Archiv: Barack Obama


28.11.2019 - 21:07 [ CNN ]

Obama is wrong: Dems are not #TooFarLeft

Establishment and Wall Street Dems are misreading the winds of public sentiment if they believe moderation is a winning political strategy for 2020. There is no constituency for a presidential candidate who prescribes half-measures to put out a fire.
And polling indicates that.

28.11.2019 - 18:16 [ theHill.com ]

Krystal Ball rips report saying Obama would intervene to stop Sanders

Bernie is an existential threat to business as usual and both parties ability to cash in as perpetual winners in the oligarchy-and they’ll use every means, fair and unfair, to protect their position. So, to those of you dedicated to upending business as usual, in case you had any illusions, Obama’s comments prove that you better be prepared for the fight of your life.

28.11.2019 - 06:37 [ theHill.com ]

Obama privately said he would speak up to stop Sanders: report

President Obama privately said he would speak up to stop Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) from becoming the Democratic presidential nominee, Politico reported Tuesday.

The former president reportedly said if Sanders held a strong lead in the Democratic primary, he would speak out to prevent him from becoming the nominee.

18.11.2019 - 05:54 [ theGuardian.com ]

Democratic candidates reject Obama’s warning of going too far left

“When I talk about health care being a human right and ending the embarrassment of America being the only major country on earth that does not guarantee health care for every man, woman and child, that’s not tearing down the system,” he said, according to the New York Times. “That’s doing what we should have done 30 years ago.”

18.11.2019 - 05:51 [ BBC ]

US election 2020: Democrats respond to Obama’s warning

Answering questions on a forum aired by Univision, a Spanish-language TV network, he was asked whether Mr Obama was „right“ to say voters didn’t want systemic change.

Mr Sanders, who describes himself as a democratic socialist and progressive, laughed and said: „Well, it depends on what you mean by tear down the system.“

17.11.2019 - 10:04 [ New York Times ]

Too Far Left? Some Candidates Don’t Buy the Argument

Ms. Warren declined to address Mr. Obama’s implicit criticism, and instead praised the former president’s efforts on health care.

“I so admire what President Obama did. He is the one who led the way on health care and got health care coverage for tens of millions of Americans when nobody thought that was possible,” she said, speaking to reporters after a campaign event in Waverly, Iowa.

16.11.2019 - 23:31 [ Peter Daou, Former Clinton and Kerry adviser / Twitter ]

THANK YOU! 🙏🏽🙏🏽 The hashtag I launched this morning, #TooFarLeft, is #1 in America and #3 worldwide. The idea is to destroy the ludicrous mainstream talking point that wanting social, economic, racial, and environmental justice is a radical position.

16.11.2019 - 23:29 [ theHill.com ]

‚Too Far Left‘ hashtag trends on Twitter

The hashtag „TooFarLeft“ trended on Twitter on Saturday morning, in part because of comments made Friday by former President Obama.

Obama spoke at a fundraising meeting Friday evening and warned donors of the danger of the 2020 Democratic primary field moving too far to the left.

„Even as we push the envelope and we are bold in our vision, we also have to be rooted in reality,“ Obama said. „The average American doesn’t think we have to completely tear down the system and remake it.“

16.11.2019 - 23:25 [ Politico.com ]

Obama speaks out on 2020: Voters ‘don’t want to see crazy stuff’

“We also have to be rooted in reality and the fact that voters, including the Democratic voters and certainly persuadable independents or even moderate Republicans are not driven by the same views that are reflected on certain, you know, left-leaning Twitter feeds. Or the activist wing of our party,” Obama said.

16.11.2019 - 23:15 [ BBC ]

US election 2020: Obama issues warning to ‚revolutionary‘ Democrats

The comments, which come less than four months before the Democratic primaries, represent one of Mr Obama’s most pointed interventions in the race so far.

They may be seen as a critique of senators Sanders and Warren – widely seen as two of the most left-wing candidates in the field.

