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Trump’s Quiet Meeting with Saudi Arabia and Israel Portends a Dangerous Collision Course with Iran

Trump’s Quiet Meeting with Saudi Arabia and Israel Portends a Dangerous Collision Course with Iran

Phyllis Bennis

This article is a joint publication of Foreign Policy In Focus and In These Times.

It was a lot to take in, even in these whipsawed media moments.

In one 24-hour news cycle, President Donald Trump fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, appointed the war and torture-backing CIA chief Mike Pompeo to replace him, and then tapped Gina Haspel—who covered up CIA torture in Thailand—to replace Pompeo.


Secret meetings with Terrorist nations that purchase $100’s of Billions in weaponry to use on their neighbors is not the actions of a Democratic society that values Peaceful Coexistence.


Of all the quagmire wars the US is currently mired in, a war with Iran may be the dumbest.

Because Israel/KSA/USA won’t just be fighting Iran, they’ll also be fighting Hamas/Hezbollah/Syria/Iraqi Shiites and possibly Russia behind the scenes.

And really, do the Saudis even count? They can’t subdue the Houthis in Yemen even with every possible advantage.


Eventually one would hope the other big players in the world game of war would stand up to the US and say “Oh no you don’t. Your start a war in NK or Iran and we will fight against you. Guaranteed.”
Looking for some sense and defense from our traditional enemies…sad.

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Wait a minute! Who is running this country anyway? Are we just going to sit on our spoiled apathetic, affluent asses and let these troglodytes drag us into a war of corporate and oligarch plunder? Not me, I’m doing everything I can short of loading a gun to thwart this draconian agenda. If it comes to it, and I totally despise that it might, I will even consider loading the gun to put this administration in the docks at Nuremberg.

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Bombers, rockets and bombs, drones, missiles may kill people, but they cannot kill ideas. Hopefully, someday these ideas will triumph and the world will reject the warmongers and naysayers of our age.
*Someday, perhaps we will cherish and help our neighbors instead of bombing and starving them for personal gain.


Mind-numbing that ANYONE anywhere would support nuclear war.


A very dangerous triumvirate of evil, dedicated to military and political power, using “religious” extremism and supremacy as a weapon - the few dominating the many.

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