BOSTON, UNITED STATES — It wasn’t even a year ago the American people were assured Saudi Arabia would finally be brought to justice for their role in the 9/11 attacks. President Obama vetoed a bill (the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, or JASTA) that would’ve allowed the families of 9/11 victims to sue the Saudis over their alleged role in the attacks, but Congress overturned the veto 348-77. The Senate did likewise, 97-1.
Fast-forward nine months. President Trump is visiting the Kingdom during his first official trip overseas. According to the Journal, ‘Mr Trump plans to sign new arms deals with Saudi Arabia worth $109 billion, with the two governments also agreeing to commit to $350 billion more over 10 years, according to a senior U.S. official.’
Let’s recap. The US government is planning to pump hundreds of billions of dollars in weapons into this Islamist theocracy, which may or may not have helped orchestrate the most devastating terrorist attacks in US history (trial pending).
Now, Trump’s obviously privy to information the American people aren’t. He almost certainly knows whether the Saudis were culpable in the attacks or not. And maybe he’s seen conclusive evidence that the Saudis weren’t involved in 9/11 at all. If so, he should publish that evidence immediately. The American people deserve closure.
But if not, when proof of their involvement emerges – and if it exists, it will emerge – Trump’s supporters won’t forgive him. Washington hacks might care more about cheap oil and strategic Middle-Eastern ‘allies’ than seeking justice for the victims of terror, but the American people don’t.
What else is going on? Oh, right – Trump’s nominated Callista Gingrich as ambassador to the Vatican. Callista and her husband, former House Speaker and key Trump ally Newt, had an affair for six years while the Speaker was married to his second wife, Marianne. When Marianne rejected his request for an ‘open marriage’, Newt converted to Catholicism and had his marriage to Marianne annulled so he could marry Callista.
Good to know the President’s not above using the Holy See as a repository for his mates’ kinky interns-turned-trophy wives. I’m sure this will prove a tremendous boon to US-Vatican relations, which were already just fabulous.
Trump promised to end the culture of Beltway cronyism. Yet, addition to Mrs Gingrich III, Ivanka and Jared, we also have Sarah Huckabee Sanders emerging as the likely Press Secretary if Sean Spicer ever gets the sack. Sanders is the daughter of Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor and another key Trump loyalist.
Maybe it was silly to assume ‘drain the swamp’ meant anything other than ‘clear out everyone who doesn’t like me so I can give jobs to folks who do’.
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