Saudis Love Americans!

Closing thought–12Dec19

That is the BS that our president is passing off as fact after the deadly shooting by a Saudi national at a Navy Base in Pensacola…..contrary to popular belief…..

First of all when did the president of the United States and the SecState become the PR people for the KSA?

Next…do the Saudis truly love us Americans?

When I visited KSA back in the 1980’s when I worked for the government I did not feel this love that Trump seems to think exists…..and I am not alone…..

Soon after the shooting of American citizens at the Pensacola Naval Air Station last Friday (December 6) by a Saudi national who was in the US for flight training, President Trump, speaking from the White House, read a statement from Saudi Arabia’s King Salman. President Trump let us know “the Saudi people are greatly angered by the barbaric actions of the shooter.” He then reassured us, “this person [the perpetrator] in no way shape or form represents the feelings of the Saudi people who love the American people.”

As an American who has lived and worked in Saudi Arabia and other countries in the Middle East on a full-time basis for over ten years, I was astonished by this obviously untruthful and deceiving statement that President Trump was parroting on behalf of Saudi Arabia. Lest we forget, 15 of the 19 hijackers who committed the 9/11 terror attacks – and their leader Osama bin Laden – were Saudi nationals. Moreover, anti-American Saudi nationals killed twenty US soldiers and injured 500 more in a car bombing attack on Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia in June 1996. I guess the Saudi nationals who perpetrated these attacks (among others I could cite) also were “in no way, shape or form [representative] of the feelings of the Saudi people” and thus these attacks also should be excused.

Do Saudi Arabs Really Love Americans?

How true is this today?

Well let the king and his lackeys go before the American people and make their apologies….and the president and SecState needs to STOP acting as the PR firm for the barbarous royals of KSA.

P.S.  If you are into conspiracy theories then this report may be of interest about the shooter and the Saudis……

Saudi Military Base Shooter and the Unexplained 9/11 Connection

Finally the Pentagon has decided to act in a way that is good and right….we will see how long the President allows this halt in training lasts…

The Pentagon on Tuesday ordered a broad review of vetting procedures for international students who participate in training on US military installations and demanded the process be strengthened, in direct reaction to last week’s deadly shooting at a Pensacola Navy base by a Saudi aviation student. The memo signed by Deputy Defense Secretary David Norquist also suspends flight and other operational training for all Saudi Arabian students in US military programs, the AP reports. It follows a decision by the US Navy to halt flight training for more than 300 Saudi Arabian students at the Pensacola Naval Air Station and two other bases in Florida. The FBI confirmed Tuesday that the 21-year-old Saudi Air Force officer who killed three US sailors and injured eight other people at the Pensacola base on Friday legally bought the 9mm Glock pistol he used. Investigators are digging into whether 2nd Lt. Mohammed Alshamrani acted alone, amid reports he hosted a party earlier last week where he and others watched videos of mass shootings.

The incident has raised questions about how well international military students are screened before they attend training at American bases. Norquist’s memo says the review of the vetting must be completed in 10 days, and the flight restrictions will continue throughout the review and until they are lifted by senior leaders. US officials said the flight restrictions were not triggered because there are indications of any broader problems or conspiracy fears related to Saudi students or the shooting. They said it was more because the shooting suggested some possible vetting problems associated with Saudi Arabia that will be reviewed. Norquist said the US is working closely with Saudi officials in the response to the shooting. The Pentagon has said that about 850 Saudi students are currently in US military training programs. US officials told reporters on Tuesday that they aren’t sure how many of those would see some type of flight or other restriction, but many will.

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As The Saudis Quiver And Quake

The powers of the M-IC have made it clear that the narrative that the Iranians will attack Saudi Arabia and the kingdom is shivering in their boots . And what do they do when they are afraid?

They turn to the US for protection.

Top CentCom general is the lead voice on this fear….

Months upon months of US military buildups in the Middle East, all around Iran, combined with near-constant threats to attack Iran outright have sure been raising regional tensions, but according to US Centcom commander Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, it is not believed to be deterring Iran.

