That $110 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia, turned out to be one fat lie.
Bruce Reidel, a member of the Brookings Institution, has written an article describing President Donald Trump’s recent claim to have sold $110 billion in arms to Saudi Arabia as “fake news.”
“I’ve spoken to contacts in the defense business and on the Hill, and all of them say the same thing: There is no $110 billion deal,” Reidel writes. “Instead, there are a bunch of letters of interest or intent, but not contracts.” Salon article
Anyway you want to paint this, Donald Trump tricked the world into thinking he had accomplished something that he didn’t. Such deception is one of Donald’s old tricks. Wielding this manipulative communications spear, Donald Trump attained his wealth, fame and now power.
The ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle, called it hyperbole, a grand overstatement – a tremendously fat lie, with a hint of truth. In his book Art of the Deal, Donald Trump cites “truthful hyperbole” as one of his rhetorical tools. He describes it as “an innocent form of exaggeration – and a very effective form of promotion.”
Here is a quote from his Art of the Deal.
“The final key to the way I promote is bravado. I play to people’s fantasies. People may not always think big themselves, but they can still get very excited by those who do. That’s why a little hyperbole never hurts. People want to believe that something is the biggest and the greatest and the most spectacular. I call it truthful hyperbole. It’s an innocent form of exaggeration—and a very effective form of promotion.”
Doesn’t that quote inject a little justification into some of Trump’s most bizarre actions. Trump once boasted that membership to the Trump National Golf Club was $300,000. Actually, the cost was $200,000. Trump once boasted that his new Trump International Hotel and Tower in Las Vegas had 1,282 units but they all sold out in less than a week. Actually, when he made that statement more than 300 units had not been sold. PoliticalHaze article
Remember when Trump was interviewed by Lester Holt about his firing of James Comey. This was the best quote from Trump of that interview.
“Dinner was arranged. I think he asked for the dinner.”
By using the words “I think”, Trump is suddenly immune from any legal damages. He isn’t saying he did or he didn’t ask Comey to dinner. As a result, he is able to skate away from that uncomfortable question without a scratch. Well done, President Trump!
All of this Saudi Arabia $115 billion dollar deal is just more smoke and mirrors. I’m sure plenty of Trumpkins will get mighty furious with this article. Before they utter those words ‘fake news’, please remember,
President Obama sold the kingdom $112 billion in weapons over eight years, most of which was a single, huge deal in 2012 negotiated by then-Secretary of Defense Bob Gates … With the fall in oil prices, the Saudis have struggled to meet their payments since. NYMag article
Why would our president commit such a treasonous act of deception on the very people that elected him to office?
Trump’s massive empire is all about image. Hotels around the world pay Trump to use his name on their advertising. Beyond the sight of of his name or his orange face, Trump has no affiliation with the hotel. It is all smoke and mirrors. Trump understood the real value of an accomplishment. An accomplishment is not as important as convincing the public that he made an accomplishment.
Bash the orange buffoon all you want, but Trump was right. When Trump allegedly signed this massive deal with Saudi Arabia, the story was the biggest one of the day. Every newspaper featured this deal on page one. But today, when it turns out that the deal was not true, the story maybe makes page five. Trump manages to get the celebration for achieving nothing. We are all his puppets.
Trump is a master of the media. His ex-wife said how every night, Trump would study Hitler’s book of speeches. He would practice Hitler’s use of metaphors, and how Hitler was able to identify with everyone who listened to his speeches. Trump tricked the world into thinking he did something admirable. When in fact, all he did was create a smokescreen.
All you need to do is look at the state of world affairs to know such a deal could not occur. Saudi Arabia is in a financial depression. Along with the cost of oil and the war with Yemen, Saudi Arabia simply could not afford the deal.
If anyone followed Trump on his world tour, they must have found his reception quite odd. Everywhere else in the world, including America, his presence was vehemently protested. As a result of millions of people signing a petition to ban our president, he isn’t even allowed in England.
Yet, his arrival in the Middle East was met with the gayest of celebrations. Little children tossed handfuls of rose petals every where he stepped. As Trump emerged from Air Force One in Riyadh, trumpeters played and jets flew overhead with red, white and blue smoke streaming through the sky. In addition, a long red carpet led from Air Force One to the airport terminal. NPR article
You’d think the Middle East would have been the one place in the world that Trump would not have been welcomed. After all, his entire campaign was devoted to reminding Americans how the Middle East was our enemy. You’d think quotes like this would have gotten people from the Middle East angry,
“We have a problem in this country; it’s called Muslims.”
“There were people over in New Jersey that were watching it, a heavy Arab population, that were cheering as the buildings came down. Not good.”
“We are not loved by many Muslims.”
Imagine a Middle Eastern leader saying those things about Christians. How do you think he would be welcomed in America?
Despite, such flagrant animosity, Trump had his best reception in the Middle East. I couldn’t tell you what arrangements were made, but I’m sure Trump was able to win their favor with some sort of business deal. Who cares what he says about my people, as long as he hands over some lucrative business arrangements!
Trump must have given them something real nice. Not only did the Middle East ignore his ugly and racist comments, but they agreed to participate in his half-ass $110 billion arms deal idea. Ironically, the Saudi Arabian city that welcomed Trump with such festivity, was where Osama Bin Laden was from. In addition, many of the 911 hijackers were from that region. Remember how close the Bush family was with the Bin Ladens? Trump would not be the first republican president to be making secret deals with wealthy Middle Eastern.
Nor, will he be the last.
Human right groups around the world try to block any weapons going to Saudi Arabia. For example,
Since the spring of 2015, Saudi Arabia has launched what campaigners described as a “devastating aerial campaign”, targeting areas crowded with civilians including schools, hospitals, weddings and markets.
Many of those attacks, which allegedly breach international law, used bombs and cluster munitions made in the UK, worth £3 billion to the UK economy over the past two years. Independent article.
Typically, US presidents apply sanctions on Saudi Arabia as a result of their genocidal destruction. By turning the other cheek, Trump’s nonchalant response, undoubtedly would be welcomed by Saudi Arabia.
The $110 price tag advertised by the Trump White House includes no actual contracts, no actual sales. Instead it is made up of a bundle of letters of intent, statements of interest and agreements to think about it. In other words, rather than a contract, it’s more like a wishlist: an itemized list of things the Saudis might be interested in if the price of oil ever recovers, if they start more wars and things the US would like to sell the Saudis. TalkingPointsMemo article
Doing something good is not nearly as important as making people think you did something good.