Yemen war: Vote in US Senate delivers rebuke to Trump Reply

This is big news. Apparently, the political class in Congress is siding with the interests of the media class (the left-wing of capitalism) and these have diverged from the priorities of the Trump administration, which is clearly more concerned with the interests of the Israeli and Saudi regimes, and their domestic associates in the United States such as AIPAC, Exxon, and the armaments industry (the right-wing of capitalism).

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A child suffering from malnutrition in war-ravaged Yemen, 21 November

The US Senate has advanced a measure to withdraw American support for a Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen, in a blow to President Donald Trump.

Many senators are unhappy with Mr Trump’s response to the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defence Secretary Jim Mattis had urged senators not to back the motion, saying it would worsen the situation in Yemen.

However, senators voted 63-37 to take forward the bipartisan motion.

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White House Desperate to Rein in Saudi ‘Loose Cannon’: US Analyst Reply

Watch the full interview here.

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – An American political analyst said the White House now views Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman as a “loose cannon” who has turned into an “international liability”, adding that Washington is trying to keep a tight rein on him.

White House Desperate to Rein in Saudi ‘Loose Cannon’: US Analyst

“Well, I think there is a number of issues going on. First of all, we have to understand the relationship between Saudi Arabia and the United States. Saudi Arabia is probably one of the United States’ closest allies in the Middle East along with Israel. And Saudi Arabia is also a major export market for American armaments. Recently, there was a multibillion-dollar arms deal between the United States and Saudi Arabia and this is a major boom to American arms manufacturers. This is essentially a foreign export market for armaments that is underwritten by the American government. So, there are a lot of vested interest who want to preserve this relationship,” Keith Preston, the chief editor of AttacktheSystem, told Tasnim.

The United States and Saudi Arabia are connected at every level, he added.

Referring to the situation in Yemen, Preston described it as serious.

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Keith Preston: Trump went off-script, exposed Saudi-Israel alliance 1

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US President Donald Trump’s remarks on Saudi Arabia’s importance for Israel prove right longtime speculation about Riyadh’s secret alliance with Tel Aviv, American political analyst Keith Preston says.

Faced with international pressure to hold Riyadh responsible for murdering dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Trump has argued that punishing the kingdom hurts the US more as it would alienate the key Middle East ally and jeopardize billions of dollars in arms sales.

But the biggest reason, as he told reporters on Thursday, was the risk that losing Saudi Arabia’s services would pose to Israel.

“Israel would be in big trouble without Saudi Arabia,” Trump said after a Thanksgiving Day telephone call with military personnel from his Mar-a-Lago resort home in Florida.

“If you look at Israel, Israel would be in big trouble without Saudi Arabia,” he added. “So what does that mean, Israel is going to leave? You want Israel to leave? We have a very strong ally in Saudi Arabia.”

The President said the Saudis were “tremendously helpful” in the region as they also helped keep oil prices down.

Preston, chief editor of attackthesystem.com, said the remarks corroborated previous reports about growing ties between Saudi Arabia and Israel.

“Trump is unusual for an American president in that he frequently goes off-script and says things that are unusually candid,” Preston told Press TV on Friday.

The analyst said while many people seemed to think that Riyadh and Tel Aviv were enemies, Trump’s statement proves that they are not.

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Democrats Should Stop Pretending to Oppose Saudi Government Tyranny (Re: Khashoggi) Reply

Saudi Arabia sucks. Period.

“You said nothing as homosexuals were tossed off buildings, as women were stoned for being raped, or as dissidents were harassed or assaulted. Stop with the crocodile tears over the White House Khashoggi statement, stop being opportunists about the death of a journalist.”

Keith Preston: US begins to view Saudi Arabia as a liability 1

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The United States is beginning to view Saudi Arabia as a “liability” that could complicate international relations, says a political analyst in Virginia.

“The policymakers in the United States have apparently decided that the Saudis have become too much of a liability and are trying to rein in some of the excessive behavior of the Saudis,” said Keith Preston, chief editor and director of Attackthesystem.com.

“The level of state repression that exists in Saudi Arabia is very extreme and always has been. That’s well known,” he said.

The CIA has concluded that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the gruesome murder of dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul last month, The Washington Post reported.

Sources close to the spy agency said it had assessed the evidence in detail.

The Washington Post, which Khashoggi worked for, said the CIA assessment was based partly on a phone call made by the crown prince’s brother, Khalid bin Salman, the Saudi ambassador to the US.

Prince Khalid allegedly called Khashoggi, an outspoken critic of bin Salman, at the direction of his brother and told him to go to the Saudi diplomatic mission while giving him assurances that he would be safe there. Khashoggi, 59, was killed in the consulate in Istanbul on October 2. His body has not been found.

“It’s always been known that the Saudi Arabia murders political dissidents,” Preston said, adding, “so it’s not that anything unusual has happened.”

