Despicable: deserving to be despised, or regarded with distaste, disgust, or disdain; contemptible
This is the word that comes to mind when I read the speech given by Trump while in Saudi Arabia, the land with one of the most heinous human rights records on the planet. Forgive the length of the cites; I know you know this generally – take the time to read it specifically:
· Through 2015 Saudi authorities continued arbitrary arrests, trials, and convictions of peaceful dissidents. Dozens of human rights defenders and activists continued to serve long prison sentences for criticizing authorities or advocating political and rights reforms.
· In 2015, over a dozen prominent activists convicted on charges arising from their peaceful activities were serving prison sentences.
· Saudi authorities publicly lashed prominent blogger Raif Badawi 50 times on January 9, 2015, as part of his 2014 sentence for setting up a liberal website and allegedly insulting religious authorities. On June 7, Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court upheld Badawi’s sentence of 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes.
· Saudi Arabia does not tolerate public worship by adherents of religions other than Islam and systematically discriminates against Muslim religious minorities…
· Detainees, including children, commonly face systematic violations of due process and fair trial rights, including arbitrary arrest. Judges routinely sentence defendants to floggings of hundreds of lashes.
· Authorities do not always inform suspects of the crime with which they are charged, or allow them access to supporting evidence, sometimes even after trial sessions have begun.
· Saudi Arabia dramatically increased the execution rate in 2015. According to Interior Ministry statements, Saudi Arabia executed 152 persons between January and November, mostly for murder and drug offenses. Sixty-two of those executed were convicted for non-violent drug crimes. Most executions are carried out by beheading, sometimes in public.
· …ministerial policies and practices forbid women from obtaining a passport, marrying, travelling, or accessing higher education without the approval of a male guardian, usually a husband, father, brother, or son.
· On March 26, a Saudi Arabia-led coalition of states began a campaign of airstrikes against Houthi forces in Yemen and instituted a naval and aerial blockade….Between March and July nearly 2,112 civilians were killed in Yemen as a result of the armed conflict, most from coalition airstrikes.
· The coalition has used cluster munitions, banned by 117 states, in civilian-populated areas in Yemen, wounding and killing civilians.
And America’s response?
· The United States largely did not criticize Saudi human rights violations beyond Congressionally-mandated annual reports…
· The US provided logistics and intelligence support to Saudi-led coalition forces conducting airstrikes on Yemen…
I am honored to be received by such gracious hosts.
Gracious: pleasantly kind, benevolent, and courteous; indulgent or beneficent in a pleasantly condescending way, especially to inferiors; merciful or compassionate.
Remember the list. Is there anything “gracious” about this host? Well, yes; Trump’s meaning will be revealed in a few short sentences:
Now, there is even more blessed news I am pleased to share with you.
Blessed: consecrated; sacred; holy; sanctified; worthy of adoration, reverence, or worship; divinely or supremely favored.
Look at the list again – do the Trump-loving so-called Christians call anything on this list “blessed”?
Yesterday, we signed historic agreements with the Kingdom that will invest almost $400 billion in our two countries and create many thousands of jobs in America and Saudi Arabia.
There it is – bombs for oil. Gracious and blessed.
This agreement will help the Saudi military to take a greater role in security operations.
Because 911, backing ISIS, destroying Yemen, and using Palestinians as a pawn are considered “security operations.” One question: “security operations” for whom?
Later today, we will make history again with the opening of a new Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology – located right here, in this central part of the Islamic World.
This would be funny if it wasn’t. Read something of Saudi Wahhabism; it is nothing if not “extremist.” Extremely.
Young Muslim boys and girls should be able to grow up free from fear, safe from violence, and innocent of hatred.
Not in Saudi Arabia.
I am proud to announce that the nations here today will be signing an agreement to prevent the financing of terrorism, called the Terrorist Financing Targeting Center – co-chaired by the United States and Saudi Arabia…
The two biggest state sponsors of terrorism are putting themselves in charge of targeting the financiers of terrorism. This would be funny if it wasn’t.
If you choose the path of terror, your life will be empty, your life will be brief, and YOUR SOUL WILL BE CONDEMNED.
We can only pray. Finally, some truth. Look in the mirror; look to your hosts.
This is a battle between Good and Evil.
Trump makes clear which side he is on.
Grand strategy my ass. Goldman bankers throughout the administration; nothing repealed, nothing implemented; raining bombs everywhere; forgiving Hillary; no China manipulation; no drain the swamp.
And now this.
Remember my 1%? Down to 0.1%.