Buchanan: "Reining In The Rogue Royal Of Arabia"

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Authored by Patrick Buchanan via Buchanan.org,

If the crown prince of Saudi Arabia has in mind a war with Iran, President Trump should disabuse his royal highness of any notion that America would be doing his fighting for him.

Mohammed bin Salman, or MBS, the 32-year-old son of the aging and ailing King Salman, is making too many enemies for his own good, or for ours.

Pledging to Westernize Saudi Arabia, he has antagonized the clerical establishment. Among the 200 Saudis he just had arrested for criminal corruption are 11 princes, the head of the National Guard, the governor of Riyadh, and the famed investor Prince Alwaleed bin Talal.

The Saudi tradition of consensus collective rule is being trashed.

MBS is said to be pushing for an abdication by his father and his early assumption of the throne.

He has begun to exhibit the familiar traits of an ambitious 21st-century autocrat in the mold of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey.

Yet his foreign adventures are all proving to be debacles.

The rebels the Saudis backed in Syria’s civil war were routed. The war on the Houthi rebels in Yemen, of which MBS is architect, has proven to be a Saudi Vietnam and a human rights catastrophe.

The crown prince persuaded Egypt, Bahrain and the UAE to expel Qatar from the Sunni Arab community for aiding terrorists, but he has failed to choke the tiny country into submission.

Last week, MBS ordered Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri to Riyadh, where Hariri publicly resigned his office and now appears to be under house arrest. Refusing to recognize the resignation, Lebanon’s president is demanding Hariri’s return.

After embattled Houthi rebels in Yemen fired a missile at its international airport, Riyadh declared the missile to be Iranian-made, smuggled into Yemen by Tehran, and fired with the help of Hezbollah.

The story seemed far-fetched, but Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said the attack out of Yemen may be considered an “act of war” — by Iran. And as war talk spread across the region last week, Riyadh ordered all Saudi nationals in Lebanon to come home.

Riyadh has now imposed a virtual starvation blockade — land, sea and air — on Yemen, that poorest of Arab nations that is heavily dependent on imports for food and medicine. Hundreds of thousands of Yemeni are suffering from cholera. Millions face malnutrition.

The U.S. interest here is clear: no new war in the Middle East, and a negotiated end to the wars in Yemen and Syria.

Hence, the United States needs to rein in the royal prince.

Yet, on his Asia trip, Trump said of the Saudi-generated crisis, “I have great confidence in King Salman and the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, they know exactly what they are doing.”

Do they? In October, Jared Kushner made a trip to Riyadh, where he reportedly spent a long night of plotting Middle East strategy until 4 a.m. with MBS.

No one knows how a war between Saudi Arabia and Iran would end. The Saudis has been buying modern U.S. weapons for years, but Iran, with twice the population, has larger if less-well-equipped forces.

Yet the seeming desire of the leading Sunni nation in the Persian Gulf, Saudi Arabia, for a confrontation with the leading Shiite power, Iran, appears to carry the greater risks for Riyadh.

For, a dozen years ago, the balance of power in the Gulf shifted to Iran, when Bush II launched Operation Iraqi Freedom, ousted Saddam Hussein, disarmed and disbanded his Sunni-led army, and turned Iraq into a Shiite-dominated nation friendly to Iran.

In the Reagan decade, Iraq had fought Iran as mortal enemies for eight years. Now they are associates, if not allies.

The Saudis may bristle at Hezbollah and demand a crackdown. But Hezbollah is a participant in the Lebanese government and has the largest fighting force in the country, hardened in battle in Syria’s civil war, where it emerged on the victorious side.

While the Israelis could fight and win a war with Hezbollah, both Israel and Hezbollah suffered so greatly from their 2006 war that neither appears eager to renew that costly but inconclusive conflict.

In an all-out war with Iran, Saudi Arabia could not prevail without U.S. support. And should Riyadh fail, the regime would be imperiled. As World War I, with the fall of the Romanov, Hohenzollern, Hapsburg and Ottoman empires demonstrated, imperial houses do not fare well in losing wars.

So far out on a limb has MBS gotten himself, with his purge of cabinet ministers and royal cousins, and his foreign adventures, it is hard to see how he climbs back without some humiliation that could cost him the throne.

Yet we have our own interests here. And we should tell the crown prince that if he starts a war in Lebanon or in the Gulf, he is on his own. We cannot have this impulsive prince deciding whether or not the United States goes to war again in the Middle East.

We alone decide that.

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shitshitshit's picture

his royal distressness. A guy who never suffered nor went through life threatening events who wants to rule his country by force is never going to go anywhere.

Think about Khadafi... This guy was real for once.


SofaPapa's picture

To complete this entire article and never once refer to Israel and their goals in the region, along with their clear influence on current Saudi policy, is supremely disingenuous.

E.F. Mutton's picture

He's trying to pull a Michael Corleone

He may end up with Fredo

ParkAveFlasher's picture

Kushner's all-night session with the prince consisted entirely of filling out the order card in the back of the newest Raytheon catalog.

svayambhu108's picture

The U.S. interest here is clear: no new war in the Middle East, and a negotiated end to the wars in Yemen and Syria.