What came as a shock to US officials is that the Saudis murdered a political dissident that happened to live in the United States and wrote for The Washington Post and other major American newspapers, the analyst pointed out.

“It’s been very difficult for the Saudis to simply slip this under the rug,” he said.

Khashoggi’s murder has also brought the world’s attention to the Saudi war crimes in Yemen, where about 56,000 Yemenis have been killed since the start of the war in 2015.

This file photo taken on October 06, 2018 shows a Yemeni child suffering from malnutrition being weighed at a treatment center in a hospital in the capital Sana’a. (Photo by AFP)

Preston said the Saudi war has created such a serious international crisis that the American media and policy makers can no longer simply ignore.

A bipartisan group of US senators introduced a bill Thursday that would halt US arms exports to Saudi Arabia as a response to the “barbaric” murder of Khashoggi and the “indiscriminate” bombing of Yemen.

Eight million people are affected by severe food shortages in Yemen and up to 14 million — or half of its population — are at risk of famine, UN officials have warned.

 

Keith Preston: Saudi, UAE, US behind Recent Terrorist Attack in Iran Reply

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – An American political analyst said the triangle of Saudi Arabia, the UAE and the US was behind the recent terrorist attack in Iran’s southwestern city of Ahvaz, adding that Saudi Arabia has been consistently involved in providing support for terrorist activities across the region.

Saudi, UAE, US behind Recent Terrorist Attack in Iran: US Analyst

“It is quite likely that the perpetrators of the attack have received support from Saudi Arabia. This would certainly be in keeping with Saudi Arabia’s past history in the region,” Keith Preston, the chief editor and director of attackthesystem.com, told Tasnim in an interview.

He added, “A likely strategy that Saudi Arabia and the UAE are pursuing is to increase the hostilities toward Iran to the point that the United States will engage in military intervention against Iran, and on behalf of the (Persian) Gulf states.”

The following is the full text of the interview.

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Keith Preston: US government complicit in Saudi crimes in Yemen Reply

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The administration of US President Donald Trump’s unconditional support for Saudi Arabia despite the kingdom’s many crimes in Yemen makes Washington a complicit in the onslaught, says an American analyst.

Keith Preston, director of the Attackthesystem.org, made the remarks during an interview with Press TV about the White House’s continued backing of the Saudi-led military aggression against Yemen despite international outrage.

Earlier this week, as the months-long offensive by the Saudis and their regional allies to capture Yemen’s important port city of al-Hudaydah continued, Saudi commanders announced Wednesday that they had been able to block two key supply routes into the city, The Washington Post reported.

That was bad news for millions of people in Yemen who are struggling with hunger and deadly cholera outbreaks, as the city acts as a gateway for 70 percent of food and medicine supplies sent to the conflict-ridden country.

This is while the Saudi-led coalition has had the port city under aerial and maritime blockade since the beginning of the war in March 2015.

Despite all this, however, the Trump administration certified to Congress on Tuesday that the Saudis and their allies were “making every effort to reduce the risk of civilian casualties.”

The official notice was required for the Pentagon to be allowed to continue delivering weapons and intelligence to Riyadh despite the international view that civilians have now become the main target of the war.

“The American government is completely complicit in this in the sense that the American government, who is not only the world’s primary backer of the Saudi regime in terms of money, weapons and diplomatic support, but the United States has actually given the green light to Saudi Arabia and the UAE for the war in Yemen,” Preston told Press TV.

Referring to reports that US military forces are working closely with their American peers on the battlefront, the analyst said the cooperation was part of an Israeli-American plan to “undermine the influence of Iran in the region and by extension nations that are aligned with Iran.”

“This is a humanitarian catastrophe and the United States has escalated the humanitarian issue by attempting to restrict aid to Yemen as well,” he said, calling the situation in Yemen as one of the “most serious human rights problems in the world today.”

The War on Qatar That Almost Happened 1

By Daniel Larison

The American Conservative

Alex Emmons reports that the Saudis and their allies intended to invade and take over Qatar last year, but pressure from Tillerson prevented this from happening:

The Intercept has learned of a previously unreported episode that stoked the UAE and Saudi Arabia’s anger at Tillerson and that may have played a key role in his removal. In the summer of 2017, several months before the Gulf allies started pushing for his ouster, Tillerson intervened to stop a secret Saudi-led, UAE-backed plan to invade and essentially conquer Qatar, according to one current member of the U.S. intelligence community and two former State Department officials, all of whom declined to be named, citing the sensitivity of the matter.

If this report is correct, it confirms that the Saudis and Emiratis are even more reckless than we already knew them to be.

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Sheikh Nimr’s Execution Proof of Saudi Regime’s Genocide Policy against Shiites Reply

A recent interview I did with Tasnim.

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The following is the full text of the interview. Available here.

Tasnim: Recently, Saudi troops fatally shot a youth during operations carried out in the kingdom’s Shiite-populated Qatif region in Eastern Province. He was killed while driving in his car in the town of al-Awamiyah. What is your take on the kingdom’s continued crackdown on  Shiites?

