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The White House has officially confirmed reports that President Biden will indeed be visiting Saudi Arabia in contradiction of his campaign vows to make the nation a “pariah” for its human rights violations, and everyone’s acting like visiting a murderous tyrant is somehow beneath the dignity of a US president.

“The President will then travel to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, which is the current chair of the GCC and the venue for this gathering of nine leaders from across the region, at the invitation of King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud,” the White House statement reads. “The President appreciates King Salman’s leadership and his invitation.  He looks forward to this important visit to Saudi Arabia, which has been a strategic partner of the United States for nearly eight decades.”

The president will meet with the nation’s de facto leader, Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, to discuss what the White House calls “means for expanding regional economic and security cooperation, including new and promising infrastructure and climate initiatives, as well as deterring threats from Iran, advancing human rights, and ensuring global energy and food security.”

But what they will primarily be discussing is oil, as the US flounders in its economic war against Russia.

This visit has ignited a lot of controversy, even in mainstream punditry where criticism of the US empire is only thinly tolerated.

“I wonder who will die because Biden decided to show the world that MBS can kill with impunity,” tweeted Project on Government Oversight’s Walter Shaub in reference to the Saudi leader’s assassination of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.

“I don’t understand why it’s necessary to go see MBS,” former presidential advisor David Gergen said on CNN. “Do you want one more big controversy? This one the left will come after him, because they think, the human rights crowd believes very strongly, and with justification, that the murder of Khashoggi rests heavily on MBS and the team around him.”

“His blood stain has not been cleansed,” Senator Tim Kaine told CNN. “And I get it that circumstances change. But what’s the fundamental issue in the world right now? It’s the authoritarians. You know, insistence ‘we’ll do it our way’ versus democratic ideals.”

“I have real worries about patching up relationships with the crown prince absent some real commitments for justice for political dissenters in Saudi Arabia and families that have already been the targets of a dizzying campaign of repression,” Senator Chris Murphy told CNN.

All this hand wringing about a US president visiting a Saudi leader overlooks the fact that the Biden administration openly acknowledges the presence of thousands of US troops in Saudi Arabia, and that the US already actively collaborates with Saudi royalty in myriad ways with immensely far-reaching consequences.

More to the point, though, the controversy over Biden’s meeting with MBS ignores the fact that the US is quantifiably a far more murderous and tyrannical regime than Saudi Arabia.

The United States is currently circling the planet with hundreds of military bases and waging wars which have killed millions and displaced tens of millions just since the turn of this century. Its sanctions and blockades have been starving people to death en masse every single day. It works to destroy any nation which disobeys its dictates by toppling their governments via CIA coups, proxy wars, partial and full-scale invasions, and the most egregious number of election interferences in the entire world.

Saudi Arabia cannot compete with those numbers. Riyadh exerts totalitarian control over its own populace and commits war crimes and funds violent extremists in its immediate surroundings. Washington does all of these things throughout the entire world. It is true that the US exports most of its tyranny and murderousness to other nations (though it certainly exerts plenty of it at home as well), but that only makes it less tyrannical and murderous if you believe non-American lives are worth less than American lives.

Saudi Arabia is not working to dominate the entire planet with an iron fist. Saudi Arabia is not threatening the life of everyone on earth by ramping up nuclear brinkmanship with both Russia and China. Mohammed Bin Salman had someone dismembered with a bone saw. Joe Biden manages a globe-spanning empire that is fueled by human blood.

It’s just so funny how everyone’s arguing about whether the single most murderous and oppressive regime on this planet should be sullying its good name by associating with a far lesser evil than itself. If anything, MBS should be embarrassed to be meeting with a US president.

In truth the US is friends with Saudi Arabia not in spite of the Saudi regime’s murderousness and depravity but exactly because of it. The US doesn’t oppose tyrannical dictatorships; it loves them. A totalitarian monarchy which operates in an immensely geostrategically crucial region with complete control and zero transparency is the most perfect friend a globe-dominating empire could possibly ask for.

If you believe a meeting between Biden and MBS is any kind of transgression of the US government’s values, it’s only because you haven’t looked closely enough and thought hard enough about what those values really are.


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26 responses to “MBS Sullies Saudi Arabia’s Good Name With Plans To Meet US President”

  1. Harry S Nydick Avatar
    Harry S Nydick

    A meeting between Biden and MBS is an exact illustration of the U.S. government’s values, the [polar opposite of any kind of transgression.

  2. Thank you once again for a slice of sanity in this insane world.

  3. Ted Christian Avatar
    Ted Christian

    “A totalitarian monarchy which operates in an immensely geostrategically crucial region with complete control and zero transparency is the most perfect friend a globe-dominating empire could possibly ask for.”

    Hadn’t quite realized that, thanks.

    And Re: bone saw- compare and contrast with the Hellfire R9X missile, which has six blades instead of one, and dismembers its victims alive.

