reserve currency, and has distorted global finance in favour of the United States for 45 years. That Iran, Russia and China are actively engaged in trying to end this global tyranny is the principal reason for their being targetted by the US military-industrial-intelligence complex and painted as arch-enemies.

The global petro-dollar racket has profitted Wall Street and the Big Five oil companies to the tune of trillions of dollars over these 45 years. This is the real reason for the "special relationship" the US has with Saudi Arabia. The tacit agreement is this:  "You ensure the world has to buy your endless supply of oil in our currency, and we will prop up your despotic regime and provide you all the arms you need to destabilize your enemies and make you the strongest despots in the region."

For those who study covert operations with an objective mind, it is no surprise to learn that the biggest supporters of ISIS and Al Qaeda over the past 30 years has been the United States and Saudi Arabia, with a powerful third party in the mix: Pakistan. Together, they carry out the directives of the Deep State and Wall Street / City of London banks, who profit handsomely not only from oil monopolies and arms sales, but also drug running. The $100 billion-per-year opium and heroin trade in Afghanistan is controlled by US, Saudi and Pakistani operatives, and protected by NATO troops. The incredible profits from this death trade line the pockets of all those involved, and the money gets washed through western banks.

 Illegal oil is also a huge source of illicit profits for those who "play the game" of western-backed covert operation ratlines.  ISIS and Al Qaeda have performed a useful function in these machinations, providing the "enemy" in the eyes of the media that justify military presence and control over vital resources while smashing potential enemies of western domination.  What is true in Syria today was also true of Libya a few years ago, Iraq before that, and Afghanistan, and a host of nations that have tried and failed to free themselves from domination by Anglo-American interests.

This is why China's efforts to build true friendships and real infrastructure with its One Belt One Road policy is such a threat to Anglo-American imperialism.  The US WANTS to have the nations that make up CENTCOM mired in war, death and poverty because they are easier to control and exploit that way.
The sycophantism of Donald Trump's speech today in Riyadh is not to be lost on honest observers of world geo-political realities.  The Saudi regime could hardly be more anti-democracy, anti-liberty, anti-human rights, anti-everything moral and decent. But still American presidents - this one and the previous seven - have kissed the ass of this despicable regime yet again.

 That the American presidents will continually stoop down to such low levels and distort history and human progress for such vile ends is a testament to how far we have collapsed as a civilization. We pander to the world's worst despots for cheap oil, for deadly drugs, for political power, for arms deal, for death and destruction. We should be ashamed of ourselves.
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Here are some articles appearing today which concur with this analysis:

Why Is The Trump Administration Rewarding Saudi War Crimes With More Weapons?

Authored by Kristine Beckerle, op-ed via The Hill, May 20, 2017

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-05-20/why-trump-administration-rewarding-saudi-war-crimes-more-weapons

"Trump should be urging the Saudis to shift course by abiding by the laws of war and holding those responsible for past abuses to account. Instead he will effectively be telling them to continue as before and not to worry – the flow of US weapons will not stop. Trump will also be putting Americans at risk."

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Trump: "Terrorists Do Not Worship God, They Worship Death: Drive Them Out Of This Earth"

Authored by Tyler Durden, May 21, 2017

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-05-21/watch-live-donald-trumps-speech-islam-saudi-arabia

President Trump invoked the wrath of God and good versus evil in his Saudi Arabia address, declaring that terrorists "worship death" rather than any religion. The president said if people do not act against this organized terror, then "we know what will happen and what will be the end result." He said peaceful societies will become "engulfed in violence."

"Drive them out; drive them out of this earth" Trump implored his audience discussing terrorists.

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Watch Live: Trump Delivers Major Speech In Saudi Arabia

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-05-21/watch-live-donald-trumps-speech-islam-saudi-arabia

In today's most watched political event, Donald Trump, who earlier this year sought to impose a travel ban targeting mostly-Muslim nations, will deliver a speech on Islamic tolerance and confronting extremism in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia, the world's biggest importer of weapons, biggest exporter of global terrorism, and biggest violator of human rights.

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Trump Inks Largest Arms Deal in U.S. History with Country He Said Funded ISIS

Authored by The_Real_Fly, May 20, 2017

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-05-20/trump-inks-largest-arms-deal-us-history-country-he-said-funded-isis

There was a lot of pomp and circumstance upon Trump's arrival in Saudi Arabia. It's important to note, after 8 years of Iranian friendly Obama, the Saudis have strong motives to curry the favor of the new American President.

The visit to Saudi Arabia is historic. It marks the first time in American history a President had chosen to make Saudi Arabia his first international visit. Upon landing in the oil rich gulf state, the President signed a massive arms deal -- which could swell to more than $350b over the next decade. The deal includes blackhawk helicopters, a modified version of the Freedom-variant Littoral Combat Ship, thousands of precision guided weaponry, cargo helicopters, transport helicopters, 115 M1A2s tanks, anti-ballistic missile systems (THAAD), and 'maritime assets.'

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