The Islamic Nation Of Saudi Arabia Is Now Praising Trump For His Attack On Syria

By Theodore Shoebat

The Islamic nation of Saudi Arabia is now praising Donald Trump for his attack on Syria, as we read in one report:

Saudi Arabia was quick to endorse the American cruise missile attack on the Syrian air base responsible for the horrendous chemical massacre in Idlib. Saudi expectations of future American steps to unseat Bashar al-Assad are likely to be extravagant.

 The Saudis have wanted Washington to get rid of Assad for years. Riyadh believes the Assad dynasty is the key to Iranian influence in the Levant. In the 1980s the Saudis tried to get then-President Ronald Reagan to oust Bashar’s father, Hafez al-Assad, and in the 1990s they hoped Washington would entice Damascus away from Tehran by a peace agreement with Israel on the Golan Heights. Neither strategy worked, but both relied on American heavy lifting to do the job. Both expected Washington to be capable of delivering more than it could. That is a common feature of Saudi foreign policy: to expect the United States to be all powerful.When the Arab Spring came to Syria, the Saudis hoped an Afghan-style mujaheddin war with covert Saudi and American support would do in the Assads and the Iranians. Riyadh spent billions on the rebels, but Assad is stronger today than at the onset of the rebellion. The Saudis were deeply disappointed by President Barack Obama’s vacillation on his approach toward Syria.

The Saudi kingdom now is encouraged that President Donald Trump’s administration shares their enmity with Iran. Trump’s decision to sell F16s to Bahrain — the kingdom’s closest client state — despite human rights concerns was welcomed in Riyadh as a sign Washington finally understands that Iran is the source of instability on the island. The Saudis are looking for a free hand in Yemen and American support for an attack on Yemen’s port of Hodeidah. They expect human rights and gender equality issues to be off the table, but more sanctions on Iran are welcomed.

King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud spent considerable energy at the Arab summit in Amman seeking to secure pan-Arab opposition to Assad and Iran, even trying to coax Iraq away from its Shiite partner. Earlier this year he traveled to Indonesia, China and Japan to press an anti-Iran agenda.

Saudi commentators were alarmed when US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and UN Ambassador Nikki Haley said Trump was abandoning the Obama administration’s public demand that Assad must go. An important editorial noted that the Trump administration’s big defeats on health care and immigration issues suggested his team might be simply incompetent and thus unlikely to fulfill Gulf Arabs’ high hopes for defeating Iran. The editorial even warned that impeachment over whether the president colluded with Russia to subvert the American democratic process is unlikely but not impossible, so the Arabs should avoid putting all their hopes on Trump.

The cruise missile strikes should give the Saudis more confidence that the Trump administration is competent, capable and even decisive. But it will also raise expectations. The royal family will expect an American strategy to get rid of Assad sooner rather than later. More military strikes against Syrian regime targets and the Iranians are what the Saudis want to see. The Russian presence is a complicating factor, but in Riyadh’s eyes it should not give Moscow a veto over steadily more aggressive attacks on Assad’s forces, the Iranians and Hezbollah. More arms for the opposition is a priority for the Saudis.

Aside from money, the Saudis have little to add to a campaign against the Assad regime and its Iranian supporters in Syria. The kingdom is bogged down in Yemen, and the Royal Saudi Air Force has its hands full with bombing the Houthi rebels and the forces loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh. Saudi air defenses are absorbed in stopping missile attacks on Saudi cities from Yemen. Also, the kingdom has been very averse to using its ground forces — either the regular army or the Saudi Arabia National Guard — inside Yemen and is even less likely to send them to the more distant Syria. Saudi intelligence is very good at fighting terrorism at home but has no experience in covert military activities like Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Quds Force.

So, the kingdom has to rely on the American card. The royal family will raise money, but it can’t do much more for the cause in Syria given its enormous commitment to the Yemeni adventure in which King Salman and his favorite son, Defense Minister Deputy Crown Prince Muhammed bin Salman, have stacked all their credibility on.