  4. Oh – Come on now Caitlin. For Christ’s sake. Keep it real.

    “Sunni Moderates” – As former Secretary of State John Kerry frequently addressed them as.
    As did other Washington luminaries.
    The Saudi Government still posts details of their public executions – with swords and heads sliced off and lots of blood. Keeping old traditions alive! So others can die. Ain’t that nice?

    Trump so-called criminal investigations on Capital Hill – Fine Kabuki Theater.
    Trump’s a long standing business crook for sure. Joe Biden’s a long standing political crook for sure.
    Nothing WILL come of these hearings. Trump will not be charged, or charged with anything of consequence.
    Distractions from Democrat crimes – Check their dirty deals in Poor Old Ukraine.

    Check the crooks that are The Ukrainian Government. Expect some / lots? of fresh new US-UK imported weapons they sold off FOR CASHto pop up in Europe. Imagine how impressive a public terrorist event one could stage with a dozen Javelin shoulder launched missiles. Bank heist? Entire buildings collapsed?
    No slow news days there.

    Washington faces an Afghan Failure moment super-charged x 10 as the Russian Armed Forces slowly take The Ukraine back. They do not publish time tables.

    US-NATO-UK Ukraine failures dealt with here . . . The West is going down.

  5. Reply to Max’ post down below: I couldn’t agree more with that analysis, only adding to the characterization of the elites leading that global move that they are the same eugenicists (starting with Bill Gates and his father before him) who proliferated in the 20s and 30s and then became more discreet after the nazi experiment gave eugenics a bad name.
    However Julian Huxley (Brave New World author’s brother), who became the first director of the Unesco, was a pure product of that sociopathy, with his father a fervent admirer of H.G. Wells and social darwinism.
    Some interesting excerpts of these lunatics’ worldview can be found here:
    George-Bernard Shaw, albeit reputed for his sense of humour, was a firm proponent of that shit for a while going as far as to write: ““A part of eugenic politics would finally land us in an extensive use of the lethal chamber. A great many people would have to be put out of existence simply because it wastes other people’s time to look after them.”
    Others were just as bad:
    Let’s not forget that the English elites invented the concept of pedigree, purity of the race and that this was at the root of Cecil Rhodes’ imperialism.
    It’s obviously crossed the pond, giving birth to the concepts of “exceptionalism” and “manifest destiny” among the US elites.
    If these guys had existed and had had had their ways at the time, Ludwig van Beethoven, whose father was an alcoholic and mother had tuberculosis would never have been born :o)

  6. The sarcasm must have been dripping when you wrote that headline, Caitlin!

    I have a few additional thoughts:
    1. Will BIDEN bend over at the waist like his former Dear Leader OBAMA?
    2. Will BIDEN actually suggest that oil is a good thing? Or is only when the US buys oil from foreigners?
    3. How can anyone who sanctions the killings of foreigners complain about the death of Khashoggi?

  7. A 4 years ago King Salman, his son and about hundreds of cousins from the Saudi nobility spent 2 weeks in Saint Petersburg to talk with Putin. It was the first time since the US-UK Fourth Reich empire took that land from Turkey to King Abdullah’s father that the Saudi nobility spent 2 weeks to talk officially with a foreign president. Not even the US president, UK prime minister had such event.
    The current Russian special military operation in Ukraine was already being cooked since the Euro maidan in 2014. Putin perhaps foresaw all what he would have to do once the divorce between Russia and western world could take place. Russia said last year in Brussels to Joe Biden that they would not play the American game anymore. And today we can confirm that Russia does not bluff unlikely the US-UK Fourth Reich does all the time.
    In the last 30 years I saw the compulsive greedy American establishment aiming to become the European gas supplier. “We all take that from Russia”. I really hope they can make that dream real but as the collateral effects of ill-advised estrategies are taking place in the market this American dream to become richer than ever will eventually lead to an unprecedented nightmare. Summer is on and no European gas is being stashed for the next winter. Perhaps the nemesis of the US-UK-EU-Israel Fourth Reich is not Russia but themselves.

  8. Not a single corporate media maestro is even slightly concerned that the crown prince of Sandy Arabia had Kashoggi murdered. They are waxing sentimental and bebothered because Kashoggi was a carefully correct and circumspect corporate pseudo-journalist No Different from Them Dear Sweet Selfs, Oh Jeezuss.
    I mean, what kinda world are we living in when a feller can spend a career doing thinking saying writing No Thing that might offend or embarrass his corporate owners, and still get hisself kilt outright for embarrassing bad guys on another continent? What kinda world? It could happen to ANYbody! It might happen to ME!!

    That’s what the flap is about, and that’s All it’s about.

    1. It’s the bone saw really that shocked the world. As for the rest, one will get away with murder anywhere…

  9. While Vacancy Joe and Murderous Bull Shit cuddle, there’ll be no mention of throwing Yemen under the bus. Since Yemen’s already under the bus. They arent white or Christian y’see.

