Trump asking Saudi Arabia ‘We want more money to defend you’ is a Protection racket


And why America did not and will not attack the Islamic Republic of Iran…

Key words: USA, U.S., Saudi Arabia, Iran

By Elijah J. Magnier: @EjmAlrai

US President Donald Trump complained that “Saudi Arabia was not treating the US fairly and that Washington was losing a tremendous amount of money defending the Monarchy”.

President Trump has forgotten that Saudi Arabia is not in a state of war with its neighbours and that no country in the Middle East is threatening it: Trump is effectively asking for a “protection racket” from the oil-rich Monarchy to appease this American president who promised his citizens he “will be the greatest jobs producer that God ever created”,- apparently at the expense of the Saudis.

Trump is pretending to ignore the fact that Saudi Arabia is already investing more than $750 billion in the United States. Moreover, during last March’s visit to Washington, Saudi deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman promised President Trump to invest another $56 billion and this is the issue of Trump’s frustration: the US President was expecting a Saudi investment of $200 billion, hence his disappointment, as if the Saudis should have no limits faced with the US demands.

In fact, the Arabs generously contributed to the Gulf war with over $620 Billion, paid mainly for the seven months presence of US troops, Britain, France and only $8 Billion to Syria and Egypt on Saudi soil. Saudi Arabia bought an overinflated quantity of US weapons and spare parts, enough for decades. Moreover, Saudi Arabia has been financially involved in funding much of what the United States has requested to implement its foreign policy, starting from the Afghan war to the on-going Syrian war.

Indeed, Washington benefited from the religious resentment between Sunni and Shiite Muslims in the Islamic world, to create a scarecrow called the Islamic Republic of Iran. The US took advantage of the early years of the Iranian revolution when Tehran has participated in overseas attacks.

Washington has used the existing hostility towards Iran among the gulf countries to envision the “Islamic Republic” as an enemy trying to occupy the Middle East. The aim was to keep the Arab “golden goose” (monies) flowing into the pockets of the United States of America to feed its economy.

The biggest shock to the Arab countries came when former US President Barack Obama declared that Iran no longer posed a nuclear threat to its neighbours, withdrew the nuclear dossier from circulation, and thus made Iran a state that the United States and Europe could legitimately deal with.

This is what has angered US businessmen and, in consequences, the new President of the United States, Donald Trump: the end of the Iranian nuclear file and the proof of the absence of Iranian nuclear bombs means the closure of a large source of livelihood for Washington. It was no longer possible to use the nuclear dossier as blackmail leverage against the countries of the Middle East. This is not what Trump wanted, he who considers the Arabs have only money- and he wants it.

Upon his arrival at the White House, Trump publicly pretended to be an enemy of Iran. But he took no action against Tehran – except sanctions against Iranian Revolutionary Guard officers preventing these from accessing “their” bank accounts in the US banks that they had never owned. Trump uses the anti-Iran rhetoric enough to keep the memory of the Gulf countries alive and their pockets generously available for his hands to dig in.

If Trump goes against Iran from rhetoric to action, he will lose the card of using Iran as an “enemy state” that would benefit by attracting more Arab-Islamic money into America’s pockets. Trump has started with selling weapons and ammunitions to the Saudi so their military machine continues bombing the poorest Muslim country, Yemen, disregarding the human aspect he claims to care most about: but it would seem his human side is developed only in Syria.

Trump’s main concern is his passion for Twitter, to attack mainstream media and grumbling about his new job as President of the United States, which “prevented him from driving,” he told Reuters, revealing that he thought “his work as president would be easier.”

Trump said he would not engage any battle in Syria that would lead to World War Three. Upon reaching the White House, he send 59 Tomahawk missiles against the Shay’rat military airport just days after he said the removal of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was not his objective. After his bombing of the Syrian airfields, Trump said, “Assad should go”, but changed his mind days later and accepted the fact that the Syrian people have the freedom to decide their fate.

Today, there is a widespread conviction that Trump himself does not know what Trump will decide the next day. He keeps changing his mind and, as a consequence, Saudi Arabia moves from one day as best ally to an unfair Monarchy not paying the money he has expected ($200bn instead of $56 bn).

This is the president of the United States, with whom the world will apparently live with for the next four years, theoretically confirming the Middle Eastern sayings: ‘what can happen next might be greater (Al-ati a’zam)’, and ” you will be governed by those who reflect who you are “ (Qama Takounou Youwalla Alaykoum).

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