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With Friends Like These: Abusive Frenemies and American Mideast Policy

Pop quiz: name the two largest (by far) recipients of U.S. foreign military aid and one other country which recently negotiated the biggest American arms sale deal in world history. Let’s call them the Big three (beneficiaries of largesse, that is).

Ready for the (not-so) shocking answers? So, the military dictatorship is Egypt – recipient of $1.3 billion in military aid per annum. The nation that conquered and annexed adjacent territory is Israel – the donee of some $3.1 billion in military aid each year; and, ironically, the state that US leaders regularly (if incorrectly) tout as the “only democracy in the Mideast.” And the charming, child-starving, woman-beheading regime: that’s the theocracy and absolute monarchy of Saudi Arabia – future owner (maybe) of a record $110 billion in US military equipment. Now that’s a proud lot!

By backing this core of abusive regimes, Washington only rewards and encourages bad behavior. If the US didn’t cut funding when Egypt gunned down protesters, and Trump praises its President General Sisi as doing a "tremendous job," what’s to stop repeat human rights abuses? If Washington barely blushed when the Saudis killed and dismembered a Washington Post journalist, and refuses to shutdown the Saudi terror war in Yemen, why should the crown prince – and Jared Kushner bro – behave?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Rewarding bad behaviour, at the national level, is one of the lousiest things the Unhinged, Surveilled State of America can do, and yet it continues doing just that.

Here's a good analogy; just think about a parent whose teenage son gets drunk, drives off while well tanked, and gets himself into an horrific accident, resulting in multiple deaths and woundings, and what does the dad do?!?

Goes out and gets the kid another car, of course!!

Folks, the US government is driving this world into an oblivion of hate, war, and pestilence, the likes of which humankind has never seen before. It appears that most members of the American political class (except for Ro Khanna, whose bi-partisan legislation to stop the US's wars I respect highly), believe that US foreign policy ... always has to come with bombs, bullets, and whatever hellfire they can conjure, raining down death from above, against any and every nation with the nerve to be sitting over some resource which the US government wants to expropriate, regime change that the government, and make sure that this resource is only sold with American dollars.

This formula is so transparent, that I cannot imagine why people don't see it; yet, because of all the distractions and diversions put in their way, US citizens just don't see it, or won't see it, until, unfortunately, it may be far too late to save this country, and the world, from an ELE (extinction level event).

I do believe that there is a different path this country should be taking, a path of peace, with a lot more positive outcomes than what I see in current foreign policy, but it will take a formidable, will and absolute honesty, of every American citizen, to make that happen.

I hope, and pray, that my brother and sister Americans are up to the journey. It will be long, and hard, and they may never mention our influence in history books yet to be written; but it is imperative that we come together, with hope and optimism, to make this world a better place.

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