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Trump's Love Affair With the Saudis


Trump's Love Affair With the Saudis

William Hartung

At this point, it’s no great surprise when Donald Trump walks away from past statements in service to some impulse of the moment. Nowhere, however, has such a shift been more extreme or its potential consequences more dangerous than in his sudden love affair with the Saudi royal family. It could in the end destabilize the Middle East in ways not seen in our lifetimes (which, given the growing chaos in the region, is no small thing to say).


Being a kindred spirit, Trump is in love with every autocrat and tyrant on the face of the earth.


At least Hartung gives a nod to the fact that the Obama administration was in bed with the Saudis. Certainly Trump is a horror. But a Clinton administration would have been thoroughly in bed with the Saudis as well, and with less hesitation than Obama showed.

There is no real alternative coming from anywhere inside the duopoly. There is no “peace party” with any traction at all in US politics. Analysts like Hartung – and US progressives who sincerely seek peace – need to be explicit about these truths.


Will there now be a “Bandar Trump?”


Yep. And it’s time to look again at the Oded Yinon Plan that came out of Israel in 1982, latched onto by US neocons like Richard Perle, Paul Wolfowitz, and William Kristol II & III, and made into US foreign policy when they became the brains of the George W. Bush Presidency in 2001. ‘Google Oded Yinon Plan 1982/US neoconservatives’ … and weep for the world.