Trump made his much anticipated speech to the Islamic Conference…and I have two questions.
One, Who the Hell wrote this speech?
Two, Was this a campaign speech?
First, the speech was not a Middle East reset….it is business as usual since 1943
Second it sounded more like an American campaign speech than one for an international audience.
I can say with some certainty that Mr. Trump delivered a speech and it was subdued and as respectfully as he can be. The one problem is he said he was not there to lecture the region and then set about doing just that.
As for it being a “game changer”….I think not.
IN case you would like to read the speech for yourself……(please do especially if you think you have something to offer)
He gave some big lines as he worked his way around the room…..
President Trump addressed the Muslim world on Sunday, taking a more moderate tone than he did as a presidential candidate, when he declared that “Islam hates us,” reports the New York Times. On Sunday, in his speech in Saudi Arabia to Muslim leaders from around the world, he said that the US is “not here to lecture—we are not here to tell other people how to live, what to do, who to be, or how to worship.” Instead, he added, “we are here to offer partnership—based on shared interests and values—to pursue a better future for us all.” The Washington Post has a transcript. Highlights:
- Trump also made headlines for what he didn’t say, specifically the phrase “radical Islamic terrorism.” Story here. (It will be interesting to see if Trump as much grief as Obama for NOT using the term)
- “A better future is only possible if your nations drive out the terrorists and drive out the extremists. Drive them out. Drive them out of your places of worship. Drive them out of your communities. Drive them out of your holy land, and drive them out of this earth. (See this clip here.)
- “This is not a battle between different faiths, different sects or different civilizations. This is a battle between barbaric criminals who seek to obliterate human life and decent people, all in the name of religion—people that want to protect life and want to protect their religion. This is a battle between good and evil.”
- “The nations of the Middle East cannot wait for American power to crush this enemy for them.” They “will have to decide what kind of future they want for themselves, for their countries and, frankly, for their families and for their children.”
- The US will “make decisions based on real-world outcomes, not inflexible ideology,” and “wherever possible, we will seek gradual reforms, not sudden intervention.”
- He called Islam “one of the world’s great faiths.”
- Trump criticized Iran for spreading “destruction and chaos” throughout the region.
- There is one point he neglected to point out……The Saudis export an extremist interpretation of Islam, Wahhabism, around the globe. Over the past three decades, Saudi Arabia has spent about $4 billion per year on mosques, madrassas, preachers, students, and textbooks to spread Wahhabism and anti-Western sentiment. Let’s not forget that 15 of the 19 fanatical hijackers who carried out the 9/11 attacks were Saudis, as was Osama bin Laden himself.
- The Saudis fund terrorism worldwide. A Wikileaks-revealed 2009 cable quotes then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton saying, “Donors in Saudi Arabia constitute the most significant source of funding to Sunni terrorist groups worldwide … More needs to be done since Saudi Arabia remains a critical financial support base for al-Qaeda, the Taliban, Lashkar e-Tayyiba and other terrorist groups.”
Keep in mind he made a speech last year about fighting terrorism (if you would like to compare the two)…..
All in all it was a good speech…not a great one but adequate and no bonehead slogans or diatribes…..but the speech was written by someone with very little knowledge of the Middle East…..did I expect more? No pretty much what I though it would be……
I am waiting to see if there is any blow back from those half witted supporters…..(of course there won’t be)……he refused to use “radical Islamic terrorism” and a more damnable sin was he bowed to the king of Saudi Arabia….will these get him criticized? (Don’t hold your breath)
“Hypocrites get offended by the truth”
“Hypocrites are those who apply to others the standards that they refuse to accept for themselves”
Need we say more?