To be clear, deterrence in this case means reducing the US-perceived “threat” posed by Iran, and with US officials, particularly military officials, constantly seeing Iran’s threat increasing, this should not be a surprising turn of events. As ever, expensive deployments against a US regional rival are being seen by military officials as justification for more deployments going forward.

(antiwar.com)

This probably assured this general a job for his help when he retires.

So Trump is facing a dilemma of protecting his “good friend” and fellow authoritarian or to hold to a promise of ending these wars…..looks like he is leaning to the former.

According to Pentagon officials, the US has begun negotiations with Saudi Arabia on the question of cost-sharing for the ever-growing US military presence in the Saudi kingdom. Talks began with the arrival of US radar and air defense systems.

Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley met with the Saudi crown prince this week and brought up this matter. Milley was presenting the US presence as aimed squarely at Iran, and deterring Iran from attacking the Saudis.

Gen. Milley also intended to give the impression that this was not a short-term mission, either, saying the US wants to maintain this presence in the region as part of America’s overall regional footprint.

The US commitment of thousands of troops, warplanes and missiles into Saudi Arabia is potentially an expensive proposition, and the administration has been keen in those cases to push for the host country to help defray the costs. It is not clear how much the presence is costing the US so far, and it is unclear how much the US is seeking from the Saudis.

All of this talk of long-term presence and cost-sharing is also likely to portend yet more US deployments into Saudi Arabia, as the administration continues to talk up Iranian “threats” and the need for a US presence in the area.

(antiwar.com)

I have a couple of questions.

Will we or won’t we send my troops to KSA?

Further evidence of some sort of planned increase came during Congressional testimony Thursday by Undersecretary of Defense for Policy John Rood, whose answer to a question about a proposed troop increase was equivocal, leaving open the possibility of “dynamic adjustments to our posture” to deter Iran.

“We are evaluating the threat situation, and the secretary, if he chooses to, can make decisions to deploy additional forces based on what he’s observing there,” Rood said. “Based on what we’re seeing with our concerns with the threat picture, it is possible we would need to adjust our force posture.”

So 14,000 Troops to the Middle East a Myth? Not So Fast

A word game…..

The Saudis spend billions upon billions on weaponry from the US why do they need the US to “protect” them from anybody.  Are they that inept?  Then what is the money spent really going for?

Second question ….when did the US military become a mercenary force?  A force paid by a foreign government?

Both of these question should be answered…..the American people need to know just what our interests in protecting the Saudis from local “bad boys”….who are we really protecting?  And why are we protecting them?

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Closing Thought–09Dec19

Just last week another shooting …well 3 shootings…but the one that I write about is the one in Florida where a Saudi national went on a shooting spree…..

President Trump said he received a phone call Friday from King Salman offering condolences after the shootings at a Florida naval base, apparently by a Saudi aviation student. “The King said that the Saudi people are greatly angered by the barbaric actions of the shooter,” the president tweeted, “and that this person in no way shape or form represents the feelings of the Saudi people who love the American people.” Three people were killed and at least eight wounded. The shooting suspect also was killed. “It’s a horrible thing that took place, and we’re getting to the bottom of it,” Trump told reporters, USA Today reports.

“Obviously, the government of Saudi Arabia needs to make things better for these victims,” Gov. Ron DeSantis said earlier Friday. “They’re going to owe a debt here.” Trump would not say whether officials thought the attack might be an act of terrorism, but Rep. Matt Gaetz, whose district includes the base, tweeted: “This was not a murder. This was an act of terrorism.” He posted a video in which he said the attack demonstrated a “serious failure in the vetting process” for people who come from other countries to train at the Pensacola base, per Politico.

Sorry the King needs to go on American news and apologize to the American people and not depend on Trump to convey their feelings.

Then there is the idiot Gaetz who calls it terrorism……..but let some white boy do this same thing and it is a mentally challenged person.

