27 11 2018

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Trump, the Israelis, and the Neocons + Evangelicals are doing everything possible to keep the Saudi Crown Prince in power.  It’s more about the alliance with Israel which MBS has championed and the scheme to bring down Iran one way or another than anything else; for arms purchases and oil would continue under the alternative Saudi leaders whom the CIA and others much prefer.

“It’s as inconceivable as inconceivable gets to think that MBS [Saudi Crown Prince] is innocent.  MBS is someone who acts recklessly, who can’t be counted on, and who is quite frankly a danger to American interests and America’s national security and to regional stability in the Middle East.” 

But opposition in Congress, the media, and even such major think-tanks as Brookings from which the quote above comes, remains and MBS is likely to remain toxic and a pariah in many places and another major false step could do him in especially with others in the Royal Family prepared to pounce.



Haughty Saudis threaten everyone with “Red Line” and “Will Not Tolerate”

22 11 2018

Saudi Arabia has now threatened the world that any criticism of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is a “red line”.   Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said that calls for the crown prince to be held accountable for the grisly killing of Jamal Khashoggi would not be tolerated.

“In Saudi Arabia our leadership is a red line. The custodian of the two holy mosques (King Salman) and the crown prince are a red line,” Jubeir has declared.

Such thinking and threats in more personal form are in fact what they did before they killed Khashoggi, sawed apart his body, dissolved his remains in acid, and spend weeks with desperate cover stories and gross deceptions extraordinarily  trying to cover up what they had done to him in order to spread even more fear and silence among all Saudis.   Now they are publicly expanding their threats to the whole world!

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Trump’s Super Worst Adviser

19 11 2018

He advised Trump:

Let me meet with Russian agents — bringing on the election collusion charges,

Fire Comey — bringing on the Justice Dept Special Counsel investigation,

Move Jerusalem Embassy — ending the already on-life-support “Peace Process” and further inflaming Arab/Muslim attitudes,

Give top secret information to Saudi Crown Prince MBS — bringing on the arrests, torture, killings, and Khashoggi scandal,

Stand by MBS and it will blow over — bringing on the CIA and Congressional investigations.

And much if not all of what he did was aided and abetted by his life-long friend, Bibi Netanyahu and his dual allegiance with Israel.

It’s long past time for Trump to cut his son-in-law loose; and/or for the incoming Congress to insist Jared Kushner testify about these matters under oath and not be allowed to hide behind “executive privilege” as he in effect has been acting as Secretary of State and taking major advice if not ordered from a foreign power.

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Trump winning in defeat

18 11 2018

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‘A sword hanging over our heads’: Trump discovers new weapon against media.  The administration is drawing up rules for White House reporters’ behavior, and the president said if journalists don’t follow them, ‘we’ll end up back in court, and we’ll win.’

So headlines POLITICO and rightly so.  Trump is taking the recent court ruling ordering reinstatement of White House press access for CNN’s Jim Acosta into a sword against all journalists.   For the first time there will be written White House “rules of conduct” for accredited journalists telling them what they can’t do.  This will in fact force them to be more on guard, submissive, cowered than ever.   And in the future, based on this week’s court ruling, the court’s are likely to say if the stated rules are violated and “due process” followed the White House can revoke credentials.

All Guilty: MBS, KBS, Kushner, Jabeir

17 11 2018

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With the Trumpees, pushed by the Israelis, desperately trying to shield their man the Saudi Crown Prince MBS from falling, the CIA has asserted it’s independence clearly fingering MBS himself as the man who gave the kill Khashoggi order and who is himself a rogue.

But MBS isn’t the only guilty party and Khashoggi is hardly the only one tortured and killed by his henchman mafia-style…not to mention what he has done to genocide Yemen and beyond that with Qatar and Syria and colluding with Israel about war on Iran.

The Saudi Ambassador in Washington, MBS’s brother KBS, the former Saudi Ambassador now Foreign Minister Jubeir, and most significantly Trump’s son-in-law Kushner who not only helped bring KBS to power but gave him top secret information about who opposed him and thus license to at least arrest, intimidate and torture, are all part of the cover-up conspiracy if not worse.    They all should now fall.