Preston: The current treatment of the Shiite citizens of Saudi Arabia is an escalation of the longstanding Saudi practice of severe repression against the Shiite community. The Shiites are approximately 10-15% of the Saudi population and are concentrated heavily in the Eastern Province. The Shiites face serious discrimination in virtually every area of Saudi society including employment, education, access to government services, the military, and freedom of religious practice. Recently, Shiites have been subjected to random shootings by the Saudi state security forces simply for leaving their homes. Shiite neighborhoods have been targeted for demolition, and Shiites are rarely allowed to build mosques of their own. Saudi repression of the Shiites has continued to escalate because of the Saudi regime’s desire to completely eliminate Shiite influence or the Shiite presence in the region. The domestic repression against Shiites is taking place in Saudi Arabia for the same reason that Saudi Arabia is waging war against the Shiite community in Yemen. These actions are all part of an orchestrated plan of genocide that is being carried out by the Saudi regime.

Tasnim: Saudi media accused him of “carrying out terrorist acts” against the regime. This is while he was identified as a regular citizen. It seems that Riyadh is after the silent genocide of all Shiites in the Arabian Peninsula. What do you think?

Preston: The genocide that is taking place against the Shiites in Saudi Arabia as well as in Yemen is rooted in two primary objectives. One is the ambition of the House of Saud to eliminate any influence of Iran in the region. It is Iran that is the primary bulwark against efforts by Saudi Arabia to gain complete hegemony in the Persian Gulf region. The Saudi regime believes that committing genocide against the Shiites will undermine the influence of Iran. The other objective involves the ambition of the Wahhabi clerics in Saudi Arabia to achieve a complete domination of religious life in the region while eliminating those who practice other faith traditions. The combined geopolitical ambitions of the House of Saud and the religious ambitions of the Wahhabi clerics have led to a genocidal attack on Shiite people in the region.

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President Trump’s ‘Friends’ in Saudi Arabia Reply

Isn’t it interesting that the two greatest allies of the US are an ethno-supremacist state and a Bronze Age theocracy?
By Andrew Bacevich
The American Conservative

In the long arc of history, while regimes come and go, civilizations endure. Bet on the former against the latter, and you’re taking one helluva gamble. The House of Saud is a regime, a dynastic enterprise masquerading as a nation-state. Iran, by contrast, is the modern incarnation of an ancient civilization. The antagonism between the two is deep-seated, genuine, and destined to persist.

How the United States found itself aligned with the former against the latter is a story fraught with miscalculation, folly, and hubris. Taken as a whole, it’s our version of Lawrence of Arabia, albeit without a charismatic protagonist on which to hang the tale. Our own equivalent of T. E. Lawrence would be an in-over-his-head mischief-maker like Graham Greene’s fictional Alden Pyle, albeit relocated from Indochina to the Persian Gulf. Imagine a composite figure combining the signature traits of Kermit Roosevelt, Oliver North, and Max Boot, and you have the makings of an epic of sorts, even if shorn of the wide-angle grandeur that was a hallmark of David Lean’s film.

Saudi Arabia qualifies as an American friend and ally in precisely the same sense as does the state of Israel. In both countries, cold calculation rather than warm regard governs attitudes toward the United States. Each faces a list of national security challenges longer than it can comfortably handle on its own. Over several decades, in hopes of mitigating those challenges, each has worked assiduously to cultivate a close relationship with Washington.

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Keith Preston: Wahhabi elements from Saudi Arabia supported 9/11 attacks 2

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Although the official US narrative on the September 11, 2001 attacks does not give away the real perpetrators behind the operation, it can be safely assumed that “Wahhabi” elements from Saudi Arabia provided direct support to them, says an analyst in Virginia.

Keith Preston, director of the attackthesystem.com, made the remarks while discussing new evidence in a lawsuit that holds Saudi Arabia responsible for the attacks that killed more than 3,000 people 16 years ago.

The lawsuit alleges that the Saudi embassy in Washington paid for two Saudi nationals, living undercover in the US as students, to fly from the city of Phoenix to Washington “in a dry run for the 9/11 attacks” two years before their occurrence, the New York Post reported on Saturday.

 

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Keith Preston: Wahhabi Ideology behind Shiite Genocide in Saudi Town Reply

Tasnim News Agency

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TEHRAN (Tasnim) – An American political analyst described the extremist Wahhabi ideology dominant in Saudi Arabia as a driving force behind the killings of Shiites in the kingdom’s besieged town of Awamiyah in the Qatif region.

“The Wahhabi ideology is very convenient for the Saudis because while the Saudi regime is primarily motivated by geopolitical concerns, and expanding its own political influence in the region, the Wahhabi ideology creates a pretext for these massacres of the Shiite people in Yemen and Qatif,” Keith Preston, the chief editor and director of attackthesystem.com, told the Tasnim news agency.

 

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