It was a part of a deal that includes massive Saudi purchases of U.
S weaponry, the first tranches of which have been approved, Saudi promises of major investments in U. equities and treasury bonds, all of which Trump hoped would boost his standing on the home front.
But for the anti-Iranian alliance to be successful, he needed to bring together, or at least dampen down, some of the underlying factional tensions among U. allies, some of which are religious (Wahhabist-Moslem Brotherhood competition) but most of which concern the clashes of unbridled expansionist nationalism, be it the Turkish, Saudi, or Israeli version. In return for agreeing to hitch their economic future even more closely to the United States , the Saudi’s demanded Trump involve himself most imprudently in inter-Arab competition for regional hegemony – but then what is prudence for the Great Tweeter?
Under the influence of his son-in-law and multi-millionaire slum landlord extraordinaire, Jared Kushner, “his key Middle East adviser”, this Trump gladly did, coming down hard on the Saudi side of the long-festering Saudi-Qatari competition.
Ten years is a long time to be making choices based on flawed information.
Bangladeshi workers living in cramped quarters in Doha, Qatar.
A stalled crisis plays in Qatar’s favor that some grace saving formula (for Saudi) can be found to smooth over this spat among U. Since then he has repeatedly tweeted his support of the blockade despite the fact that his Secretaries of State and Defense have taken less strident, anti-Qatari positions. In his usual shallow understanding of issues, be it the healthcare crisis in the United States or the complexities of the Middle East, Donald Trump has managed to aggravate the antagonisms among some of Washington’s key U. There are deals to make and if it means embarrassing the president (again) by concluding a multi-billion dollar deal with cash rich monarchy, so be it.
In his usual shallow understanding of issues, be it the healthcare crisis in the United States or the complexities of the Middle East, Donald Trump has managed to aggravate the antagonisms among some of Washington’s key U. Trump’s turn against Qatar, another example of his impulsiveness, came as part of a desperate attempt to lift his sagging popularity at home in the United States.
We must not allow the exclusion of a significant portion of this country’s population to go uncounted.
The provocative addition of this question, in a climate of intimidation advanced by the President and his administration, will force immigrants into the shadows and disproportionately impact representation and federal funding for things like Medicaid and infrastructure across the country and specifically on Long Island where Hispanics and Latinos make up an estimated 17% of the population in Suffolk and 15% in Nassau.
The consequences of under-counting our country’s population, especially in areas like Long Island could create a disadvantage in representation in the House and create a disparity in distribution of the 0 billion plus in federal funding.
Trump’s remarks gave the Saudi’s confidence that now they have the full support of the Trump Administration to pursue a near hysterical anti-Iranian political strategy and to force other Arab nations to fall in line behind that policy.
Qataris not exactly an innocent babe in the woods by the way in terms of Middle East politics but it refused to bow to Saudi intimidation.