Major Backlashes against Trump and America First

13 11 2018

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Individually and even more so together these developments are major and will greatly impact the U.S. role in the world and the basic welfare of Americans at home in the years to come:

  1.  The Europeans are asserting independence from the U.S. in defying Trump on Iran as well as Russia and now calling for their own independent army.
  2.  Major countries including China, Russia and India are ending reliance on the U.S. dollar for international trade.
  3. Within a decade the greatest item in the U.S. budget, even greater than all military spending, will be financing the whopping U.S. debt that Trump has caused to considerably expand.

Middle East Institute Bust

10 11 2018



(Washington – 9 Nov 2018)    It’s worse than ever!   Flush with tens of millions from the Arab regimes to build a new HQ  this year’s conference was quite a bust, though of course, like Trump, they are proclaiming success!   After 70 years and with the Middle East so central to U.S. foreign policy, with so much horror going on, and with a great regional war being prepared by the U.S.and top allies Saudi Arabia and Israel, few attend this boring and free gathering as MEI is actually less relevant than ever!   Imagine a Middle East conference in DC and there isn’t even a minor security check — I guess they rightly conclude no one would bother!    As usual the keynote speaker was a State Dept hack who gave a bland, contradictory, hypocritical, sometimes laughable speech, that didn’t even mention once the Palestinians and the “Peace Process”!    No mention of Israel Lobby and every speaker was friends with all the others so nothing controversial gets mentioned.   Enough said!   Here’s what I have written about MEI in recent years:

About The Middle East Institute in DC  

Washington – 7 July 2018    The MEI has a major very expensive rebuilding project underway largely funded by super rich Arabs “investing” their money in the American capital for propaganda and political gain.   MEI keeps asking its naive supporters to contribute but that’s just a smokescreen.   Last year I published two columns about MEI republished below:




Originally published 8/18/2017 –  Let’s sum things up after years of personal experience with THE MIDDLE EAST INSTITUTE in Washington:

MEI is a front for the Department of State, super-rich and corrupted Arab regimes, and the CIA. Recently secret payments from the UAE to MEI totaling more than $20 million have seeped into view. Years ago I served on
a prestigious year-long Panel co-sponsored by MEI and Atlantic Council on what should be U.S. policies in the Middle East. Mine was the only published dissent… for which I am far more proud today than at the time.



The DC Political Whorehouse known as MEI

(Washington – 10/30/2017)   Abuse and scandals are certainly not limited to Weinstein and Hollywood.  Indeed they are not limited to sexual matters.    Take the case of the Middle East Institute (MEI) in Washington DC for instance.

More and more in recent years MEI has become a political whorehouse trading “honors” and “favors” for big money.   Over and over royals from Saudi, UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman and beyond, along with business tycoons from Egypt and Jordan and beyond, have paid their way to getting awards at banquets and gatherings of one kind or another; and in some cases to kind of self-publishing their books with an MEI stamp of approval.

After decades of languishing in their aging N Street townhouse near Dupont Circle MEI is in the midst of a structural remake — largely funded by the largess of Arab royals and their cronies.   They claim to be raising funds from their dwindling and actually quite insignificant membership; but that’s just the cover story for all the big bucks which wreck of oil, blood, and weapons.

In some ways MEI is a kind of retirement home and reunion gathering place for State Department hacks, nearly always with a Former Ambassador — one already collecting government money for a cushy life in retirement — double-dipping with more salary and “expenses” from MEI.

But if MEI kept just playing that role one could overlook the rest and skip the nicknaming.   Truth be told many years ago I was personally asked by the then MEI President, Ambassador Dean Brown, to be on a year-long study group charged with issuing a major report about the past, present, and future of U.S. policies in the Middle East.   It was quite a prestigious group this very young journalist new to the ways of Washington joined back then for so many meetings with so many scholars and diplomats.   But even then I knew something was wrong with MEI; and so even then decades ago mine was the only dissent published in the major report issued jointly by MEI and The Atlantic Council.    Of course, lol, as I forecast in my dissent, they never invited me back.

In recent years, now under the frizzy leadership of Ambassador Wendy Chamberlain, MEI has started holding more policy meetings in order to use the internet to spread it’s largely U.S.Government/Arab States messaging and advocacy.  So that’s the reason for this little warning comment today to help people realize that MEI is both a State Department front organization — one using largely retired Foggy Bottom officials — as well as a kind of hired contractor for rich Arab regimes and those who hang out with them.