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An article (2019) and a thesis (2009) written by members of two different branches of the US military warn that Saudi exports terrorism (2009, 2019), and that use of US “hard power” in the Middle East can do more harm than good (2009) to the US national interest. And, yet: “Trump Sends Troops To Middle East After Attack On Saudi Oil Facilities” September 20, 2019 8:32 PM ET Richard Gonzales https://www.npr.org/2019/09/20/762935873/trump-sends-troops-to-middle-east-after-attack-on-saudi-oil-facilities
Remember that Trump’s grandfather moved to the United States to avoid military service in Germany and opted to run hotels-brothels-restaurants for gold miners instead. As a result Germany refused to take Trump’s grandfather back and Trump’s grandparents were deported from Germany a very few months before Trump’s father was born. With a British born and raised mother, and a father Made in Germany, Trump is very European. German records show that the Trumps continued to beg the German government to return to Germany. Trump avoided US military service, too. He hates the United States. His only American wife was a short-lived marriage from shot-gun wedding (wife was pregnant). The other two hail from Soviet block countries. And, yet, he is allowed to send US troops into harms way to defend what is probably the most systematically evil country in the world – certainly one of the most evil. One of the most evil aspects of the oil and gas industry (and mining) is the moral corruption – it almost always corrupts due to cheap and “easy” wealth without work. Rare are the people who have done good with the money, which corrupts the earth and its people.

Excerpts from an April 2019 edition of a US Army journal : “Terrorism (both foreign and domestic) remains a significant threat to the U.S. today. The U.S. lists several foreign countries as official state sponsors of terrorism to include North Korea, Syria, and Iran (“The World Factbook, n.d.). Yet the U.S. fails to add Saudi Arabia to every update of the list, despite 15 of the 19 hijackers from the 9/11 terrorist attacks being Saudi nationals and the operation being financed by Saudi Arabia’s most infamous radical figurehead and former leader of Al Qaeda: Osama bin Laden(Lichtblau, 2009)… Despite a modern progressive push and close political ties with key western allies, Saudi Arabia continues the exportation and financial support of radical Wahhabism throughout the world. The U.S. needs to demand more of Saudi Arabia in combating this dangerous sect through tough diplomatic and economic pressure in order for them to stop financing and supporting terrorist organizations that continue to attack other countriesThe exportation of radicalized Wahhabism, achieved through the support of Islamic colleges, centers, mosques, and schools for children presents a dangerous problem for the U.S. and other key allies (Byman, 2016). Some of the mosques, even in non-Muslim countries, were financed and supported with funds tied to Saudi Arabia-based charities with ties to terrorist groups like Al Qaeda (Byman, 2016). Estimates from a 2013 Europian Parliament report show that Saudi Arabia provided upwards of 10 billion dollars to promote Wahhabism throughout the world by donating to charities, like The Muslim World League, with documented ties to terrorist organizations (“The Involvement of Salafism/Wahhabism,” 2013)… Currently, over 60 groups are listed as terrorist organizations by the U.S. State Department (“Foreign Terrorist Organizations,” 2019). According to Adam Weinstein at the Huffington Post, “the overwhelming majority are Wahhabi-inspired and Saudi-funded groups, with a focus on the West and Iran as their primary enemy” (2017, para. 1). To further show the significance of what a highly funded Wahhabi-centered terrorist group can do, the architect of the attacks of September 11, 2001, and former head of Al Qaeda, Osama bin Laden, was raised in Saudi Arabia and “is a product of this pervasive ideology” (Yamani, 2011, para. 8)… Militant mosque clerics advocate for the use of terrorist attacks to further advance the Wahhabi ideology. From Bosnia to Kosovo, Egypt to Qatar, and even in South East Asia, these mosques teach and advocate radical Wahhabism. The Paris attackers of 2015 attend-ed militant mosques that were predominantly Wahhabi in Belgium and France (Elefther-iou-Smith, 2015). In a dramatic crackdown after the attacks, the French government shut down three of these mosques based on the grounds of radicalization (Eleftheriou-Smith, 2015). Madrassas also contribute to the indoctrination of Muslims, especially youths, into the radicalized mindset often recruiting from the lower classes. “Many of the Taliban were educated in Saudi-financed madrassas in Pakistan that teach Wahhabism…around the world, Saudi wealth and charities contributed to an explosive growth of madrassas” (Nasr, 2001, para. 1)… Recently, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) — an intergovernmental group that is devoted to investigating money laundering and governmental financial corruption — launched a review of Saudi Arabia’s efforts to prevent terrorism financingThe U.S. needs to demand more of Saudi Arabia in combating the dangerous ideological sect of radicalized Wahhabism through continued tough diplomatic and economic pressure. Wahhabism followers are con-sistently linked to terrorist attacks, militant mosques, and the disruption of world order. Without action, the vicious cycle of chasing terrorism around the world will continue (Shane, 2016)… Like the FATF report mentioned earlier, Saudi Arabia needs to do a better job of finding and eradicating money laundering operations out of their countrythe U.S. administration should take a hard stance and refuse to sell them weapons since Saudi Arabia is currently the largest purchaser of U.S. weapons in the world (Ivanova, 2018).” (Sgt. Maj. Stephen J. Palazzo, Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve, April 2019) https://www.armyupress.army.mil/Journals/NCO-Journal/Archives/2019/April/Extreme-Enemy-Saudi-Arabian-Export/

