Donald Trump Is a Pathetic, Craven Coward Who Shames America

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The following is not a joke. This is the beginning of an actual statement from Donald J. Trump released by the White House.

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.”

And then it goes on for several more paragraphs, basically saying that it was just awful what was done to that poor Mr. Khashoggi. Mr. Khashoggi was probably a dangerous anti-American terrorist, because that’s what the Saudis say, but it was an awful thing nonetheless. But we need Saudi Arbia because because because and, anyway, nobody really knows what happened no matter what U.S. intelligence agencies say. The last paragraph:

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!

Very simply it is called Trump is a sniveling, un-American coward! If you ask me. Oil is more important than rights or values or anything else, it says. We must prostitute ourselves as a nation for oil and because the Saudis gave The Creature a net gold medal.

Do see the Washington Post‘s annotated version of this atrocious statement.

Karen Attiah at WaPo:

In a juvenile, clumsy White House statement on Tuesday full of falsehoods, Trump repeated the Saudi lie that Jamal was an “enemy of a state” and that the “United States would stand steadfastly by Saudi Arabia,” even though its regime lured, killed and dismembered a peaceful Post op-ed writer who lived in Virginia.

In effect, Trump is doing his best to help the Saudi regime get away with the murder of a U.S. resident and one of the Arab world’s most prominent writers. If the administration continues down this path, it will further destroy whatever is left of America’s moral credibility on global human rights and freedom of expression. It puts truth-seekers and journalists who dare challenge the Saudi regime and other intolerant governments in grave danger, no matter where they live. Trump’s refusal to act gives a symbolic green light to the young, power-drunk Mohammed bin Salman so he can continue his reckless exploits in Saudi Arabia and the Arab world, for possibly the next 40 to 50 years, and face zero consequences.

“If we allow a murderer to get away because we think we can make some deals with him, we are just reinforcing the idea that money can silence everybody”, says Abdullah Alaoudh, a senior scholar at the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University.  “And this is the dangerous message that created Saddam Hussein and Moammar Gaddafi. We can better protect the good relationship with Saudi Arabia in the long run through building a relationship with the Saudi people, institutions and even the majority of the royal family. Or we can risk losing all that by protecting one powerful individual who has been implicated in a horrible crime.”

President Donald Trump’s public comments regularly reveal him to be unsuited to hold the most powerful office in the world, both temperamentally and intellectually. But nothing of late has made that quite as clear as the new White House statement on Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s assassination.

The statement, a defense of maintaining close ties with Saudi Arabia’s government published on Tuesday afternoon, reads like it was written by the president personally. It begins with a strange declarative statement — “The world is a very dangerous place!” — that seems tonally out of place on official White House letterhead. It then goes on to make a series of egregious factual, analytic, and moral errors, excusing Saudi Arabia’s murder of a US resident in a way that gives a green light to dictators around the world to kill their own citizens.

In a responsible White House, this statement would never have been drafted, let alone sent out to the entire world to read. But this is not a responsible White House, and will not be until we have a responsible commander-in-chief.

After dismantling the statement line by line, Beauchamp concludes,

This conclusion captures the enormity of the statement. Everything from siding with a dictator over US intelligence to the moral repulsiveness of the geopolitical logic to even the juvenile writing style screams an obvious fact: A man who released this under his name is not fit to run the world’s oldest democracy and most powerful country.

Jonathan Chait:

The first two sentences — “America First! The world is a dangerous place!” — set the basic predicate for his argument. People get murdered, dismembered, dissolved in acid, all the time, and we need to look out for our interests.  …

… Nowhere in his statement does Trump reiterate the point he made in 2015 — he personally has business with the Kingdom, including $270,000 in spending in Trump’s Washington hotel alone, just last year.

Trump seems to think that the Saudis are doing us a big favor by selling us oil and buying our military ordnance, so we must be deferential and kiss their butts. I don’t think so. This is one of the most shameful official statements ever issued by a U.S. president. I can’t think of a worse one, actually.

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  1. doug  •  Nov 20, 2018 @5:22 pm

    Let's put the shoe on the other foot. We have a business arrangement with Saudi Arabia, with oil, if not the sale of weapons systems to kill children in Yemen. But let's put the spotlight of history on the subject.

    If it was the 1930s and Germany wants the US to produce ovens and gas chambers – the manufactures knowing it was to kill Jews and incinerate the bodies, how much would the contract have to be for to satisfy Trump's "America First" axiom?

