Ugh.. America First.. gives billions to Israel and supports Saudi Arabia against Yemen.. Yeah ok commander and Chief.
Following Donald Trump's designation of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist organization, with 5,000 U.S. troops in Iraq and 2,000 lingering in Syria, with Iranian militias and support forces frequently nearby, the recently reelected Benjamin Netanyahu as Prime Minister of Israel--for his fifth term--slam-dunked on everyone.
One cannot blame Netanyahu for the lack of humility. He declared through twitter, "Once again, you are keeping the world safe from Iran aggression and terrorism. ... Thank you for accepting another important request of mine."
The Iranians responded by declaring the U.S. Central Command a terrorist group, which is almost funny.
Unfortunately, less funny is analyzing what may or may not be occurring with that insipid son-in-law of Trump's, Jared Kushner, attempting to carry the ball down the field on the Middle East peace process, a process which is doubtless doomed as Netanyahu sees no point in Jewish settlers retreating. Netanyahu was viciously disagreeable toward Ariel Sharon when Sharon attempted to extricate 8,000 settlers from Gaza. With a stronger hand to play in 2019 as the U.S. president is enjoying higher polling numbers among Jewish voters thanks in large part to the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanction (or BDS) cause popular with the new generation of Democrats (partly due to the reality that as the Democratic Party becomes less and less white, there is far less emotional attachment to Israel than ever before within that party), Netanyahu is happy to assist Trump in assisting him with his problems in the Middle East. Trump's highly pro-Israel approach to the entire Middle East since his 2016 election has, according to New York Times
polling, helped him look better in certain places due to Jewish voters peeling off of a Democratic Party they view as recently increasingly hostile toward their interests.
The Middle East is presently in the middle of something of a cold war with the Israelis aligned with the Sunnis, chiefly through the diplomatic marriage between Tel Aviv and Riyadh as well as the Gulf States in general against the Shia superpower Iran and Iran's greatest "little sister," in a sense, in Syria with the Bashar al-Assad regime. The U.S.'s CIA actively aided Sunni militias and terror groups such as the al-Nusra Front, the Syrian satellite of al-Qaeda, during the Barack Obama presidency in order to form the front against Russian-Iranian-Syrian interests in the Mideast alongside Israel, Saudi Arabia, the U.A.E., Kuwait.
The U.S.'s brashest political figures such as Chris Christie were rather transparent regarding this four or so years ago as they peddled the concept of shooting down Russian planes over Syria. Hillary Clinton was also rather visibly obsessed with simply overthrowing the Assad regime in Damascus rather than contain or annihilate ISIS militants. Evidence emerged regarding ISIS' stance in Syria being impacted so greatly by Russia that U.S., British and French intelligence considered it likely that Russian assaults on ISIS in Syria in 2015 were the most potent lashing ISIS had received to that date. Francois Hollande was rather adamant regarding the precariousness of the situation, seeking to allow the French government to align more closely with Moscow over the threat of ISIS, but Clinton was almost perpetually counter-signaling this. Clinton argued in myriad Democratic presidential debates that the Russians were the gravest threat of all, declaring Vladimir Putin as being the worst actor in the region. Clinton declared--in the face of Libya, where today thanks to the 2011 intervention, hell has broken loose with a rogue's gallery of militias preparing for war with one another in a Hobbesian struggle for power: http://www.apnews.com/76313fb7c3654a1a9270bbd7b4bd96f2
--that she was seeking yet another variation of an "Arab Awakening," which dovetailed rhetorically with the U.S.'s efforts to supply those who were designated "moderate" Islamist rebels. Many of whom were fanatics and at the very least often affiliated with al-Qaeda and ISIS.
Yemen is the proxy war battleground for this conflict, as the Houthi rebels, Zaidi Shia, are backed by their fellow Shia in Tehran. The relationship between the Saudis and Israelis is rather perspicuous today. In a backhanded, circuitous way the bipartisan agreement to pull the plug on support for Saudi actions in Yemen is a stiff-arming of Israel, too, but in any event it is merely symbolic as Trump has vetoed it. To be sure, however, Trump, for all of his caginess in politics compared to the lightweight neoconservative imbeciles against whom he ran like Marco Rubio, has managed to allow himself to be guided in large part by a fellow in Kushner who is almost humorously unwise, given what is known about him.
Vicky Ward's book Kushner, Inc.: Greed. Ambition. Corruption. The Extraordinary Story of Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump
is more genuinely scandalously revealing than a single jot in the much-vaunted empty McDonald's hamburger called The Mueller Report. The people around the presidents matter as much as the presidents do, and Trump has sadly placed his daughter and her husband in ostensibly the uppermost echelons of his inner-circle. Crown Prince Mohammed's reforms plan was being cooked up as Kushner threw together the last touches of his Mideast Peace Plan. Saudi Crown Prince Mahammed bin Salman and Muhammad bin Zayed of Abu Dhabi reportedly, according to the book, refer to Kushner as the "clown prince" who can barely tie his shoelaces together. According to Mohammed bin Salman, as reported by Ward, Kushner resides in Salman's "pocket," all while Salman laughed behind Kushner's back to multiple sources. Both bin Salman and bin Zayed characterized Kushner's Mideast peace process plan as being a juvenile, puerile fantasy.