9/27/19 Jonathan Fenton-Harvey on Trump’s Pandering to Saudi Arabia

9/27/19 Jonathan Fenton-Harvey on Trump’s Pandering to Saudi Arabia

Jonathan Fenton-Harvey talks about President Trump’s close relationship with Saudi Arabia and his corresponding push against Iran. Trump seems uniquely willing to come out and say his real reasons for this closeness—that it’s all about money. Trump likes that Saudi Arabia buys billions of dollars worth of weapons from America, which he claims is good for the U.S. job market. He is willing to sacrifice civilian lives in Yemen for the sake of the domestic economy. Ironically, Trump’s isolation of Iran by primarily supporting Saudi Arabia and the UAE has actually pushed Iran closer to America’s enemies, and in a way has granted them rhetorical victories simply by the claim that they are behind every successful attack or operation in the region.

Discussed on the show:

  • “Trump’s pandering to Saudi Arabia is tearing the Middle East apart” (Al-Araby)
  • “How ties with China bolster the UAE’s bid for regional dominance” (Middle East Eye)

Jonathan Fenton-Harvey is a journalist and researcher, who focuses on political issues and humanitarian crises in the Middle East and North Africa. He writes regularly for Al-Araby and Middle East Eye. Find him on Twitter @jfentonharvey.

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About Scott Horton

Scott Horton is director of the Libertarian Institute, editorial director of Antiwar.com, host of Antiwar Radio on Pacifica, 90.7 FM KPFK in Los Angeles, California and podcasts the Scott Horton Show from ScottHorton.org. He's the author of the 2021 book Enough Already: Time to End the War on Terrorism, the 2017 book, Fool's Errand:Time to End the War in Afghanistan , editor of the 2019 book The Great Ron Paul: The Scott Horton Show Interviews 2004–2019 and the 2022 book Hotter Than The Sun: Time to Abolish Nuclear Arms. He’s conducted more than 5,700 interviews since 2003. Scott lives in Austin, Texas with his wife, Larisa Alexandrovna Horton.

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