Maybe us like in give us a beer but US like in MIC needs moooarrr warrrrr

MoreFreedom's picture

I can't agree with Buchanan here.  Who in the US cares if there's a new war in the Middle East as long as the US isn't involved (except the military industrial complex of course).  The Muslims have been at war with eachother since the beginning of Islam in Mohammad's days, because they refuse to give each other freedom and instead try to dominate the other.   Whoever owns the oil will sell it.  

The only US interests in the Middle East, are companies doing deals with the oppressors over there.  At their own risk. 

Besides, the "Saudi tradition of consensus collective rule" appears to be a consensus of collusion from many of those holding power to steal from the government, often to fund radical Islamic schools and terrorism.  If that's "antagonizing the clerical establishment" that's an improvement towards separating mosque and state.  The radical oppressive Islamic clerics need to earn their living by satisfying those who voluntarily donate to their mosques, rather than using the government to steal.

Miggy's picture

I don't like disagreement but there are a lot of reasons we care about what goes on in the Middle East and it all centers around oil. A coflict in the Middle East is sure to raise oil prices and if raised enough bring a shock to an already in-debted American society. This is not politically expedient for a president in his first term.


Then there is the petrodollar and the huge amount of treasuries the Saudis already own.


I would like to change the subject and think here. If the guy, MBS, is successful in Westernizing his country he will have high finance, and I mean the highest finance, with a vested interest all of the sudden in the peace of his country. Not bad company to keep if you have a lot of enemies. The partial spinoff of Saudi Aramco alone will bring a LOT of money to either London or New York. Businesses are already lining up.


This is a high stakes game and if this guy is successful he will have a lot of powerful factions on his side who all like money. It's clear who MBS is trying to align with.


Now we know why President Trump said MBS knows what he's doing.

Retired Guy's picture

"We alone decide that"(war)

What is this we business? If anybody asked me, I would vote no on war but nobody is going to ask.

Shibumi2's picture

It wasn't a rock....it was a ROCK LOBSTER

hxc's picture

Death to (((Kushner))), masonic satanist tribe fag!!!

Shibumi2's picture

It wasn't a rock....it was a ROCK LOBSTER

GUS100CORRINA's picture

Buchanan: "Reining In The Rogue Royal Of Arabia"

My response: While there are many in MSM and on BLOG sites have much to say about the Saudi and other situations, at the end of the day only one thing matters: Who is your master? We know that the human heart is deceitful above all else and desparately wicked.

So how will it all ultimately end? Below is quote from a famous America that sums up any situation involving people pretty well.

American Rep Robert Charles Winthrop stated during the 1800's 

Men, in a word, must necessarily be controlled, either by a power within them, or by a power without them; either by the word of God, or by the strong arm of man; either by the Bible, or by the bayonet.

It really doesn't matter if it is a Royal Prince or a leader of ANTIFA, the condition of the human heart and the controlling spirit of the person will be the deciding factors that dictate behavior.

A person is either a Child of GOD (Jhn1:12-13) or a child of the wicked one (Jhn 8:44). 

Let us hope it is the first choice because the 2nd choice will lead to death, destruction and sorrow.

hxc's picture

Yet you lukewarm conservatives call us right-libertarian anarchists crazy.

MrBoompi's picture

Tell Saudi Arabia they are on their own if they attack Iran?  LMFAO at that one.  

LawsofPhysics's picture

The American political class would be wise to leave the Saudis alone and be more concerned about the American taxpayer.

Two-bits's picture

The blood of the Covenant is thicker than the water of birth.

Funny how people misquote that all the time.

HRClinton's picture

Re.. "be more concerned about the American taxpayer."

Only about 1/2 of "US Subjects" pay taxes at all. Welfare queens at the very top and at the bottom do not pay.

Should they not be more concerned about those who do not pay, and make sure that they do?

NiggaPleeze's picture

Everyone who works pays sales, property, alcohol, gas, telephone, social security, Medicare, Medicaid, etc. taxes.

Poor workers pay almost the same percentage of their income in taxes as the 1%, they just pay it in a different mix of taxes.

Stop spreading ignorant falsehoods.

Blankone's picture

Only about 1/2 of the people pay any federal or state income taxes. The other half for the most part are on government support. That being, any tax they pay on alcohol, soda etc. is money provided by the state.

NiggaPleeze's picture


You are mixing up different things.  A lot of people who pay taxes (other than income taxes) are not on government support - according to the Forbes article you may be using as your source, 60% of those who do not owe income taxes still work and pay payroll tax (flat 15% more or less).   Mises Institute also points out the numerous other taxes these workers pay.

ANd a lot of people who don't pay income tax in some years pay a huge amount in others (I am among them).  I've paid well into the 7 figures of income tax in my life but there have been years where I've paid none.

As to people receiving government "benefits", everyone does, be it roads, airports, space exploration, medical research, or, if you believe that stuff, a strong military.

