Thursday, November 22, 2018

Trump thanks Saudis - for what and why

I could list the many things I am thankful for. Just waking up to another year seems like a low bar but at our age…

I am thankful that our doggies did not draw blood in their spat last night over a chocolate chip cookie. I am thankful that Mrs. Scriber did not lose fingers in that aforementioned spat. The take-away is hold your friends close, your enemies closer, and your cookies closer yet.

We might ask about what others are thankful for. I wonder about what the 5,200 troops on our border might, or might not, be thankful for. I wonder about what our president, Donald Trump , is thankful for. Trump thanks Saudis, we are told. OK, but for what?

In the Daily Star, the AP reports that Trump thanks Saudis after defying calls to punish prince. Trump thanks them for lower oil prices.

President Trump publicly thanked Saudi Arabia for plunging oil prices just a day after he was harshly criticized for deciding not to further punish the kingdom for the killing of U.S.-based columnist Jamal Khashoggi.

Trump, who made clear in an exclamation-filled statement on Tuesday that he feels that the benefits of good relations with the kingdom outweigh the possibility its crown prince ordered the killing, tweeted on Wednesday that it’s “Great!” that oil prices are falling.

I think I know one person who will not be celebrating Thanksgiving. That would be the dead guy murdered by the Saudi hit squad, Jamal Khashoggi. Thank you mister president for making our moral compass plain for all to see.

“Thank you to Saudi Arabia, but let’s go lower!” he wrote from his Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida, where he’s spending Thanksgiving.

Really? Can Trump “go lower”?

It’s important to know what we are thankful for and for what we are not thankful for - and should not be thankful for. I am not thankful for a president who accepts the murder of a journalist as the price of doing business.

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