So the "national interests" must be observed. Billions of dollars in profits for Big Business must be considered. Iran, Hezbollah and the Houthis in Yemen must be blamed. And Saudi Arabia must be protected because they lead the fight against global terrorism coming from the Wahhabists and Salafists who come from... Saudi Arabia.
And oh yeah... Israel, Israel, Israel and... Israel.
Thus are the reasons your president gave for not launching a nuclear attack on the kingdom of Saudi Arabia yesterday at the behest of the CIA and their sponsors at Lockheed Martin.
The senators from Lockheed Martin didn't think that was good enough and they sent yet another letter to the president (through the Washington Post of course) demanding we put MORE SANCTIONS on YET ANOTHER NATION on behalf of our glorious NATIONAL INTERESTS.
The way this works out is this: the senators with Lockheed Martin cash floating their retirement plans want the Duke of Orange to deny Saudi Arabia the sale of the rest of the 100 billion dollars worth of merchant of death equipment if they don't make good on the 15 billion dollar purchase promise they made to Lockheed Martin.
That's like the guy at the dealership saying you GOT to take the EXTRA CAMERAS package that you don't want on your new hybrid POS car and if you don't you can just HIT THE BRICKS.
That's some real thug life shit right there from these congress critters. Talk about your organized crime.
The president seems to think otherwise. Apparently he doesn't put much stock in all that "evidence" the CIA came up with and to my knowledge no one released that ridiculous piece of propaganda like they were supposed to yesterday. Liar John Brennan said on Fox "News" that he wants congress to do it. Fat chance of that huh? Need I say "Grizzly Steppe"?
Seems like Trump is more of a Raytheon man or a GD man or a Northrop Grumman man. He's not willing to cut off his nose to spite his face like those folks in congress are... you know, the ones in Lockheed Martin's pockets?
Or perhaps the boy-king president simply understands the Little Prince isn't going to budge on this one and needs to put his foot down so his family and the rest of the country don't see him as weak and vulnerable.
I've never been to the kingdom or met anyone in the royal family but my guess is looking weak isn't a considered a virtue over there.
Maybe Lockheed shouldn't have made THAAD into such a piece of shit system in the first place. I thought we believed in the glorious FREE MARKETS over here? Oh yeah, that's bullshit. I forgot.
Here's Trump's final statement on the matter. After blaming all the victims he could think of (Iran, Hezbollah and Houthis) and praising brutal regimes in the region (Saudi Arabia and Israel for example) he makes with the "who really gives a shit" argument in such a way as to make every American sorry we rebuilt the White House after our friends in London burned it down. I mean really... why did we even bother?
Here you go. This is your president. Don't even think about the Gettysburg Address or something like that. Just ... go with it... sit back and watch the horror of it all. Its free and mildly entertaining.
My favorite part is how he ends almost every paragraph with an exclamation point. That's class right there.
from White House (dot) gov
The world is a very dangerous place!
The country of Iran, as an example, is responsible for a bloody proxy war against Saudi Arabia in Yemen, trying to destabilize Iraq’s fragile attempt at democracy, supporting the terror group Hezbollah in Lebanon, propping up dictator Bashar Assad in Syria (who has killed millions of his own citizens), and much more. Likewise, the Iranians have killed many Americans and other innocent people throughout the Middle East. Iran states openly, and with great force, “Death to America!” and “Death to Israel!” Iran is considered “the world’s leading sponsor of terror.”
On the other hand, Saudi Arabia would gladly withdraw from Yemen if the Iranians would agree to leave. They would immediately provide desperately needed humanitarian assistance. Additionally, Saudi Arabia has agreed to spend billions of dollars in leading the fight against Radical Islamic Terrorism.
After my heavily negotiated trip to Saudi Arabia last year, the Kingdom agreed to spend and invest $450 billion in the United States. This is a record amount of money. It will create hundreds of thousands of jobs, tremendous economic development, and much additional wealth for the United States. Of the $450 billion, $110 billion will be spent on the purchase of military equipment from Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon and many other great U.S. defense contractors. If we foolishly cancel these contracts, Russia and China would be the enormous beneficiaries – and very happy to acquire all of this newfound business. It would be a wonderful gift to them directly from the United States!
The crime against Jamal Khashoggi was a terrible one, and one that our country does not condone. Indeed, we have taken strong action against those already known to have participated in the murder. After great independent research, we now know many details of this horrible crime. We have already sanctioned 17 Saudis known to have been involved in the murder of Mr. Khashoggi, and the disposal of his body.
Representatives of Saudi Arabia say that Jamal Khashoggi was an “enemy of the state” and a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, but my decision is in no way based on that – this is an unacceptable and horrible crime. King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman vigorously deny any knowledge of the planning or execution of the murder of Mr. Khashoggi. Our intelligence agencies continue to assess all information, but it could very well be that the Crown Prince had knowledge of this tragic event – maybe he did and maybe he didn’t!
That being said, we may never know all of the facts surrounding the murder of Mr. Jamal Khashoggi. In any case, our relationship is with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. They have been a great ally in our very important fight against Iran. The United States intends to remain a steadfast partner of Saudi Arabia to ensure the interests of our country, Israel and all other partners in the region. It is our paramount goal to fully eliminate the threat of terrorism throughout the world!
I understand there are members of Congress who, for political or other reasons, would like to go in a different direction – and they are free to do so. I will consider whatever ideas are presented to me, but only if they are consistent with the absolute security and safety of America. After the United States, Saudi Arabia is the largest oil producing nation in the world. They have worked closely with us and have been very responsive to my requests to keeping oil prices at reasonable levels – so important for the world. As President of the United States I intend to ensure that, in a very dangerous world, America is pursuing its national interests and vigorously contesting countries that wish to do us harm.
Very simply it is called America First!