The Saudi royal family is in dire straits. Petroleum income is in steep decline, which means that the government may not have the funding to quell local uprisings and calm the poor masses. Radical Muslim groups such as ISIS and al Qaida have gotten stronger, and the most pious of the Islamic sects have little respect for the Saudi family and their commitment to Islam. Trump sees an opportunity to have a more level playing field with this Middle Eastern “ally,” though some take exception.
Myles Hoenig made these remarks in an interview with Press TV on Sunday while commenting on Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump’s recent statement about Saudi Arabia.
Speaking at a campaign rally in Racine, Wisconsin, on Saturday, Trump denounced America’s protective relationship with Saudi Arabia.
The billionaire businessman told supporters that the US should be reimbursed by the countries it provides protection, especially those with vast resources such as Saudi Arabia, a top oil exporter.
“We take care of Saudi Arabia. Now nobody’s going to mess with Saudi Arabia because we’re watching them,” he said. “They’re not paying us a fair price. We’re losing our shirt.”
In his earlier remarks, Trump said, “Saudi Arabia is going to be in big trouble pretty soon. And they’re going to need help.”
Hoenig said “Trump’s understanding of many of the issues is incredibly juvenile, as he is with Saudi Arabia.”
“Trump is a businessman; whether he’s good at it or not is irrelevant. But he does see everything related to foreign policy as a business venture. That’s one of the many ironies,” he noted.
The analyst said Trump “criticizes US foreign policy as if he’s on the left, as if he’s with the Green Party. When he talks of Saudi Arabia being pretty much a client state of the US, he speaks an honesty that not even the Democrats would dare to speak.”
“What Trump only cares about is a dollar exchange for a commodity and how the US can come out ahead. He is correct that Saudi Arabia is in trouble. But to him, it’s only about the price of oil and the level of dependency the US and others have on it,” he continued.
“Nowhere in his understanding of happenings or knowledge of events in that country would he even consider that the royal family is teetering on the edge of collapse, with the possibility of internal dissent, whether it comes from within the royal family or the masses who live in poverty and are waiting for their Arab Spring, which Saudi Arabia had been so successful in suppressing in other countries, as well as brutalizing the people of Yemen for their internal struggles,” the activist observed.
Hoenig is a typical state department analyst so he is constantly moving the chess pieces around. Trump is a businessman, and he recognizes that we have been patsies for too long. We protect Saudi Arabia from a number of threats, including Iran.
In the past, Iran was checked by Iraq, and so was not as aggressive as now. Now that Saudi Arabia has outside threats such as Iran, and internal threats such as surging masses in poverty who resent the royals, as well as fundamentalist Muslim sects in Saudi Aravia who resent the corrupt Saudi family.
The U.S. is in a position to demand a bit more from Saudi Arabia. We are one of the main protectors of the kingdom and the status quo, and perhaps we learned our lesson in Iraq where taking out the strong and corrupt Saddam Hussein opened up a Pandora’s Box of problems and Islamic chaos throughout the Middle East. And so we return to Donald Trump, who thinks it is time for Saudi Arabia to be a bit more generous with the United States.