The world is a very dangerous place!
And a complete lack of American leadership will only make it more dangerous.
I know Trump's base are pants-pissing cowards motivated almost entirely by fear. I live around them, and they're a spooked herd, always sniffing and twitching and waiting to bolt en masse at the sight of a Guatemalan woman carrying a baby... but you would think that after a while even they would summon up enough pride to get tired of being treated like a flock o' chickenshits.
"Everything's dangerous! You should be afraid! Beg us to child-proof the world for you!"
Conservatives are always bitchin' 'bout a "nanny state" but they sure want a titty to cling to every time they're told of a new-thing-to-be-afraid-of.
I'm not sure, exactly, how sending a clear message to other countries that nobody is holding them accountable and they will absolutely be allowed to get away with literal murder is supposed to make the world safer. And I'm not sure how America being a pushed-around punk bitch who doesn't defend its own translates to "America first," but, oh well.
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!
Or just how 'bout "We take bribes." Because that's really what you're saying.
If Iran and North Korea would just agree to sell a few Fords, we'd let them keep their nukes.
Oh, hell, I forgot -- North Korea gets to keep their nukes, anyway, because they sent a nice letter to Big Chief Needs-a-Hug.
I mean, if you want to preserve the defense contracts, then come up with other sanctions, but for god's sake, O Master Strategist, thou, don't spell the shit out for our enemies that that's why you're giving them a freebie on murder. "Gee, we'd like to hold you accountable, but... ummmm... we want a cookie, so... okay, kill whoever you want, it's fine, jeez, sorry we made a fuss."
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.
So, basically, we'll let Capone punish the hit-men he dispatched and we'll call it square... ignoring the fact that he's the one who gave them the mission in the first place.
If that kind of "logic" actually worked, Charles Manson would never have gone to prison.
"I vas only followink orders" didn't set too many free in Nuremberg...
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.
The bad guys claim the victim was the real bad guy, and we'll just believe them and pass their bullshit along... while claiming it's immaterial. But we just thought we'd mention it.
There are assholish moves, there are really assholish moves... and then there's that. If you're going to claim something, then claim it. Don't just throw it out there in an official statement and then shrug and say, "Doesn't matter anyway."
Because it doesn't matter. The nitty-gritty is our leadership is letting a foreign power get away with murder. And they're helping them make excuses for it. While trying to have it both ways by saying "we're not making excuses." Yeah? Then exactly why is that statement even in there, motherfucker?
I cannot stand people playing that junk.
Not only does Trump let them assassinate the man, he aids and abets them as they assassinate his character, too.
King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman vigorously deny any knowledge of the planning or execution of the murder of Mr. Khashoggi.
Oh, well, gee, I guess they didn't do it, then.
Hey, guys, Jeffrey Dahmer denies killing anybody, either. Give him his barrel and fridge full of heads back.
Our intelligence agencies continue to assess all information,
Headline says C.I.A. Concludes That Saudi Crown Prince Ordered Khashoggi Killed. What does "concludes" mean where you guys live? 'Cuz in my area of the map it doesn't mean "continuing." It means they got an answer.
Here's what they did:
The C.I.A. made the assessment based on the crown prince’s control of Saudi Arabia, which is such that the killing would not have taken place without his approval, and has buttressed its conclusion with two sets of crucial communications: intercepts of the crown prince’s calls in the days before the killing, and calls by the kill team to a senior aide to the crown prince.
The C.I.A. has believed for weeks that Prince Mohammed was culpable in Mr. Khashoggi’s killing but had been hesitant to definitively conclude that he directly ordered it. The agency has passed that assessment on to lawmakers and Trump administration officials.
The change in C.I.A. thinking came as new information emerged, officials said. The evidence included an intercept showing a member of the kill team calling an aide to Prince Mohammed and saying “tell your boss” that the mission was accomplished. Officials cautioned, however, that the new information is not direct evidence linking Prince Mohammed to the assassination, which was carried out in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.
The intercepts do show that Prince Mohammed was trying to find ways to lure Mr. Khashoggi back to Saudi Arabia, although the crown prince did not specifically say in the phone calls that he wanted to have Mr. Khashoggi killed, according to people briefed on the intelligence findings.
Sure, maybe he wanted to lure Khashoggi into his lair just to give him some cookies.
but it could very well be that the Crown Prince had knowledge of this tragic event – maybe he did and maybe he didn’t!
Your own intelligence agencies say he did. They have phone calls supporting that fact. All the Saudis have is a shrug and a head-shake no. Oh, and a big business deal and that's why you're letting them skate and throwing one of America's first lines of defense (in a world that's "a very dangerous place!") under the bus.
That being said, we may never know all of the facts surrounding the murder of Mr. Jamal Khashoggi.
Or thus we will conclude for convenience's sake.
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!
And we won't consider the torture, murder, and dismemberment of one of our press to be "terrorism."
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.
After making clear he's doing this for political reasons -- i.e. preserving his "win" on a defense contract (which he's vastly inflating the worth of, by the way) -- Trump accuses his adversaries who may try to pursue justice of doing it for "political reasons."
Maaaaaaan, fuck you, Trump.
I will consider whatever ideas are presented to me, but only if they are consistent with the absolute security and safety of America.
And don't hold accountable any foreign power who's thrown me a nice parade.
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 America currently has NO LEADERSHIP.
We have a coward in the White House who's hung out a for-sale sign and even named his price.
You think other countries don't look at this shit and giggle and say, "Wow, what can we do to take advantage of this simp?"
We're not the leader of the free world anymore. Under Trump, we're just an arms-dealing gangster, the way a lot of those annoying-ass far-lefties have claimed. Pay us, buy our shit, and we'll turn a blind eye. Or don't even pay us, just say "nice things." Trump bends over for Putin and bends over for Kim and they aren't even buying stuff, they just flattered his needy prissyboy ass.
Thanks to Trump, Saudi Arabia owns us.
Russia owns us.
North Korea owns us.
But, "America first," right? Yeah, keep believing that. Nifty slogan you can wave around and hoot over while the world's bad actors wreck us. Sheeeesh.
Bring on the "what-aboutism" for this now, I'd love to even see that attempted.