Trump Chooses Death Over Life Under the Guise of “America First.” Where are the Court Evangelicals?

Trump and Saudi

In case you haven’t seen it yet, here is the official White House statement on the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and our ongoing U.S. relations with Saudi Arabia

America First!

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!

Thoughts:

  1.  Under the mantra of “America First,” Trump and his administration will continue to support Saudi war crimes in Yemen.
  2. This statement affirms that the United States values the buildup of the American military over the life of Khashoggi and the hundreds of thousands killed in Yemen.
  3. Despite intelligence to the contrary, Trump believes King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman when they “vigorously deny any knowledge of the planning or execution of the murder of Mr. Khashoggi.”  (And I believe Trump when he vigorously denies having adulterous affairs with porn stars).
  4. Where are the court evangelicals today?  Their Twitter feeds and other social media sites were filled with praise for Trump’s commitment to religious freedom after Andrew Brunson came home.  Yet today they are silent, much in the same way they were silent on the human rights violations in Yemen when they met with Salman earlier this month.

Here is Michael Steele, the former Chairperson of the GOP”:

6 thoughts on “Trump Chooses Death Over Life Under the Guise of “America First.” Where are the Court Evangelicals?

  1. “Don’t criticize this current bad thing, because we all know bad things happened before this.”

    Great nihilistic perspective, chief.

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    • Well Rick, I wouldn’t exactly call it nihilistic but I do understand your sentiment. My point was not to condone murder but simply to state that using this unfortunate incident with the dead journalist to slam Trump misses the greater point that presidents of both parties have countenanced questionable international behaviors. Furthermore, any other U.S. leader would have likely found a way to give the Saudi king a pass. The style might not have been as direct as that used by Trump, but the substance of U.S. foreign policy would not have been dramatically different. I can understand why his style irritates certain people, but when push comes to shove no U.S. president is going to throw the Saudis under the bus.

      “But Jesus called them to him, and saith unto them, Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them: and their great ones exercise authority upon them. But so shall it not be among you….”. Mark 10:42, 43. The Lord Jesus knew well the world system. Was he a nihilist?

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  2. Where are the court evangelicals? Well, I just checked Johnnie Moore’s Twitter feed and he’s absolutely giddy that Melania Trump and Eric Bolling of Fox News will be speaking at Liberty next week. He’s not saying much about Saudi Arabia lately, but in the past he seems to have really enjoyed meeting the royal family in the swanky palaces.

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      • Dear John and Rick,
        We should all be careful about getting on our moral high horses regarding Trump giving the Saudi king a pass on this murder. I can recall when the Kennedy Administration was indirectly tied to the murder of President Diem in Vietnam. I also heard all of the credible stories about U.S. government employees allowing ARVN troops to throw Viet Congress out of helicopters during interrogations. Furthermore, there were multiple U.S. government-sanctioned attempts to kill Fidel Castro in his early years as head of Cuba. None of it is morally proper, but Trump is hardly the first U.S. leader to stand idle during or after an international crime. Sadly, he probably won’t be the last. I am not sure any U.S. President would have acted significantly different. We simply need the Saudis as a balance in the the region. Realpolitik is not pretty and it isn’t always moral.
        James

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