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Weekend Update on SNL put it best:  

"President Trump is scheduled to give a speech about islam in Saudi Arabia. Which is kind of like Mike Pence giving a toast at gay wedding."

Just to be clear, on the same week Iranians overwhelmingly voted for reforms, we rewarded that by joyously embracing a new arms buildup by their rival (in a country with a far more radical population I might add...although most Americans are ignorant of that fact). When the US is presented with a golden opportunity we take the road of more instant cash for defense contractors and escalating of tensions. I do agree with Trump that radical extremism is a problem that cannot be ignored, but the idea that one side (Sunni) is good is how this comes across. We should be supporting and encouraging moderates wherever they appear, not arming authoritarians.

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From Lebanon to Iraq to Yemen, Iran funds, arms and trains terrorists, militias and other extremist groups that spread destruction and chaos across the region

And Saudi Wahhabism has been a force for good across the region? How many Iranians were on those planes on 9/11 exactly? Or was it Iraqis, I get so confused.

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The only "problem" with Iran is that they will not let the US control them.

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In his speech Trump call for driving the terrorist out ? What ever happen to the rhotic of bombing the hell out them. Trump now prefers to drives them out now. Does that mean that 150 billion arms deal includes Taxi ? That right that must be Trump early Alzimers is effecting his ability to analyse, memorise and to communicate.

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early Alzimers is effecting his ability to analyse, memorise and to communicate

I'll take your word for it!

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as it is Iran is an avowed enemy of the US and is a state sponsor of terror throughout the region and beyond.

Any American who makes this claim is seriously deluded as to their own country's actions throughout the world.

At least now the US will get billions in trade and investment from the Saudis. Obama

Further destabilizing the region, and causing more anger towards the US (and unfortunately the west in general).

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Obama just turned over pallets of cash

that the US legally owed Iran.

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that the US legally owed Iran.

You kind of have to forgive the right for not knowing this. They aren't told this in the bubble. The bubble-media leaves out this pertinent fact because it destroyed their narrative about Obama.

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How in the world did america lose its sovereignty and have to bend over for the same individuals that have the worst human rights record and are responsible somehow for 9/11?

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How in the world did america lose its sovereignty and have to bend over for the same individuals that have the worst human rights record and are responsible somehow for 9/11?

Hereafter known as 'Trumping'.

Example: After their child was killed, they trumped and re-wrote their will to leave all their assets to the murderer

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@wolfp Obama just turned over pallets of cash and moved the central power in the ME to Iran.

That statement's a distortion of what happened, or somewhere between alt right fake news and outright lie.

@fredivic How in the world did america lose its sovereignty

Hasn't completely lost it; your man Putin doesn't have full control of Trump - yet.

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Hasn't completely lost it

We must be living in different realities seeing as america will not call out this despotic entity for its horrendous human rights record as well as support for alqaeda and its ilk. Or are you in favor of this policy if appeasement?

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@wallacevic  seeing as america will not call out this despotic entity for its horrendous human rights record as well as support for alqaeda and its ilk

I agree Trump should call out this 'despotic entity'. I agree much of the funding for 'alqaeda and its ilk' comes from Saudi. I also think each of the MENA oil-igarchies should be called out for their respective 'horrendous human rights records' and for funding terrorism. That includes Iran, Russia's putative partner. Do you think Putin would be willing to do that?

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@rawbeeric Instead, I see the US and the Saudis as partners, or accomplices.

That seems apparent. How do you see the Russia-Iran partnership? Do you think they're working together to help stabilize the region, to bring peace?

I think the US and Russia should both leave the ME.

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I don't understand the US's bizarre obsession with portraying Iran as an evil terrorist power. Virtually no other nation even in Europe shares this strange belief. Cosying up to Saudi Arabia, which TBH is far more questionable IMO, is very disappointing and very dangerous as they are actively working against Iran in the ME, as shown in the carnage in Yemen. Trump basically cemented in another decade of conflict in the ME. So much for his dealmaking abilities

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Anyone who has a go at Iran yet praises Saudi Arabia has zero credibility. An ignoramus like Trump would never have been elected in a country like Iran.

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Just to be clear, on the same week Iranians overwhelmingly voted for reforms, we rewarded that by joyously embracing a new arms buildup by their rival (in a country with a far more radical population I might add...although most Americans are ignorant of that fact). When the US is presented with a golden opportunity we take the road of more instant cash for defense contractors and escalating of tensions. I do agree with Trump that radical extremism is a problem that cannot be ignored, but the idea that one side (Sunni) is good is how this comes across. We should be supporting and encouraging moderates wherever they appear, not arming authoritarians.

Well put, Crazy Joe. If I could reach through my monitor and shake you by the hand, I surely would.

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The power of the Petrodollar compels you Donald.

"a message of friendship and hope and love".

This is just as bad as "Hope and Change".

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That includes Iran, Russia's putative partner. Do you think Putin would be willing to do that?

I guess that will only happen once america stops presenting to saudi arabia.

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"From Lebanon to Iraq to Yemen, Iran funds, arms and trains terrorists, militias and other extremist groups that spread destruction and chaos across the region," Trump said in a major speech in Saudi Arabia.