Blatant idiocy!

Did anyone see the movie Syriana”?

I throw into the post because in the film Matt Damon’s son is killed while attending a party at a “Saudi” national……and to smooth things the prince gives Damon a million dollars as compensation for the death.

Sound familiar?

Our favorite royal butchers the Saudis want to compnensate the families of the Pensacola shootings….

Top US defense and military officials on Saturday reaffirmed America’s continued commitment to and relationship with Saudi Arabia after a Saudi Air Force student’s deadly attack at a Navy base in Florida, the AP reports. Defense Secretary Mark Esper and others attending a security conference in California played down any initial impact on US-Saudi ties. President Donald Trump described a conciliatory conversation with the Saudi king. But the shooting also is testing the allies’ ties just months after the Trump administration delivered substantial military aid to Saudi Arabia to counter threats from Iran. “I spoke with the king of Saudi Arabia. They are devastated in Saudi Arabia,” Trump told reporters Saturday as he left the White House on a trip to Florida.

He said the king “will be involved in taking care of families and loved ones. He feels very strongly.” Asked about any potential effect on military relations, Esper said Friday that “we have strong military-to-military ties” that are unlikely to change. When Gen. David Berger, commandant of the Marine Corps, was asked whether the shooting gave him reservations about sending Marines to Saudi Arabia, he said no. Saudi leaders were quick to make calls to American officials, expressing condolences and outrage over the killings. The shooting raised uneasy parallels to the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, when many of the al-Qaeda-linked hijackers who flew planes into the World Trade Center, Pentagon, and Pennsylvania countryside were Saudi citizens who had flight training in the US.

I ask again…Sound familiar?

Cut it any way you like….call it whatever you like….IT IS HUSH MONEY!

They will buy silence and the shutdown of any negative PR…all it takes is to pay off the victims families…they did it with the Khasoggi family…we will probably NEVER know the outcome for I smell a NDA…I am confident that Rudi can work that out.

Conservative Washington Post columnist Max Boot blasted President Donald Trump for essentially becoming a “press secretary” for the Saudi Arabian government in wake of the Pensacola, Florida mass shooting.

In his column Sunday, Boot noted that the typical mass shooting sentiments like “thoughts and prayers” were absent Friday when Trump discovered that the shooting was done by a Muslim.

“It turns out that Trump actually has a triple standard, because he treats attacks by Saudis differently than those from other Muslim nations,” Boot observed. “On Friday, a Saudi air force officer studying at the Naval Air Station Pensacola shot dead three Americans and wounded eight others. Instead of expressing outrage or vowing vengeance, or even waiting for all the facts to come in, Trump sounded as if he were auditioning for the job of press secretary at the Saudi Embassy.”

https://www.rawstory.com/2019/12/trump-busted-for-acting-like-the-saudis-press-secretary-after-florida-naval-yard-shooting/

Now I want to know why the president is apologizing for the Saudis and why Trump announcing the cash pay outs?

Is he that deep in the Saudi pocket to do their bidding for them?

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Is Saudi Arabia Broke?

I ask this question because of a report that I read last week……I seems that the oil arm of the Saudi royal family, ARAMCO, is about to offer an IPO on the stock exchange……

Saudi Arabia began an initial public offering Sunday of a sliver of oil giant Saudi Aramco after years of delay, hoping international and local investors will pay billions for a stake in the kingdom’s crown jewels, reports the AP. An approval by Saudi Arabia’s Capital Market Authority served as the starting gun for an IPO promised by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman since 2016. But unlike traditional IPOs, Saudi Aramco offered no hoped-for price range nor idea how much of the firm would be offered on Riyadh’s Tadawul stock exchange. Analysts say the kingdom likely hopes local investors will push share prices toward a desired $2 trillion valuation and buoy that price ahead of any further listing abroad. Saudi Aramco made a point in its filings to highlight its profitability and low costs through data once held as a state secret by the royal family, euphemistically referred to as its “current shareholder.”

