Thursday, October 11, 2018

Trump Says Blocking Saudi Arms Sales Would Be "Hurting Us" When Asked About Khashoggi

from Zero Hedge

It's not exactly a shocker, but does still serve to confirm just what interests actually drive American foreign policy - and no it has nothing to do with "sticking up for human rights" or "punishing rogue regimes".

In fact a regime can literally lure a prominent journalist to its embassy, murder him and chop him up into pieces, and then cart the body out of a foreign country — as the fast mounting evidence increasingly confirms in the case of Saudi journalist and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi — and the US may not so much as bat and eyelash.

President Trump told "Fox News Night" on Wednesday that he wants to know what happened to Khashoggi but expressed reluctance when it comes to blocking arms sales to the kingdom.
 "I think that would be hurting us," Trump said.
"We have jobs, we have a lot of things happening in this country. We have a country that's doing probably better economically than it's ever done before."
Ironically this all comes a mere days after on Trump last Sunday said the Saudi king wouldn't last "two weeks" without American support. The statements also come just as a bipartisan group of Congressional leaders are demanding a federal probe into Khashoggi's disappearance and alleged murder that could lead to sanctions on the longtime close US ally...

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  1. Scott: Do you remember the post I wrote in 2016?
    A response to you that ended up being a giant post?

    Yes, Willy Loman, It’s about Blamin’ & Framin’ Turkey & Saudi Arabia

    "None the less there are some interesting aspects about this Hersh obfuscation/demonization. I find the article sets up the parameters for future spin

    Sy Hersh like Joe Biden, planting the seeds in your mind for the next two planned destabilizations- Since Turkey’s destabilization was well under way at the time I wrote “Who controls the Past, Controls the Future” I put more focus on Sy's obvious framing and blaming of Saudi Arabia, while still pointing out the lies concerning Turkey"

    The seeds are being planted.

  2. Hi Penny.

    I do remember that and it was a great article. You can go back all the way to the "28-pages" that are redacted from the 9/11 report as well. There has been a plan in motion to demonize SA for quite sometime. I think in many ways the rise of MbS was, at least in part, SA's way of trying to assuage that momentum.

    Ultimately, in order to achieve Rice's and Lt. Col. Peters' "new Middle East" plan, they are going to have to force Turkey and SA both to offer up territory that they aren't going to want to give up. Perhaps MbS thinks the more power an influence he has through this diversification operation of his, the less likely he will have to bend to the will of the masters of the universe. Perhaps. or perhaps he feels once they chop up the kingdom, they will need to have other revenue stream from outside the country to offset the losses. I don't know.

    But yes, the plan to demonize and perhaps ultimately regime change the regime has long been part of the agenda, in my mind at least.