Nobody Asked Me But………….
It is instructive how well Conservative tweeting pundits know their President:
Last words from @POTUS before deplaning Air Force One: “I catch one American bowing here and you’re on the next Saudia flight home”…
— Steve Cortes (@CortesSteve) May 20, 2017
— Steve Hirsch (@Stevenwhirsch99) May 20, 2017
Perhaps this picture illustrates how far off the Republican pundits were and how far the U.S. has fallen as a world power:
Doesn’t Paul Krugman’s NY Times Column explain why our Impeachment Hopes might be in vain?:
The G.O.P., by contrast, is one branch of a monolithic structure, movement conservatism, with a rigid ideology — tax cuts for the rich above all else. Other branches of the structure include a captive media that parrots the party line every step of the way. Compare the coverage of recent political developments on Fox News with almost everywhere else; we’re talking North Korea levels of alternative reality.
And this monolithic structure — lavishly supported by a small number of very, very wealthy families — rewards, indeed insists on, absolute fealty. Furthermore, the structure has been in place for a long time: It has been 36 years since Reagan was elected, 22 years since the Gingrich takeover of Congress. What this means is that nearly all Republicans in today’s Congress are apparatchiks, political creatures with no higher principle beyond party loyalty.”
Is setting up a $100 Billion Arms Deal with the Saudis really contributing to peace in the Middle East?:
“Over the weekend, Jared Kushner was credited with negotiating a $110 billion arms deal to the Saudis, the largest arms deal in U.S. history:
The deal was finalized in part thanks to the direct involvement of Jared Kushner, the President’s son-in-law and senior adviser. He shocked a high-level Saudi delegation earlier this month when he personally called Lockheed Martin CEO Marillyn Hewson and asked if she would cut the price of a sophisticated missile detection system, according to a source with knowledge of the call. Pressured to finalize a massive $100-plus billion arms deal in the two weeks leading up to Trump’s trip to Saudi Arabia, Kushner hoped to maneuver a discount on Lockheed’s Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system during the Saudis’ visit to the White House on May 1 — a request that Hewson said she would look into at the time.”
Isn’t it a tad too coincidental that this is happening at the same time as the arms deal?:
“Coincidentally, the Saudis have also agreed to donate a whopping $100 million to the recently announced women’s fund inspired by Jared Kushner’s wife, Ivanka Trump:
The World Bank plans to announce Sunday at an event with Ivanka Trump, the U.S. president’s daughter and senior White House adviser, that Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates have pledged $100 million collectively toward a fund for women who own or want to start businesses, according to people familiar with the announcement.”
Wasn’t Trump talking a different tune when he debated Hilary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation was asked about?:
“Donald Trump called the Clinton Foundation “a criminal enterprise” during Wednesday’s debate.
When Chris Wallace asked Clinton about reports of conflicts of interest at the foundation, she responded, “I’m thrilled to talk about the Clinton Foundation because it is a world renowned charity and I’m so proud of the work that it does.”
Trump shot in that it’s a “criminal enterprise.”
“Saudi Arabia given $25 million, Qatar, all of these countries. You talk about women and women’s rights? These are people that push gays off business, off buildings. These are people that kill women and treat women horribly and yet you take their money,” Trump said. “So I’d like to ask you right now why don’t you give back the money that you’ve taken from certain countries that treat certain groups of people so horribly?”
Isn’t linking Saudi Arabia and a fund for women entrepreneurs sort of oxy-moronic given the state of Women’s Rights in the Saudi Kingdom?
Why does Saudi Arabia spends about the same as Russia for its military?
How is it that the country most responsible for the terrorists of 9/11 is held in such esteem by America’s Foreign Policy establishment?
Given Saudi Arabia’s governmental structure and history it isn’t surprising that America’s support for this Kingdom undermines the idea that our country spreads democracy in the world?
The Saudis are NOT our friends as the linked post explains.