Joan Ruggles (Young)
I for one found it almost hilarious how the Saudi’s fawned and glorified DT on his visit. They knew exactly how to play him and it worked. They got the $100 billion arms deal they wanted complete with radar systems to help them intensify their assault on Yemen and the near starving people of that country. AND they got a bonus! They chose to look the other way regarding the hateful rhetoric DT has directed toward Islam and in return they got a promise that we will look the other way regarding their mistreatment of women and repression of dissent. Commerce Secretary Ross was positively delighted at the lack of protests on their visit. Clueless. We’ll also pretend that the 9/11 bombers didn’t come from Saudi Arabia and that they are not one of the biggest funders of Islamic terrorism through Wahhabi clerics. But they say they’re going to change all that. We’ll see. We seem to now be in alignment with the Sunnis (Saudi Arabia) and anti the Shia (Iran). Who besides the White House made THAT decision??
The very man who said “Islam hates us” is now saying all of us must live in harmony with Muslims. I have no idea if he’s changed his mind, but he never says the same things two days in a row, so who knows. I’ll bet his followers are unhappy to hear the new rhetoric though. It’s also likely that the hard right Israelis also will continue to be disappointed as they hear him stray farther and farther from his campaign promises and say whatever suits him that day.
Just for interest, here are a few quotes I’ve seen recently regarding our president:
“He treats spies as just another bauble he can flaunt in front of others to make him look smart.” Malcom Nance the Guardian
From David Brooks “He is thus the all-time record-holder of the Dunning-Kruger effect, the phenomenon in which the incompetent person is too incompetent to understand his own incompetence.” “The Russian leak story reveals one other thing, the dangerousness of a hollow man.”
According to Julie Davis, a reporter for the New York Times, National Security Council officials have strategically included Trump's name in "as many paragraphs as we can because he keeps reading if he's mentioned," according to one source, who relayed conversations he had with NSC officials.
And from Nora - " My buddy, the liberal Rockville Judge, told me 'a prosecutor prosecutes but cannot do so until evidence shows a law has been broken.” So I guess evidence shows as confirmed by Lindsay Graham ““I think it’s now being considered a criminal investigation.”
As some French friends said to me yesterday, now the whole world has to be concerned about what frightening thing DT will do next. They did acknowledge that they owed a big thank you to DT because it was the horror they experienced in watching him in action, that caused them to pull back from the brink and defeat Le Pen.