Nearly a year ago on May 14, 2018, President Trump’s delegation was in Israel celebrating the relocation of the U.S. embassy from Tel-Aviv to the disputed and divided city of Jerusalem. On that same day, Israeli army snipers reportedly shot and killed 58 Palestinian protesters and wounded another 1,350.

More recently, Trump vetoed a bill to limit U.S. arms sales to our other “close ally” in the Middle East, Saudi Arabia. This bill would have limited the U.S. weapons flow that has assisted the Saudis in their death and destruction campaign in Yemen. Subsequent to that veto, and the successful Saudi elimination of a Washington Post journalist, the Saudi dictatorship ordered the beheadings of 37 men in a single day (April 23, 2019), reportedly based on tortured confessions and mass trials.

Now, Bolton, Pompeo and Trump have designated the army of another country as terrorists, perhaps laying the groundwork for yet another war, this time on Iran. If so, who will benefit from such a war: the American people, the Iranian people, the Israelis, the Saudis? Certainly, the arms industry would benefit, but who will foot the bill and who will do the suffering?

William Rice

Randolph Center

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"This bill would have limited the U.S. weapons flow that has assisted the Saudis"

Geeze, this reminds me of Eric Holder and his sale of weapons to the drug lords south of our border, boy that really went well :-/

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