However, economic worries, the trade war between China and the US, and increased US crude oil production have depressed energy prices. A Sept. 14 attack on Saudi Aramco spooked some investors, with one ratings firm already downgrading it. It’s hard to overstate Saudi Aramco’s power: It produces over 10 million barrels of crude oil a day, some 10% of global demand. The firm’s net income in 2018 was $111.1 billion, far beyond the combined net income of oil giants BP, Chevron, Exxon Mobil, Royal Dutch Shell, and Total SA. Al-Arabiya reported last week that pricing for the stock will begin Nov. 17. A final price will be set Dec. 4, with shares beginning to be traded on the Tadawul on Dec. 11. Analysts say a $2 trillion valuation—Apple and Microsoft are $1 trillion each—may be a stretch. By announcing the start of the IPO on Sunday, Prince Mohammed may have been convinced to take a lower valuation in order to get the IPO moving.

Why would the Royals who own the oil in Saudi want to submit to the regulations of a stock exchange?

Then maybe Gen. Petraeus has the answer……

Gen. David Petraeus, the retired four-star Army general and former head of the CIA, told CNBC on Thursday that Saudi Arabia is “gradually running out of money.”

Petraeus said the Saudi’s need their initial public offering (IPO) of the state-run oil company Aramco, to be successful. In December, the Saudis plan on releasing some shares of Aramco to the public in an effort to attract outside investors.

The IPO is part of Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman’s “Vision 2030,” his effort to diversify Saudi Arabia’s economy and reduce its dependence on oil exports. Petraeus said Saudi Arabia’s budget deficits can be “anywhere from $40 to $60 billion” each year, depending on the price of oil.

When asked about other people’s criticisms of the crown prince, Petraeus said it was in the entire world’s interest to see “Saudi Arabia succeed” and to also see it “moderate” some of its practices.

(antiwar.com)

Petraeus is currently the chair of the KKR Global Institute, a branch of the American global investment firm KKR. Petraeus said there is no KKR investment into Saudi Arabia he is aware of yet, and that the Saudis need to “regain the confidence of all the investors of the world.” But Petraeus did say KKR has invested elsewhere in the region and put $2 billion into the United Arab Emirates’ Abu Dhabi National Oil Company.

Why is Saudi running out of cash?

Why would the Royals allow someone to gain control over their production?

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Tulsi And The Saudis

First I want to remind everyone reading this that the majority, 15 of 19, of the terrorists that attacked on 9/11 were Saudis…..

Moving on…..

My candidate in the 2020 Dem race for the nomination is Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has made the news by attacking the Saudis position on 9/11…..

Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard joined relatives of Sept. 11 victims on Tuesday in demanding that the federal government release the findings of its investigation into the Saudi government’s role in the Sept. 11 attacks.

“We are 18 years removed from this terrible crime, and the victims of this crime, the families who are here today, the American people deserve all of the evidence to fully come to light,” the Hawaii congresswoman said in New York City. She said the victims’ families “want the truth, and they deserve the truth.”

Plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit seeking the release of documents that they believe link the attackers to Saudi government officials joined Gabbard at a museum near the former site of the twin towers.

“Our government should not be invoking secrecy to keep its own mistakes hidden from the American people and should certainly not be used to protect the Saudis from embarrassment or, worse yet, accountability,” said Terry Strada, a Sept. 11 widow and the chairwoman of 9/11 Families and Survivors United for Justice Against Terrorism. “Until there is an accounting, we will never go away.”

The Saudi government has repeatedly denied involvement in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, though 15 of the 19 hijackers were Saudis.

Gabbard said she would reintroduce House Resolution 663 from 2017, which would demand that documents related to Sept. 11 be declassified “to the greatest extent possible so as to provide answers to survivors, the families of the victims, and the people of the United States.”

She said she was seeking “not a highly redacted version of this information that makes no sense but a declassified version that actually speaks the truth of what led to the attack on 9/11.”

(Yahoo News)

I am with Tulsi on this one….we, the American people, need to read the full u redacted report on the attacks.

