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Gabbard: US needs to 'stop pretending' Saudi Arabia is an ally

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Lawmakers expressed outrage over the killing last year of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, who had been a critic of Saudi leadership. The Trump administration failed to meet a deadline to issue a report to Congress on who was responsible for Khashoggi's death, while many lawmakers have accused the crown prince of directing the killing.

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There's nobody quite like Ms Gabbard, softly detailing the simple and painful truth. Pay attention, and then send her your best wishes and some money.

Submitted on Sunday, Jun 30, 2019 at 1:43:32 PM

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The big question is: to be or not to be a sovereign nation?


We confuse sovereignty with either isolationism or nationalistic fascism.


The world, and specifically the UN and the International Court are set up to view nations as legitimate sovereignties. One could have easily surmised that Trump's 2016 run spoke to sovereign trade (as opposed to corporate trade agreements such as NAFTA/TPP. But he was quickly tagged a national fascist (alt-right). From them it became a "traitor" (to neoliberalism) and anti-rights (border nationalism).

We distorted something that desperately needs clarity: Sovereignty or Globalization. There no doubt is some gray but this discussion to be had. Then the issue is the reign in corporate rule from either of these two world-views.

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It is true Saudi Arabia is definitely not an ally of the US. In fact, the Saudis have the US by the Whoop whoop over the dealing with their oil in US Dollars. We have an agreement with them that we will protect them if they continue dealing only in petrodollars, hence their hold on us as other nations, Iran is one since Trump backed out of the nuclear deal with them who was using other currencies. BTW Venezuela is another as are Russia, China, and India is considering.

This said it might be brought to memory that the 15 of those 19 hijackers of 9/11 happened to be Saudis.

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It all seems to be a matter of who has what, who wants it, and who has the power to take it. Forget about morals, rules, or law. Might matters, nothing else.

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Well said Dennis. When the US took itself off the gold standard behind the dollar, military might that ensured global hegemony and the petrodollar keeps the US economy (such as it is "sovereign") from dropping like a rock. This is why fiat currency and MMT has never made sense to me. "Fiat" would actually mean in God We Trust, and a prayer ritual. This is not the case the dollar is mighty as long as US military can threaten with war and economic sanctions.

It is all of a piece. Nevertheless Saudi Arabia (and Israel) are not technically allies. Personally I find the notion of allies post-WWII to be as troublesome (wasn't Soviet/Russia an ally?) as NATO after the "Cold War" (a pure fabrication).

But technical or not, the US has more riding on the Saudi "special" relationship than it does with its vassal EU "allies" who are expected to go along with idiocy like Juan Guaido is the "real" (or reel) president of Venezuela.

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Same is true of another "ally" in the middle east.

Submitted on Sunday, Jun 30, 2019 at 9:28:10 PM

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