The kingdom has been deeply frustrated for years that, in their eyes, the Iranians have been the principal beneficiary of American policy in Iraq and Syria. They blame Presidents George W. Bush and Obama for not understanding the region and naively giving Iran too much influence. They have seen their own interests diminished since 2003, as Iran has grown stronger in Baghdad and Damascus.

If the cruise missile attack is a one-off and not followed by more aggressive American military action, Riyadh will be bitterly disappointed. It will still cooperate on confronting Iran in the Gulf and in Yemen, but its high hopes that someday, somehow, America will rid Syria of Assad will be again crushed. If the administration is loose in its rhetoric about how far it is prepared to go in Syria in getting Assad out, its words will come home to haunt the relationship with the kingdom.

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  • And, this ladies and gentlemen, is why the Shoebat have long argued that it is the Saudi who is the woman of Revelation 17. The Saudi has consistently ranked in the top for human rights violation and here is America doing business with the Saudi.

    Of course the Saudi would praise Trump.

    But, this statement here, “If the administration is loose in its rhetoric about how far it is prepared to go in Syria in getting Assad out, its words will come home to haunt the relationship with the kingdom.”

    Oh, dear me, the kingdom has no idea what is a-coming to them.

  • Ceirwyn

    well, duh, it’s an indirect shot at Turkey. No love lost there.

  • Grandmere

    Kudos to you for including Princess Ivanka. Unelected, but I suspect very experienced in getting exactly what she wants, when she wants it, from whomever she wants it.

    • Julie

      I am now reading on Drudge that our country is going to take out Assad…put a post out there that now the Christians will suffer…no response yet.

  • Michael Powell

    Any word on the real story behind the San Bernardino school shooting the other day? The timing just seems too coincidental to me to be anything other than a “planned” attack.

    • Estranged husband killing his wife over an alleged affair. The children were unfortunately killed.

      • Michael Powell

        It’s sad.

      • Grace Ziem

        There were some reports of one or more other gunmen; I am not sure the whole truth has come out..?Was it easier for them to blame a dead pastor?.

  • It’s sad isn’t it!

  • Tzione

    And…they’re all mysteriously agreeing to recognize Israel,all of a sudden?? “When they say “Peace & Safety”,sudden destruction will come upon them”…??

  • paulette barrow

    That had already been set up by obama

  • HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!

    Oh goodness, just when I need comedic relief, you provided it!

    Lady, you are many thing, but smart ain’t it.

  • You know any ‘geography’ Pam?

    Saudi Arabia sits on many water; Persian Gulf, Red Sea and with the extension of Arabia to Oman and Yemen it also sits on the Indian Ocean.

    Remember the verses I sent you where it says “Babylon is fallen is fallen” from Isaiah 21 where it also says that this Babylon is “Arabia”? This “Arabia” is ancient Arabia and it literally sits on many seas.

    You have said that you were interested in the Word of God.

    You were not telling the truth.

    For if you were telling the truth, you would have explained Isaiah 21.

    When was “Arabia” destroyed?

    When was Dummy destroyed?

    This has not happened yet.

    So either Isaiah lies or you lie.

    Which is it?

    • I now expect for her to hit back with sophism.

  • So stupid. You say that Vatican sits on “multitudes, nations, and tongues” but would acquit Mecca which it too sits on multitudes, nations, and tongues?

    Over a billion Muslims face Mecca, obtains their deliverance when they go to the Kaaba which is literally decked with gold and silver with statements of blasphemy.

    It is a harlot and it even has a silver encased vagina.

    It has a robe from pure silk.

    It denies Father and Son.

    Antichrist must deny Father and Son.

    Vatican doesn’t.

    Scripture mentions Arabia s Babylon in Isaiah 21. Rome is the “city of saints” in the Bible. Literally mentioned by name. Read Romans.

    Checkmate, Jesus style grasshopper.

    Now please, do not run back here stating that you were ‘insulted’ for you come in here to insult all of us slandering and blaspheming.