More on Tulsi vs the Saudis………

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) called for the end of U.S. assistance to Saudi Arabia while speaking at a 9/11 tribute museum in New York City on Tuesday.

“We should not be selling them our weapons. We should not be aiding or providing them with any kind of support so long as they continue with the kind of actions that I’ve just spoken about,” she said of Saudi Arabia.

The Democratic presidential candidate slammed Saudi Arabia for the death of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi in its consulate in Istanbul last year as well as for its role in the conflict in Yemen.

https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/467978-rep-tulsi-gabbard-demands-an-end-to-us-aid-to-saudi-arabia

For all those that think there is something hinkey between the Saudis and the attacks…then you should be in Tulsi’s corner…..

Tulsi has her critics in the MSM and any time I see someone come out and defend her like I try to do…I feel their words need exposure….

At times it’s been a decidedly lonely journey, particularly in the many years I remained on active duty while actively dissenting. I was, and remain, struck by how few of my fellow soldiers, officers and recent post-9/11 veterans felt as I did—strongly enough, at least, to publicly decry U.S. militarism. Then I discovered Tulsi Gabbard, an obscure young congresswoman from Hawaii who, coincidentally, serves in the Army and is herself a veteran of the war in Iraq. In the current climate of Gabbard-bashing, where even sites like Truthdig offer measured criticism, it’s hard to convey the profound sense of relief I felt that someone as outspokenly anti-war as Gabbard even existed way back in 2016. She said things I only dared think back then; and as I did, she backed Bernie Sanders—a risky endeavor that likely doomed her to the recent slanderous accusations of treason by Hillary Clinton. That’s called courage.

In Defense of Tulsi Gabbard

I say join with Tulsi and demand to make the report known……if there is nothing in it then release it and let the American people see the real story.

So far the rest of the Dem field is too busy trying to perform for the closest camera to worry about this situation.

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What About The Saudi-Iranian Mash Up?

Whatever happen to the brewing war in the Persian Gulf?

A week begins and this situation is a distant memory.

Just last month we were on the brink of an all out war (we seem to always be on the brink these days) with Iran over the Persian Gulf incidents…..and attack on a Saudi refinery and one on ma Saudi ship….

Saudi Arabia said on Monday that two of its oil tankers were among those attacked off the coast of the United Arab Emirates and described it as an attempt to undermine the security of crude supplies amid tensions between the United States and Iran.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-saudi-oil-tankers-fujairah/saudi-oil-tankers-among-those-attacked-off-uae-amid-iran-tensions-idUSKCN1SJ088

With the situation between the Saudis and the Iranians it is always a tit for tat……and so it was recently…an Iranian tanker has been attacked…..

Two missiles struck an Iranian tanker traveling through the Red Sea off the coast of Saudi Arabia Friday, Iranian officials said, the latest incident in the region amid months of heightened tensions between Tehran and the US. Saudi officials didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment, per the AP. The state-run IRNA news agency, quoting Iran’s National Iranian Tanker Co., identified the stricken vessel as the Sabiti. Iranian state TV said the explosion damaged two storerooms aboard the oil tanker and caused an oil leak into the Red Sea near Jiddah. The leak was later stopped, per IRNA. “This latest incident, if confirmed to be an act of aggression, is highly likely to be part of the wider narrative of deteriorating relations between [the Saudis] and the US and Iran,” private maritime security firm Dryad Maritime warned.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi described the incident as an “attack” carried out by those committing “dangerous adventurism.” In a statement, Mousavi said the Sabiti was struck twice in the span of a half-hour and that an investigation was underway. “The oil tanker … sustained damages to the body when it was hit by missiles,” IRNA said. The agency didn’t say whom Iranian officials suspect of launching the missiles. Images released by Iran’s Petroleum Ministry appeared to show no visible damage to the Sabiti visible from its bridge, though they didn’t show the ship’s sides. A spokesman for the US Navy’s 5th Fleet overseeing the Mideast said authorities there were “aware of reports of this incident,” but he declined to comment further.