    Other foot. If liberals entice Sean Hannity to a third-world country, strangle him, dismember him, and dissolve the body parts in acid, would the outrage of conservatives be justified? Would Trump look the other way ("Maybe the Democrats did it and maybe they didn't.") if Hannity turns on Trump and denounces him a fool?

  2. uncledad  •  Nov 20, 2018 @6:57 pm

    "This is one of the most shameful official statements ever issued by a U.S. president. I can’t think of a worse one, actually"

    Just wait a week or two!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RSzli-wheZA

  3. c u n d gulag  •  Nov 20, 2018 @9:12 pm

    The man who released that isn't qualified to be on an overnight cleaning crew at a rest station on the New Jersey Turnpike.

    I wonder how much he owes the Saudi's?

    And/or do they also have some "pee-pee" tapes?

    And just now, the NY Times reported that tRUMP wanted McGahn to let the justice department know he wanted Hillary and Comey arrested!  

    Sound familiar?

    Wait!  What's that I hear?

    Why, I believe I hear the chains the ghost of old Tricky Dick forged for himself, and he's coming to tell tRUMP some Christmas ghost stories.

  4. Bernie  •  Nov 20, 2018 @9:14 pm

     Thank you, gonzo wordsmith, and all noble contributors.  Thanks to all of you I have much to be thankful for this holiday and a breath of hope for the future. Thank you all.  Party hard and enjoy Pilgrims.

     

     

  5. Anonymous  •  Nov 21, 2018 @4:02 am

    Kushner, too.

  6. jrkrideau  •  Nov 21, 2018 @12:54 pm

    While I do not actually believe this, one could say that Jamal Khashoggi's death was just an application of the death penalty which Saudi Arabia and the USA still have. He was a Saudi citizen "executed" on Saudi soil very likely on the orders of the Crown Prince. (I doubt that even the Crown Prince has the power to order an execution without a trial but he might.)

    I doubt that Mr. Trump would appreciate such a "sophisticated" argument. Billions in arm sales would make more sense to him.

     

    <b>c u n d gulag  </b>

    <i>I wonder how much he owes the Saudi's?</i>

    A lot probably—though it may well be that he does not owe them anything as an actual "debt" but offending them could cut his family cash flow drastically. He might have to sell his plane or even his place in Florida.

  7. Swami  •  Nov 21, 2018 @2:54 pm

    Trump is not only a craven coward…He's a big bag of shit. He's an abomination.

  8. paradoctor  •  Nov 21, 2018 @3:52 pm

    My inner cynic says of Mister Bone Saw, "He's an SOB but he's our SOB." Then my inner cynic thinks again and asks, "Can we rely on such an incompetent?"

    My inner idealist says, "This is nightmare fuel, he's got to go." But then my inner idealist thinks again and asks, "Will his rivals in the Saudi Game of Thrones be any better?"

    Between my two inner-me’s, I conclude that a Green New Deal is a pragmatic and moral imperative, as preparation for saying to the Saudis, "We divorce thee, we divorce thee, we divorce thee."

  9. Swami  •  Nov 21, 2018 @3:57 pm

    “Oil prices getting lower. Great!” he tweeted. “Like a big Tax Cut for America and the World. Enjoy! $54, was just $82. Thank you to Saudi Arabia, but let’s go lower!”

    Greater love has no man than to be butchered for lower prices at the gas pump!

  10. uncledad  •  Nov 21, 2018 @5:40 pm

    Wasn't even a week! Probably not a good idea to get in a pissing match with the republican appointent chief justice of the supremes!

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/live/2018/nov/21/us-politics-donald-trump-nancy-pelosi-democrats-republicans

  11. uncledad  •  Nov 21, 2018 @5:46 pm

    Swami: "Greater love has no man than to be butchered for lower prices at the gas pump!"

    Right, one would think Trump has gone too far this time? Not so fast, the last two weeks since the Saudis sort of admitted butchering this guy has been spent smearing Khashoggi as a muslim brotherhood terrorist on FAUX and right-wing hate media. So in the "minds" of the hateful rubes Trump and MBS are fighting terror. USA, USA, USA! I've been thinking about reading 1984 again but I have to admit I'm afraid to?

     

  12. uncledad  •  Nov 21, 2018 @5:51 pm

    Bone Saw, Bone Spur what's the difference really!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f33qUqdZapw