Trump Shines in Saudi Arabia

On his first foreign trip, starting in the Middle East, president Trump is acting like a truly global figure. First, he acted like a genuine American leader by greeting the leaders of Saudi Arabia standing up straight and shaking hands, American-style, as opposed to Obama who bowed like a shameful servant.

Trump then delivered a masterful speech about terrorism to a Saudi audience. It is excerpted here, with a comment after each excerpt:

President Trump said: I stand before you as a representative of the American People, to deliver a message of friendship and hope. That is why I chose to make my first foreign visit a trip to the heart of the Muslim world, to the nation that serves as custodian of the two holiest sites in the Islamic Faith…. Our vision is one of peace, security, and prosperity—in this region, and in the world. Our goal is a coalition of nations who share the aim of stamping out extremism and providing our children a hopeful future that does honor to God.

And so this historic and unprecedented gathering of leaders—unique in the history of nations—is a symbol to the world of our shared resolve and our mutual respect. To the leaders and citizens of every country assembled here today, I want you to know that the United States is eager to form closer bonds of friendship, security, culture and commerce. comment: It is obvious that president Trump wants to create a more peaceful world, unlike the violent and war-torn Middle East that Obama left behind.

President Trump said: Here at this summit we will discuss many interests we share together. But above all we must be united in pursuing the one goal that transcends every other consideration. That goal is to meet history’s great test—to conquer extremism and vanquish the forces of terrorism. comment: After decades of thinking that we all had to live with terrorism, we finally have a leader who is going to act on it. And the only way to act is internationally, with cooperation from many nations.

President Trump said: America has suffered repeated barbaric attacks — from the atrocities of September 11th to the devastation of the Boston Bombing, to the horrible killings in San Bernardino and Orlando. The nations of Europe have also endured unspeakable horror. So too have the nations of Africa and even South America. India, Russia, China and Australia have been victims. But, in sheer numbers, the deadliest toll has been exacted on the innocent people of Arab, Muslim and Middle Eastern nations. They have borne the brunt of the killings and the worst of the destruction in this wave of fanatical violence. Some estimates hold that more than 95 percent of the victims of terrorism are themselves Muslim. comment: It’s about time we had someone with courage to tell this to the Muslim world, rather than going there and apologizing for America, like Obama did.

President Trump said: The true toll of ISIS, al Qaeda, Hezbollah, Hamas, and so many others, must be counted not only in the number of dead. It must also be counted in generations of vanished dreams. The Middle East is rich with natural beauty, vibrant cultures, and massive amounts of historic treasures. It should increasingly become one of the great global centers of commerce and opportunity. comment: President Trump is framing the crisis of terrorism in a way that these leaders can no longer avoid. Kudos to Trump. No other American leader would do this. Hillary Clinton? Forget it. She would be shaking them down for millions.

President Trump said: Egypt was a thriving center of learning and achievement thousands of years before other parts of the world. The wonders of Giza, Luxor and Alexandria are proud monuments to that ancient heritage. All over the world, people dream of walking through the ruins of Petra in Jordan. Iraq was the cradle of civilization and is a land of natural beauty.

And the United Arab Emirates has reached incredible heights with glass and steel, and turned earth and water into spectacular works of art. The entire region is at the center of the key shipping lanes of the Suez Canal, the Red Sea, and the Straits of Hormuz. The potential of this region has never been greater. 65 percent of its population is under the age of 30. Like all young men and women, they seek great futures to build, great national projects to join, and a place for their families to call home. comment: Meanwhile American Democrats and their media cronies are calling Trump every name in the book in order to halt his good work. They truly fear Trump’s success.

President Trump said: This is a battle between barbaric criminals who seek to obliterate human life, and decent people of all religions who seek to protect it. This is a battle between Good and Evil. When we see the scenes of destruction in the wake of terror, we see no signs that those murdered were Jewish or Christian, Shia or Sunni. When we look upon the streams of innocent blood soaked into the ancient ground, we cannot see the faith or sect or tribe of the victims — we see only that they were Children of God whose deaths are an insult to all that is holy. comment: Obama never said anything vaguely this profound. He was too busy maligning America.

President Trump said: It is a choice between two futures — and it is a choice America CANNOT make for you.
A better future is only possible if your nations drive out the terrorists and extremists. Drive. Them. Out.
DRIVE THEM OUT of your places of worship.
DRIVE THEM OUT of your communities.
DRIVE THEM OUT of your holy land, and
DRIVE THEM OUT OF THIS EARTH. comment: Wow. Very powerful. And yes, the Middle East nations must do much of the work, or continue to suffer the consequences.

In short, president Trump has taken on a positive global leadership role. No other president except Ronald Reagan has done this in the last century. Meanwhile reports:

Saudi Arabia is taking new steps to counter the messages of Islamic State and other Islamist militant groups online, a senior Saudi official said on Saturday, as U.S. President Donald Trump began a visit to the kingdom.

Mohammed al-Issa, secretary-general of the Saudi-based Muslim World League, told reporters the kingdom will open a coordinating center on Sunday in an inauguration ceremony attended by Trump and Saudi King Salman.

Saudi Arabia aims to take the fight beyond military action “because we know these groups can only be defeated if we defeat their ideology”, he said.

OK, great. President Trump is smashing the terrorists with bombs, and now he has cultivated a new ally in the Middle East to fight terrorism. We are going to see a major reduction in terrorism under Trump. Another triumph. then reports about the trip:

The United States has sealed an arms deal to Saudi Arabia, the White House announced on Saturday, a move that solidifies its decades-long alliance with the world’s largest energy producer just as President Donald Trump begins an official visit to the country.

The agreement, which is worth $350 billion over 10 years and $110 billion that will take effect immediately, was hailed by the White House as “a significant expansion of…[the] security relationship” between the two countries.

Simultaneously, Saudi Arabia is in a broad-based push for economic reform, and as part of that effort signed a flurry of deals with private U.S. companies worth tens of billions of dollars.

Lockheed Martin, one of the world’s largest defense contractors whose technology was part of the U.S-Saudi accord, said in a statement that the deal “will directly contribute to [Saudi Arabia’s] Vision 2030 by opening the door for thousands of highly skilled jobs in new economic sectors.”

In other words president Trump indeed is Making America Great Again even on his first international trip. Because military weapons spending, by either the US government or by foreign ally governments purchasing advanced defense systems from the US, is without question the most productive form of government spending. It produces the biggest return both economically and technologically to the American economy than any other form of government spending.

That is why the American economy thrived in the 1940s, 1950s, 1960s and 1980s, which were periods of significant military spending. US military spending during World War II reached a peak at twelve times the rate that we are spending today and it ended the economic depression of the 1930s (make-work government spending under Roosevelt did not).

Our military technology industry is the best in the world. Every “advanced” weapon that China is now building has been made with technology stolen from the US. also reported about Trump’s visit:

As President Donald Trump visits Saudi Arabia on the biggest foreign trip of his presidency, private equity giant Blackstone Group is unveiling a $40 billion infrastructure fund with the gulf nation, which will primarily invest in the United States. Saudi Arabia will commit $20 billion to the Blackstone infrastructure fund and another $20 billion will be raised from other limited partners, readying cash that could lead to $100 billion in total infrastructure investments on a leveraged basis.

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