Captain Nemo de Erehwon's picture

His greatest sin is he is trying to modernize the country. Where will they get feed and fodder for their ISIS2.0 then?

buzzsaw99's picture

i wouldn't give a plug nickel for his chances.

Publicus_Reanimated's picture

"Plug nickel" is grammatically lazy and incorrect, although it has slipped into common usage as a variant of the grammatically and literally correct "plugged nickel".  A plugged nickel is a nickel that has had some metal removed from the center.  A plug nickel is...  well, it really isn't anything.

Herdee's picture

Wolfowitz planners won't give up on destroying Iran and then placing nuclear weapons in the area in order to bring them closer to China and Russia. Rogue elements in the CIA are ruthless thugs and want to destroy everything for their own stupid domination schemes.

shitshitshit's picture

That's exactly why russians will fight to the bitter end there as well. And given their track result so far, it looks like they're not suffering from structural deficiencies like the ones that could be found in the "free" world...


pods's picture

So there is a Jew behind this debacle.  Makes perfect sense now.  I bet Kushner is well qualified to hammer out the plan for a new middle east.  Good call Trump.

Did MBS get kicked in the head by a camel when he was young?  Cause that lazy eye does not exude confident leadership skills.


Jon_Locke's picture

So you are saying the Saudis are so stupid that they can't make decisions for themselves?

Juggernaut x2's picture

The Saudi royals serve at the behest of US(CIA)/mossad(Israel).This Saudi royal intrigue is just theater to make them think they control their destiny. The day the petrodollar dies is the day the House of Saud does, too.

mo mule's picture

Israel, Mossad, CIA, US

There I fixed it in the proper order for you......lol

mo mule's picture

That lazy eye comes more from inbreeding 

Hope Copy's picture

Breeding, it has pluses and minuses.  The guy is really smart, but he has taken on the tiger by the tail and may not be really in on these bad bets (wars)  The real win may be that he got rid of one hundred thousand guys that would have toppled the House of Saud.

I Feel a little Qeasy's picture

In that case it'll probably straighten itself out once the reaming stops.

I Feel a little Qeasy's picture

In that case it'll probably straighten itself out once the reaming stops.

Anyway, he simply has one eye going out shopping and the other coming back with the change.

Internet-is-Beast's picture

You underestimate Kushner. She has read a book on the middle east, after all.

HRClinton's picture

My spider-sense alarm went off at "MBS"

Something about those letters that remind me of a financial acronym... something about Mortgages...

HominyTwin's picture

Well, our wonderful and competent Deep State should have reined him in. They didn't. I guess they don't understand that because they don't do anything useful for humanity, that the only thing that backs their paychecks is the petro dollar. Without it, no reserve currency, worthless paychecks. But of course, they fuck up everything they try, including getting rid of trump. What can they do? Oh yeah, false flag ops that kill innocent people, droning funerals and wedding parties, and smuggling heroin.

Fireman's picture

It's the juice, Pat. Is it good for the juice? As for boy wonder Kushner he wouldn't make manager of a skid row liquor store without his daddy's slum real estate money, but shit that is what USSA has come to.


Onward to Slumville

HRClinton's picture

You're proving that 95% of hot white chicks will put out and marry for shekels, even if the guy is as attractive as a hedge hog.

'Exhibit T', your Honor: Trump.  Ivanka Trump. (Ditto for Munckin's non-Kosher trophy wife, to freshen up the inbred gene pool)

hxc's picture

I say this fairly frequently, but Mnuchin is the kind of tribe we need, helping Trump prepare for a partial debt default. He seems pretty conservative/libertarian 99% of the time he speaks. Not the internationalist communist atheist type or the likudnik Mossad neocon type for sure and he already toyed with running the US Treasury down to $0 earlier this year.

Mnuchin defended Trump's Cville comments pretty intensely. Basically insinuated that anyone taking them the wrong way is being a crybaby or totally disingenuous. He is not Gary Cohn and doesn't want to be (i.e. fat bald communist faggot).

DisorderlyConduct's picture

Well that die is already cast, even though the author is under the impression that there is a decision to make. And as if we have any say in it. LOL.

Mena Arkansas's picture

Jared Kushner made a trip to Riyadh, where he reportedly spent a long night of plotting Middle East strategy until 4 a.m. with MBS.

Is there ever a case where there isn't a court jew whispering into the King's ear what will inevitably turn out to be the worst possible advice ever.

For everyone except israel of course.

Jon_Locke's picture

Would you feel better if he was African?

khnum's picture

All this bs does has a theme song

Sanguis bibimus

Corpus edimus

Tolle Corpus Satani


Ted19731950's picture

I know some Latin, but translate, please.  "Tolle" means?

khnum's picture

we drink the blood

we eat the body

raise the body of Satan

Giant Meteor's picture

just don't say it three times in a row ..

I Feel a little Qeasy's picture

It's the theme song in 'The Omen', an inverted christian rite. Was it written by a 4X2?