President Trump took the extraordinary step of leaving his twitter feed and making an actual statement about Saudi Arabia and its murder of Jamal Khashoggi. He had promised to release CIA findings about the killing on Tuesday 11/20, but instead came out with the statement below. We offer a number comments in red to help help him produce a total revision.
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, (Nonsense, it was the Saudi-UAE-US coalition that has been bombing with abandon and blockading ports. Iran’s support for the Yemeni militia Ansar Allah is mostly verbal with perhaps several shiploads of weapons)
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),
(It’s not millions, more like a hideous half-million, but the U.S., too, has helped Assad. It made no objections when the Iraqi government sent fighters into Syria fighting on Assad’s side.)
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.” (By whom? Anyone outside Israel and the U.S.? Iraqis, who lost a million to U.S. sanctions in the 1990’s might differ.)
On the other hand, Saudi Arabia would gladly withdraw from Yemen if the Iranians would agree to leave. (Leave? There aren’t any Iranians in Yemen.)
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. (Kind of dubious since it fought for years to keep secret the 28 pages of the official U.S. 9/11 report and it fights today the families of the 9/11 victim’s lawsuit)
After my heavily negotiated trip to Saudi Arabia last year, the Kingdom agreed to spend and invest $450 billion in the United States. (A totally made up number) This is a record amount of money. It will create hundreds of thousands of jobs, (more like 20,000 jobs a year, a tiny amount in the U.S. labor force of 163,000,000) 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. (No, you can’t just attach Russian or Chinese bombs to U.S. planes they won’t fit. Anyway the U.S. could go to Russia and China and make a “deal” with them not to sell to the Saudis.) 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. (You mean weak action. You barred a group of 17 people from coming to the U.S. who are already in Saudi jails and unlikely to get out. Since your CIA believes MBS to have ordered the crime, the “strong action” claim is entirely ludicrous. )
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 (which you seem to have little interest in finding).
Representatives of Saudi Arabia say that Jamal Khashoggi was an “enemy of the state” and a member of the Muslim Brotherhood,
(Officially Saudi Arabia has said no such thing. Until a year ago he was a close advisor to top Saudis.)
but my decision is in no way based on that (then why bring it up other than to give a backdoor wink to justify the murder?)– 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 (you’re being too delicate here. Your own CIA says he ordered it) 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. (We may never know all the facts about the killing of Lincoln. That doesn’t mean a government should be paralyzed.) 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. (Why actually is it our fight? Most countries act like pigs, Iran included, but there no reasons for an obsession with 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 (like, uh, moral, religious, ethical, legal, etc.) , 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 (you mean Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, right?) the interests of and vigorously contesting countries that wish to do us harm. Very simply it is called America First! (“American First” was the Ku Klux Klan motto of the 1920’s, perhaps you should give it a rest.)