Wow this is rich coming from the leader of a country that has been doing it for decades.

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Iran has never waged a war against any nation. in 1979 when Saddam was killing millions of Iranians with his chemical weapon, the west turned a head and let him get away with murdering millions of Iranians.

saudi on the other hand, where does one begin?

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Here is a fun trick everyone can try. Whenever Trump says something, try to figure out how it is connected with "the last person he talked with."

For instance, here he was talking to the Saudis, and then he says something unnecessarily nasty about Iran. See how that works?

But he does this all the time. He had plenty to say about China's trade and environmental efforts, etc. But then the goes to talk to them and immediately exonerates them. Everyone is off the hook for currency manipulation, in fact, ... apparently.

If you want to guess what he is going to say tomorrow, just look at whom he meets today. It is really that simple.

He goes to Israel saying that maybe mideast peace can be worked out? Not tomorrow. TOmorrow he will be spouting the Israeli party line. Bet on it.

The bottom line, of course, is that he HAS no policy. No background. No preparation. No direction. He is just drifting, and I suspect that he is a pushover in every single meeting he goes to with these world leaders. The man is a clown.

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@wallaceovic Iran has never waged a war against any nation.

Slippery with wording again. How about Iran's current military involvements in Yemen, Iraq and Syria, and with their own Kurds? How about Iran's roles in Lebanon? How about Iran's support for Hamas?

The US is dirty with Saudi Arabia and the other Gulf sheikhdoms. Russia's cozying up with Iran; that's dirty, too.

Both Russia and the US, all foreign powers, should leave the Gulf; everywhere in MENA for that matter. Stop all military operations supporting the oil-igarchies. End colonialism.

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Whether you agree with Trump or not, Iran will always be corrupt as long as the Khamenei controls everything.  Their presidential "election" is nothing that the Khamenei doesn't choose from.   Khamenei = "supreme leader" Let that sink in for a moment.

Here's a dose of reality in Iran.   Ask why relatives of the Khamenei and his relatives literally have billions of dollars in their accounts,  and the majority of Iranians have none.   Ask why their hospitals don't have any medicine at all, yet there are millions spent on arms and weapons.    Ask why the majority of Iranian's can't find jobs in their own country, police can't do anything about crime (not even burglary) unless it's against Islamic doctrine and "laws".   The younger generations of Iranians are going out of their minds because they have nothing to do except get married or be virgins for the rest of their lives, or the women turn to prostitution because it's the only way for them to make money in their country.   

There is no colonialist, imperialist, etc agenda with Iran.  It's a corrupt hell hole that is ruled by extremely corrupt "leaders" that blame their own greed, lust and corruption on other countries.

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Isolating Iran won't work unless China and Russia are on board. Which they aren't. Except for the deal Obama made.

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Here's a dose of reality in Iran.  Ask why relatives of the Khamenei and his relatives literally have billions of dollars in their accounts, and the majority of Iranians have none.  Ask why their hospitals don't have any medicine at all, yet there are millions spent on arms and weapons.   Ask why the majority of Iranian's can't find jobs in their own country, police can't do anything about crime (not even burglary) unless it's against Islamic doctrine and "laws".  The younger generations of Iranians are going out of their minds because they have nothing to do except get married or be virgins for the rest of their lives, or the women turn to prostitution because it's the only way for them to make money in their country.

Sounds a little like America.

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Isolating Iran won't work unless China and Russia are on board. Which they aren't. Except for the deal Obama made.

I'm pretty sure that deal with Iran was mostly Russia's idea. Kind of like the deal with Syria's destruction of their chemical weapons, it was Russia's idea. America (Obama) just took credit for it.

Trump calls for international isolation of Iran

So after meeting and making weapons deals with Saudi Arabia, the world's biggest state sponsoring wahhabism/salafism, jihadism, terrorism, and extremism (same philosophy as ISIS and Al-qaeda), Trump tells the world to isolate Iran, a more tolerant country that just reelected a reformer over hardliner Islamist??

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I don't understand the US's bizarre obsession with portraying Iran as an evil terrorist power.

They're not a friendly neighbor, that's for sure. You have a country like North Korea that has made it a mission to destroy the US, Israel and the Sunni population, so yeah, I kinda would call that evil.

Virtually no other nation even in Europe shares this strange belief.

They don't have to they're not the main target.....yet, besides, the Jihadists send by proxy send their foreign fighters or preach to their followers within to rise up and attack the west, as you have seen what happened the other day in the UK.

Cosying up to Saudi Arabia, which TBH is far more questionable IMO, is very disappointing and very dangerous as they are actively working against Iran in the ME, as shown in the carnage in Yemen. Trump basically cemented in another decade of conflict in the ME. So much for his dealmaking abilities.

No choice, either that and have a pathetic country like SA on our side in this fight or have them possibly join Russia and build an alliance, they already have one with Iran to an extent and if they could have one with the Saudis and build their sphere of influence in that region, you are really asking for trouble now, so yes, Trump is sleeping with the enemy, but for the greater good, it needs to be done, but I don't like it one bit myself.

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