This morning, the Trump administration stunned the international community and set a dangerous new precedent with a full-throated show of support for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The White House announced to the world that the barbaric dismemberment of a dissident journalist was an acceptable behavior that would not provoke any consequences, as the president’s personal financial interests and the strategic demands of a murderous neoconservative extremist foreign policy agenda were officially declared to be more important than any concern for human rights or the freedom of the press.
In his bizarre and deeply cynical statement that gleefully ignored facts and shamelessly smeared the murdered journalist as an Islamist extremist, President Trump essentially declared that the very existence of the Islamic Republic of Iran was reason enough to ignore the murder, wrongfully accusing them of being the world’s largest sponsor of terrorism (a title which ironically belongs to Saudi Arabia) and somehow blamed them for Saudi Arabia’s genocidal war in Yemen.
The Iranian foreign minister response responded with a sarcastic statement of defiance, mocking Trump for treating Iran like the boogeyman and for his inexplicable statements on how the California wildfires were caused by a lack of raking.
Mr. Trump bizarrely devotes the FIRST paragraph of his shameful statement on Saudi atrocities to accuse IRAN of every sort of malfeasance he can think of. Perhaps we’re also responsible for the California fires, because we didn’t help rake the forests— just like the Finns do?
— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) November 20, 2018
Hundreds of millions of lobbying dollars have been pumped into the coffers of American politicians by the Israeli and Saudi governments in order to keep us from establishing any friendly relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran, even though both of those nations have human rights records as reprehensible as Iran does — which is why Donald Trump and his administration would rather look the other way as the Saudis torture women protestors and chop up journalists while the Israelis gun down unarmed protestors en masse and destroy TV news stations.
The silver lining of this debacle is that Trump has dispensed with the preposterous veneer of civility that the right-wing places over their foreign policy. They only care about human rights and democracy and freedom when it suits them, and are entirely willing to look the other way and excuse horrifying acts when it’s politically convenient and profitable for them.