  10. the courtisans of the empire follow no principle or logic or values but do their clients’ dirty bidding. MBS is no angel but he drove Wall Street’s hos out of the kingdom’s corridors of power and immediately reached out to Iran for a renewed neighborly relationship. naturally, the zionist cabal have been targeting him personally as one of the main “public” enemies ever since, to pressure him and Saudi to change course.

  11. Killed millions. Shame on them. But when covid does it it’s cool AF.

      1. Thanks for the link.
        I expect to see this revelatory chart on the front page of the New York Times tomorrow.

        1. I’ve no doubt about that :o)

          1. This too:
            Unlikely to happen though cos’ not much dough in it. Best bet is to create pandemics that way and then follow up with “Hey, we happened to be working on a vaccine against that shit and it’s just been FDA approved. Lucky you!”

      2. Reply to Pascal:
        A vaccine/virus? What will they come up with next. Agree though, there doesn’t seem to be a monetary angle.
        You probably read this (courtesy of John Day), but I’ll link it again. It’s must a read piece, especially for skeptics like me.
        I’m in the camp that believes the powers that be took advantage of an accident. For years they have been kinda/sorta preparing for such an event, and the Wuhan lab leak caught them with their pants half down.
        I am no longer in that camp. At best I am in the grey area inbetween.

        1. Reply up there for space.

      3. Weaselly word games from a troll with the morals of a crack dealer.

        1. I agree—the government of Canada has moral leadership problems. And Trudeau is a weasel. But the “ word games” in the comment you are replying to are statistics—data provided by the government of Canada. The jabs are bad news—and now John, what say you? You okay with playing roulette with children?
          And don’t come up with some “FDA approval” crap—we know the trials were crap and the FDA is captured & corrupt, and kids stand a far greater chance of serious injury from the jab than they do from a case of covid. Healthy immune system measures are what children need—not fucking masks. Early treatment for respiratory illness is what anyone would need— not “stay at home until you have trouble breathing then come to the hospital so we can get kickbacks for protocols that kill.” Take your Pfizer if you want. But keep it the hell away from our children.

  12. It would be the topic of a fine joke if not true.
    US-UK Fourth Reich empire weapons for sale just for Progressive tyrants who believe in “deterrence”, “facial masks” and climate change.
    1) at least one journalist murdered in the last 2 years;
    2) at least one genocide campaign in development;
    3) at least one terrorist group associated with the government;
    4) at least one rigged election in the last 4 years;
    5) at least one MSM outlet CIA affiliated;
    6) at least one well-known pedophile priest or politician not held accountable per year;
    7) F1, Golf, NFL, MLB, Climate Change events just for Lockheed Martin & “friends”.

  13. US business likes natural resources at a better price than they’d get from democracies. Fewer to bribe with authoritarians and much cheaper than occupation.

  14. I wonder which writings from our time will be uncovered and read in the distant future, or how will our times will be remembered.
    Electronic media might not survive, so the future sentient beings might still read our old stone carvings.

  15. Advancing Human Rights, what are they going to do burn and eat a virgin?

  16. jerry fischer Avatar
    jerry fischer

    sticks and stones repurposed : Everything You Need to Know About Uranium

    Since the German chemist Martin Heinrich Klaproth identified uranium in 1789, atomic number 92 has become one of the most troubling substances on the planet.

    how does this happen that consolidation of power first-&-foremost compels those commanding resources use their prerogatives to invest in explosives that decimate and demolish human infrastructures, cultural institutions and civic legal organizations _ _ detonating firepower far beyond what suffering already exists is bearable, much-less tolerable. Deploy lethal weapons to populations FOR FREE and meet citizens trigger-friendly whether concealed-carry law-abiding citizens or awaiting a permit to … are we having fun yet?

    1. That will depend on whether independent free thinking exist that encourages, supports, and promotes adult responsibility that practices behaviors based upon self-accusing thinking embraces critical introspection and cultivates a growth mindset purposed for justice.

      If the trends towards BRCCS (Blind Ridiculous Conformity Complicity Syndrome) are successful, the same unreasonable, reasoning will exist. Humans will accept absurdities and participate in atrocities, with a fixed mindset. The mindsets behavior will transfer into the the areas of Human activity, and the technology for the time.

      The same lies of “royalistic authoritarianism,” that oppresses will prevail, along with conditioned corrupted thinking, and cognitive dissonance, that accepts a perpetual conditioned helplessness, just as one who is indolent, enjoys the stench of one’s own urine in a wet bed of his own production, that is indicative of lazy thinking.

      If the trends towards BRCCS, (Blind Ridiculous Conformity Complicity Syndrome) are unsuccessful, then Humans will actively engage to embrace adult responsibility and take it upon themselves to behave within that context so that ALL Humans will enjoy efficiently productive, prosperously profitable and Peaceful coexistence, which stem from mature thoughts, discussion, and actions.

      There is much work to be done. Especially as it concerns clear thinking that is broadly deep and dynamic purposed for justice.

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