The entire article is below, with emphasis. It is a good article and probably a brave article, from last April, though it is not an academic article because it doesn’t use the vast literature on Wahhabism and Saudi export of terror, which has been available for decades. One suspects that it was written based on experience and references quickly looked for by a very busy US military officer. Conspicuously absent is the murder of Khashoggi, however.

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NB: The referencing on this US military article is adequate for a rushed blogger but it would probably not be acceptable for a high school paper and definitely not for a college (university) paper. We have highlighted a few of the sources which look like they could be of use in a serious paper. In particular, Karen Armstrong isn’t considered an expert – even though she portrays herself as such, and is frequently used as one – but more of a popular writer. This statement is based upon research of her background, decades ago, and upon starting to read one of her books, which was too bad to finish. She’s an English major-writer and former Roman Catholic nun. Meanwhile, there are those who have spent years studying radical Islam, who never got a chance to be heard.

This thesis has some references. However, even it ignores the literature which existed pre-911: “WAHHABISM: IS IT A FACTOR IN THE SPREAD OF GLOBAL TERRORISM?” by Michael R. Dillon September 2009, Navy Postgraduate School: https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a509109.pdf
Excerpts the Dillon (2009) thesis:
The use of hard power elements to protect U.S. national interests can at times do more harm than good demonstrated by the increased anti-Western and anti-American sentiments in the Muslim world in response to the U.S. led invasions and subsequent occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan. The implementation of hard power elements should be considered as a last resort option as they have historically done more to harm the citizenry than the oppressive governments themselves. However, hard power elements may be required to remove an oppressive regime or as a last means to force an oppressive regime to enact reforms. The U.S. should avoid acting unilaterally when implementing hard power elements by working more within the constructs of coalitions, multinational and United Nations forces that include Muslim allies and encourage those Muslim allies to participate in leading roles. The use of other Muslim military forces to combat terrorism or enforce reform changes in other Muslim states might lessen the backlash against U.S. and Western states. The limiting of the deployments or the permanent stationing of U.S. and Western forces in Muslim countries to the minimum allowable safe levels to accomplish missions by avoiding large scale deployments as a last resort, could also aid in reducing the spread of radicalism that leads to terrorism. These are not recommendations to remove U.S. or Western forces from Muslim countries to which they have been invited, nor for the U.S. or the West to employ military force when warranted. It is more of a recommendation to use greater caution in the deployment of U.S. and Western military forces by employing a cost benefit analysis of the consequences of using hard power versus soft power elements. The overall recommendations to U.S. policy makers, military leaders and academics is first to incorporate the lessons learned from past experiences in the Muslim world to determining whether a policy utilizing soft power or hard power elements can generate the least amount of consequences with the best possible results for both the Western and Muslim worlds. Second, the task of reforming Wahhabism must be left up to Muslims, because the U.S. is in no position to affect these internal debates and intervention by the U.S. on religious doctrine can be construed as ‘U.S. efforts to falsify Islam’ and ‘turn Muslims from the true religion’….” (Dillon, 2009).

A few articles on Saudi Arabia from this blog. Do a search for Saudi in the search window for more.

The title found in an internet search – perhaps the original title:
Extreme Enemy Saudi Arabia Export – Army University Press
Sgt. Maj. Stephen J. Palazzo is a military police officer in the United States Army. He is currently serving as the Security and Protection senior enlisted advisor for the CJ36, Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve.

Stephen Palazzo has a degree in history: https://www.linkedin.com/in/stephen-palazzo-584b82151

Somehow this picture of Trump and MBS brings to mind the following Bible verse, even though Trump and MBS are both the devil’s minions, or perhaps because they are both the devil’s minions:
Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.” (Matthew 4, KJV)