A Guide To Understanding The Trump-Saudi Deal

Question: Why did the Saudis treat President Trump so graciously?

Answer: They’re scared. Even though the Saudis are as responsible as any party for radicalizing Sunni Islam, they did so believing it would make them safe. It was an attempt to buy the extremists off, thinking they would never bite the hand that fed them. In addition, the royal family is divided – with some more extreme than others. They realize two things: Iran represents an existential threat to the kingdom, and so does the ISIS brand of terrorism. The only force on earth than can help save the kingdom is long-time ally America. In addition, the Arab and Muslim world respects strength, which they see in President Trump. There’s one more thing: In the past, the Saudis have sought to buy favor with U.S. presidents with millions of dollars in endowments after they left office. These include Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama. They are wise enough to know Trump, a billionaire, cannot be bought off this way.

Question: Is there really potential for the Saudis to reform and join the fight against ISIS, al-Qaida, Hamas, Iran and Hezbollah? …continue reading

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