Tit For Tat!

The president and his troubles with the legal stuff has overshadowed a news report that should have been a headline……Iran and Saudis hold talks….

the Saudis appear to be resigned to the fact that they just aren’t starting that war. Their fallback plan, it seems, is to now try to get some indirect negotiations going with Iran to reduce tensions, after spending years bringing those tensions to a boiling point.

Exactly how this process got going is unclear, put Iraqi and Pakistani officials say they were brought into the matter by the Saudi Crown Prince, and both are now intending to serve as mediators for the indirect talks.

Iran is on board for the effort, but Saudi officials, despite being reported to have started the whole thing, are now saying they’re considering the idea, but want to make sure everyone thinks Iraq and Pakistan are acting unilaterally, and they never approached anyone.

An official Saudi statement also insists that since the escalation was all the fault of Iran, they need to begin de-escalation, and that it’s not up to the Saudis to do that. This is in keeping with the Saudis’ stance of trying to provoke every action in the Middle East, but also keep up a narrative where they didn’t actually do anything, and just react to everything that happens.

And while the Saudis usually turn to the US to drive whatever policy they want, it is noteworthy that the US seems uninvolved in this peace process. It seems even the Saudis are well aware that the US isn’t a nation to try to use to make peace.

(antiwar.com)

This should have been a lead story since if these talks are successful then the war drums would be silenced and the the humanitarian crisis and war in Yemen could be negotiated to a halt.

This should have been the story of the week.

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Saudi Money Well Spent

The Royals of Saudi Arabia spends record amounts of cash every year buying the best equipment the US has to offer…..plus their troops are sent to the US for advanced training or we send our troops to train the soldier of KSA….in other words they get the best the US has to offer in equipment and/or training.

If that is a true statement then how can we explain this kturn of events?

A 72 hour military operation in southern Najran Province of Saudi Arabia was carried out by Yemen’s Houthi movement with very little media coverage. Starting on early Thursday, a major operation raged, and by early Saturday the Houthis reported a major victory.

Three entire Saudi brigades in Najran were effectively wiped out. The reports suggest between 200 and 500 Saudi soldiers were killed, and thousands more captured. Saudi arms and armored vehicles were also taken in the fighting.

Offensives against the Saudis are rare, and usually much smaller. On Sunday, the Houthis released video footage related to the operation. They described the operation as involving a number of ambushes set up around the area, and luring the brigades into a trap.

The Houthis are bragging about this, and unsurprisingly so as this is a military victory like they haven’t seen in quite some time. The Saudis, interestingly, have not made any comments at all about the fight.

The lack of comments from the Saudis speaks volumes, however, as they aren’t even trying to spin this at all. US officials quoted Saturday tried to present the loss as a sign of desperation by the Houthis, an attempt to push advancing Saudis away from the border.

Perhaps the most interesting fact that hasn’t been addressed is that this fight was going on since at least early Thursday, so when the Saudis announced they were joining a partial ceasefire on Friday (of which Najran was not a part), they did so in the middle of this huge battle.

(antiwar.com)

I guess the Saudis need a protector after all.

This lack of military success by the Saudis could explain their statement about Iran…..

In his interview with 60 Minutes, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman tried to do some damage control on the assassination of Jamal Khashoggi, and the ongoing war in Yemen. The focus ultimately was brought back to the Saudis’ favorite topic, Iran.

The prince warned that there is still a danger of escalation with Iran, and called on the world to unite with “strong and firm action” against Iran, saying Iran would otherwise threaten world interests.

The prince further predicted that if the world doesn’t stop Iran, oil supplies will be cut off and oil prices will hit levels “we haven’t seen in our lifetimes,” a threat the Saudis have often used to convince the world to support their position.

(antiwar.com)

The region is seldom calm but I believe that it will get even more hyper….but it may depend on who wins the election in 2020. 

Just a thought.

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