Did Trump Just Deploy U.S. Troops as Mercenaries to Saudi Arabia?

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This is where your nation stands now. Donald Trump bragged about deploying troops to Saudi Arabia, but only after they put “money in the bank” for them.

How does this even work? Did they wire it? Does the United States just have a giant checking account? Does anyone even know?

I am sure someone knows, but I seriously doubt it is Donald Trump, and who the hell came up with the “One billion dollars” figure? That sounds a lot more like a “price” for which Trump is willing to sell.

That’s not the way this works!

IF the United States determines it is in the United States’ interests to deploy troops to another country, and IF the deal is worked out to have some cost-sharing, the costs are paid as “actual costs,” meaning it is broken down into salaries, equipment and support costs like fuel, and lodging, all that. The costs are then tallied as they go, and a nation then pays in installments as it is being expended or quarterly.

This sounds like Trump just randomly told the Kingdom that he needed some cash if he is going to deploy troops. Maybe he figures the United States will “make some money off this.” And because it is Trump, and because he’s hopelessly conflicted on a million levels and because he hides everything about his finances, we have to ask if Trump somehow got some “grease” for the whole transaction, got a portion slid to him, personally.

Trump did not say which bank, whose bank, when the deposit was made, nor whether anyone at Treasury had records for Congress, nothing. Perhaps Saudi Arabia didn’t pay a dime, and Trump just wants everyone to think he’s “tough” in driving those artful deals.

Everything, literally everything, is a transaction in his life, no principles.

I have no problem with the American government determining it is in American interests to secure freedom and economic flow throughout the Middle East, and therefore deploying our people and resources to secure that stability. It has been a doctrine of American foreign policy for a long time.

I do not like the idea of peoples’ sons and daughters deployed to a region with missiles flying all over because Trump got a good deal for them. People die in these situations, and we only ask people to serve us if it is for the nation, the flag, our constitution, and our freedoms. If we decide all of this is necessary, WE pay for it, and then perhaps work out a deal for cost-sharing.

What the hell is going on?

More importantly, someone must know what is going on, and yet I am not sure that those people are within the proper structure of government. We talked yesterday about the lack of structure in decisions made at Mar a’ Lago. The same principle applies here. Have military and treasury experts run cost figures? Do they know how they are to be paid and which accounts will receive the distribution? Without significant structure, the records will not be kept, nor will the right people be involved. It is government by Saddam Hussein of the West.

This is where we stand. We look like damned mercenaries, ready to kill for our friends. To make it worse, “our” friends corresponds more with Trump’s friends. Trump jams the West and NATO about paying more for their interests, but he’s willing to sell our military to sketchier groups he likes.

For all we know, the operation that Trump just approved actually costs $10.63 billion per annum under current conditions as run by analysts – if it was analyzed at all. Perhaps Trump just gifted the whole operation to his friend, MBS, but wants to appear “tough” and thus brags about this artful deal he got. Meanwhile, he knows he just pulled a fast one on everyone.

We don’t know. And that is the point.

UPDATE: As with all things, once the news trickles out to a wider audience, people notice and start to object:

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Jason

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13 Comments on "Did Trump Just Deploy U.S. Troops as Mercenaries to Saudi Arabia?"

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Robert Burnett
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Robert Burnett

Why don’t he put his pink a$$ son’s at the front, they like killing things. That’s right, I forgot, the things they kill don’t shoot back. They didn’t fall far from the tree as their bone spur daddy.

Nobsartist
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Nobsartist

Because they are mentally ill and unfit for duty.

Robert Burnett
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Robert Burnett

You are absolutely right, I forgot. The real life Beavis and Butt-head.

David
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David

Just like their dad who is completely unfit for anything, especially living.

Charles Phillips
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Charles Phillips

The US military is now clearly a mercenary force, the Saudis have a large and sophisticated military – why do they need us? To spare the families of Saudi Arabia from burying their kids, when they can pay US military members to die to protect the Saudi oil fields.

David
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David

Is Erik Prince involved? Perhaps the money is in his bank account

Nobsartist
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Nobsartist

I am more interested in that 80 million. That’s real money.

fishouttaH2o
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fishouttaH2o
I’ve been upset about this since I first heard our military was in Saudi Arabia. IMPOTUS has used our military like toy soldiers, sending them to the border during the holidays for the “invading caravans” nonsense, forced to parade on the 4th. of July for his anemic salute to himself, stealing their money from projects they need like schools & housing on their bases. Now they’re a paid mercenary force willing to fight & die for our freedom, (meaning the King of Saudi Arabia)? WTF !! I’m old enough to remember Vietnam where thousands of our young men were turned… Read more »
David
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David

We must be outraged. TRUMP considers and uses all US assets as his own.

Clare
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Clare

Where’s Paladin?

Clare
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Clare

Where is Paladin?

Independent
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Independent

Where is the pentagon on this? Have all the reliable, ethical, intelligent people left? has donnie our lying, cheating, cowardly, ignorant, probably dyslexic, sniffing, mf replaced all of them? Has he really become a dictator? Pray to God he is removed from office thru the impeachment process.

David
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David

Everybody has been coopted by Trump and his slimy band of parasites.