It feels as though a blanket of calm has been spread over the country with Trump and his Russian-connected cabal out of the daily mix.
The President of the United States has taken his overseas road show to Saudi Arabia, where his first act was taking part in a sword dance, with our President standing in a line of Saudis, clad in their traditional robes and headgear, all waving swords in the air. Very dignified. When the Saudis come to visit the U.S., maybe Trump can stage a western gunfight with everybody clad in styles from the old west and shooting blanks at one another with six-guns. Silly as it might be, we’ll still be a century or so ahead of the Saudis backward civilization.
While it’s doubtful the Arabs will be kind enough to keep him, one wonders at the damage he may be doing, signing agreements like a customs agent stamping out passports. One wonders to what degree he might be selling us out.
CBS reports the arms deal with the Saudis is worth “$110-billion effective immediately and as much as $350 billion over ten years.”
There are those who fear DJT has already been purchased by the Russians, and now he’s accepting 40-billion from the Arabs to re-build America’s infrastructure and in what looks like a “sweetner” to the deal, another 100-million from the Saudis and the UAE, for a fund for women entrepreneurs in the Middle East, proposed by Ivanka Trump. Women entrepreneurs in Saudi Arabia? Really?
Remember when the twin towers came crashing down? Remember what may have been Rudy Giuliani’s finest moment as Mayor of New York (perhaps the finest moment of his life), when he told the Saudis to go to hell after they offered him 100-million in blood money just days after the attack?
One wonders what’s really going on with the Saudis, what the long-term impact will be after they set up production lines for weapons of war with America’s help. One wonders whether this has been thought through. One wonders if the Saudi blood money for 9-11 has finally been accepted and whether this new agreement to help the Arabs build their own weaponry could be the final nail in the coffin of any hope of establishing a relationship with Iran that can lead to peace rather than war.
One wonders as to the degree to which the Saudis, who face serious internal conflict, will be willing to take a lead in the fight against ISIS and terrorism in general, shutting down their madrassas and cutting the flow of private Saudi money to ISIS. One wonders if that’s even possible considering the scope of this centuries old Sunni-Shia conflict. One wonders if Donald Trump fully understands any of this, or if he’s under the impression that this is just another development deal. Just another casino.
Oh wait, the American president is now speaking about “conquering extremism.” He’s telling this to the Saudis who practice beheadings as an integral part of their Islamic justice system? He’s preaching the evils of “inflexible idiology” to the Saudis, who prohibit women from driving cars, participating in sports or “showing off their beauty?” A country where women are stoned to death for adultry? Does he know where he is and who he is talking to, an auditorium with only three women visible in the audience and all three are Americans, including his wife and daughter?
Perhaps Trump will cut a groundbreaking deal marking a turn in the war on terrorism, or maybe we’d have been better off had he stayed in the U.S.