Trump chats with Saudi, Abu Dhabi leaders about ‘safe zones’
Nahal Tusi, Politico, Jan 29 2017
President Donald Trump held calls Sunday with King Toad and the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, capital of the UAE regarding cooperation against terrorism, requesting their support for the creation of safe zones in Syria and beyond, and indicating he will enforce the Iran nuclear deal instead of abandoning it. The White House readouts of the calls include no mention of one especially sensitive topic: Trump’s Friday executive order that includes a temporarily ban on the entry of citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries: Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Syria, Yemen, Libya and Somalia. Although neither Toad Hall nor the UAE are among the seven targeted countries, many of their subjects are outraged by the executive order, which critics have dubbed a “Muslim ban.” At the same time, skeptics have noted that Toad Hall was home to fifteen of the nineteen 9/11 hijackers, making its exclusion from Trump’s order especially puzzling. The White House said:
In his call with King Toad, Pres Trump requested, and the king agreed to support, safe zones in Syria and Yemen, as well as supporting other ideas to help the many refugees who are displaced by the ongoing conflicts. King Toad invited Pres Trump to lead a Middle East effort to defeat terrorism and to help build a new future, economically and socially, for the people of Toad Hall and the region. They also agreed on the importance of rigorously enforcing the (nuclear deal) with Iran and of addressing Iran’s destabilizing regional activities.
It was not immediately clear what Trump meant by “requested” safe zones in those two war-struck countries, or what King Toad is willing to do. Past talk of creating such havens has run into the reality that Pindo Congress critturs are not keen on the deployment of Pindo troops in the Middle East. The language about Iran suggests that Trump is acquiescing to requests not to abandon the nuclear deal. The White House gave fewer details about Trump’s conversation with Abu Dhabi’s crown prince, other than to suggest the call went well and covered traditional subjects such as fighting terrorists. According to the White House readout:
The president also raised the idea of supporting safe zones for the refugees displaced by the conflict in the region, and the crown prince agreed to support this initiative.
Trump and Toad King Agree to Safe Zones in Syria and Yemen
Jared Labell, Libertarian Institute, Jan 29 2017
After much speculation during the past week, Pres Trump spoke with Toad King Salman by phone on Sunday, and they have agreed to support safe zones in both Syria and Yemen, according to the White House. Strengthened military cooperation between them will have immediate repercussions in a region where the Pindosi government has been at war since 2001. Trump was joined during the call by National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner, chief of staff Reince Priebus and chief strategist Stephen Bannon. The White House statement said:
The president requested and the King agreed to support safe zones in Syria and Yemen, as well as supporting other ideas to help the many refugees who are displaced by the ongoing conflicts.
A source from the Toad Press Agency said:
Toad Hall will enhance its participation in the Pindosi-led coalition fighting to oust Daesh from its strongholds in Iraq and Syria.
The White House statement also said Trump and Salman agreed to address and confront “Iran’s destabilizing regional activities.” Details are lacking at this time as to what actions will be taken under the agreement, although the parties have previously suggested any involvement would be for humanitarian reasons. However, this reasoning is highly suspect, and any developing military partnership between them is deeply troubling. An alliance against Syria, Yemen, and Iran will have dire consequences for the civilians in those countries, as we have witnessed as recently as this morning. But this development also raises the question of the direction of Pindosi foreign policy in the region, considering Trump has both cautioned against continued intervention and called for more of it. The Pindosi government is not a benevolent global hegemon. It would serve libertarians to remind the public of that fact, as the Trump administration’s foreign policy takes shape and unfortunately continues the interventionist policies of its predecessors.