Opinion – Mr. Obama goes to Riyadh: Why the United States and Saudi Arabia still need each other | Brookings Institution – John Gelmini

English: Saudi Arabia (orthographic projection)

English: Saudi Arabia (orthographic projection) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Brookings Institute puts a medium gloss on what President Obama’s visit to the Kingdom will achieve and why America still needs the Kingdom. Dr Alf in this piece from Brookings is right to say that one of the reasons for the visit is to burnish President Obama’s tattered credentials in preparation for what is likely to be a book deal and he is right to say that we will see lots of American concessions and few coming in the opposite direction.

Brookings is wrong to say that the Kingdom wants a Palestinian State because despite their rhetoric and pronouncements they have never really wanted any such thing and are loathe to let them have a “Palestinian Homeland” anywhere in or near their Kingdom. They would prefer that the Palestinians remained exactly where they are or simply disappeared.
Obama is making this particular trip for a number of reasons not all of which have been stated but based on what has happened up to now one can make intelligent guesses:

1) Establish the Saudi Arabian appetite for more arms sales following the massive deal that was concluded last year
2) Reaffirm support for the Petrodollar
3) Ensure that oil prices keep going up by means of restricted oil production
4) Maintain the flow of money into the hands of Islamic jihadists in Syria, to Turkey and via them to ISIS and other groups loyal to them
5) Ensure that Saudi Arabia is bearing down on the Houthis in Yemen

John Gelmini

Opinion – The Conservative Party should be worried about its long-term prospects – Norman Tebbit – Telegraph – John Gelmini

Conservative Party (UK)

Conservative Party (UK) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I agree with Dr Alf, the fight for the Tory succession needs to be brought forward but Lord Tebbit is wrong to suggest that it is getting harder to work out who a Conservative is.

Conservatives have always been people who believed in hard work, low taxes, strong law and order, Judeo-Christian values, traditional marriage, schools that inculcated pride, self-discipline and self-organisation, personal responsibility and a sense of patriotism, commonsense and civic pride.

The recent attempts to pander to gay people and vociferous minorities, appease Muslims who do not share these values to the extent that a minority are prepared to wage war against us are misguided and stupid. The failure to confront perversions like Sharia Law, the pressure for “gay marriage” and now American style cohabitation agreements and the failure to invest in dredging and proper infrastructure here as opposed to the largesse of unaffordable foreign aid are further examples of stupidity. These, when combined with wasted money on wind farms, the appeasement of mediaeval rulers in the Gulf who fund terrorism and dangerous Wahabi movements across the globe, the running down of our armed forces to a cypher with no more power than the Papal Guard is gross stupidity.

Stupidity is, however, not to be equated with Conservatism but with the antics of particular Conservatives who have forgotten what the word means and those in the shadows who tell them what to do and ought to know better.

Donald Trump in America is right to highlight competence as the issue there and someone here, who is not stupid should do the same here in the Conservative Party.

This country is in a state of drift and torpor and a state of entitlement which it does not deserve and has failed to earn.

It needs to be shocked out of this state and put into one of implacable resolve to put matters to rights quickly. Out of 70 million people a Conservative as opposed to the sandal wearing Liberal Democrats, the backstabbing Hilary Benn and the Dave Spart throwbacks under Corbyn, should step forward to deliver this message.

John Gelmini