ELDER PATRIOT – While his political enemies are mired in collusion with the Deep State looking for evidence against President Trump that isn’t there, the president has used his first two days of his trip to Saudi Arabia to take the Middle East by storm.
The president followed his highly successful first day with a speech today demanding Arab leaders join in fighting terror or risk losing America’s support.
Trump has made it clear since he began his run for the presidency that American military help or foreign aid of any kind no longer comes without equal partnership in return.
The America First president challenged the assembled leaders:
“America is prepared to stand with you in pursuit of shared interests and common security but the nations of the Middle East have to decide what kind of future they want for themselves, for their country, and frankly for their families and for their children.
“It is a choice between two futures and it is a choice America cannot make for you.
“A better future is only possible if your nations drive out the terrorists and drive out the extremists.
“Drive them out. DRIVE THEM OUT of your places of worship. DRIVE THEM OUT of your communities. DRIVE THEM OUT of your Holy Land. And, drive them out of this earth.
President Trump went on to say, “our friends will never doubt our support and our enemies will never doubt our determination.”
“Above all America seeks peace not war. Muslim nations must be willing to take on the burden if we are to defeat terrorism and send its wicked ideology into oblivion.
“The first task in this joint effort is for your nations to deny all territory to the foot soldiers of evil.
“Every country in the region has an absolute duty to ensure that terrorists find no sanctuary on their soil.”
During his speech Trump told the assemblage of Arab leaders that starting immediately the United States “will make decisions based on real world outcomes, not inflexible ideology. We will be guided by the lessons of experience, not the confines of rigid thinking. And, wherever possible we will seek gradual reforms, not sudden interventions.
“We must seek partnership, not perfection and to make allies of all who share our goals.”
Make no mistake this was a shot at his predecessors, both Bush and Obama. And it represents an intentional reset of relations that is seriously overdue after the garbled Bush justification that resulted in our military forcing the will of America’s Deep State on the Middle East, and Obama’s apology tour that was followed by using our military might to buttress the growth of radical Islamic organizations and nation states.
Trump’s strategy places the responsibility of controlling radical Islamic terrorism squarely where it belongs, on the nation states where it has been allowed it to breed. It forces the leadership of each country to choose between moderate Sunni governance versus radical Shia governance and then to adhere to that decision.
No longer will Arab leadership make us their political pawn as they play both sides of the fence.
If we are called upon to intervene, President Trump has reserved the right to assess, at that time, whether it would be justified based on events on the ground.
Now it’s up to the Arab nations to stop playing politics and to clean up their houses.
George Bush said, “you’re either with us or you are against us.” Unfortunately it’s taken 16 years before a president had the balls to put some teeth into the Bush Doctrine.