28.10.2019 - 06:31 [ Nicolas J.S. Davies / Mintpress.com ]

Libya, Syria, Somalia and Yemen: Calculating the Millions-High Death Toll of America’s Post-9/11 Wars

(26.4.2018)

As Barbara Lee presciently warned her colleagues before she cast her lone dissenting vote in 2001, we have “become the evil we deplore.” But these wars have not been accompanied by fearsome military parades (not yet) or speeches about conquering the world. Instead they have been politically justified by “information warfare” to demonize enemies and fabricate crises, and then waged in a “disguised, quiet, media free” way, to hide their cost in human blood from the American public and the world.

After 16 years of war, about 6 million violent deaths, 6 countries utterly destroyed and many more destabilized, it is urgent that the American public come to terms with the true human cost of our country’s wars and how we have been manipulated and misled into turning a blind eye to them – before they go on even longer, destroy more countries, further undermine the rule of international law and kill millions more of our fellow human beings.

20.10.2019 - 20:02 [ Stephen Kinzer / Information Clearing House ]

Condemning Trump on Syria? It’s ‘buffet outrage’

The more recent set of causes for our Kurdish misadventure began in 2011, when President Obama ordered President Bashar Assad of Syria to “step aside.” Beyond the arrogance that leads American presidents to think they can and should decide who may rule other countries lay the utter impossibility of achieving that goal.

20.10.2019 - 14:02 [ New York Times ]

U.S. and Allies Say Syria Leader Must Step Down

(18. August 2011)

“We have consistently said that President Assad must lead a democratic transition or get out of the way,” Mr. Obama said in a written statement released Thursday morning after coordination with allies in Europe. “He has not led. For the sake of the Syrian people, the time has come for President Assad to step aside.”

Almost simultaneously, Prime Minister David Cameron of Britain, President Nicolas Sarkozy of France and Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany issued a joint statement urging Mr. Assad “to face the reality of the complete rejection of his regime by the Syrian people and to step aside in the best interests of Syria and the unity of its people.” Canada made a similar appeal, as did the European Union.

17.10.2019 - 15:27 [ Sarah Abdallah ‏/ Twitter ]

That awkward moment when suddenly the entirety of the corporate propaganda media claims the US wasn’t waging a regime change war in #Syria but Obama, Hillary Clinton and their cronies are all on record since 2011 declaring that “Assad must go”.

16.10.2019 - 18:08 [ Washington Post ]

Assad must go, Obama says

(18.8.2011)

As Obama issued his statement, the leaders of France, Germany and Britain joined him in calling on Assad “to face the reality of the complete rejection of his regime by the Syrian people and to step aside.”

Obama had spoken to French President Nicolas Sarkozy, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister David Cameron over the past two weeks to discuss calling for Assad’s resignation and to coordinate steps on sanctions.

10.10.2019 - 18:05 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu to Obama: Syria Disintegration Allows for ‚Different Thinking‘ on Future of Golan Heights

(10.11.2015)

Netanyahu’s general, implied statement on the Golan Heights draws from political ideas developed by various right-wing figures over the past year, who argue that the situation in Syria and the takeover of ISIS and other Al-Qaida-affiliated groups of large portions of the country may allow Israel to receive international recognition of 1981 the annexation of the Golan Heights.

11.09.2019 - 09:14 [ Nicolas J.S. Davies / Mintpress.com ]

Libya, Syria, Somalia and Yemen: Calculating the Millions-High Death Toll of America’s Post-9/11 Wars

(26.4.2018)

As Barbara Lee presciently warned her colleagues before she cast her lone dissenting vote in 2001, we have “become the evil we deplore.” But these wars have not been accompanied by fearsome military parades (not yet) or speeches about conquering the world. Instead they have been politically justified by “information warfare” to demonize enemies and fabricate crises, and then waged in a “disguised, quiet, media free” way, to hide their cost in human blood from the American public and the world.

After 16 years of war, about 6 million violent deaths, 6 countries utterly destroyed and many more destabilized, it is urgent that the American public come to terms with the true human cost of our country’s wars and how we have been manipulated and misled into turning a blind eye to them – before they go on even longer, destroy more countries, further undermine the rule of international law and kill millions more of our fellow human beings.

11.09.2019 - 08:43 [ Buzzfeed ]

60 Words And A War Without End: The Untold Story Of The Most Dangerous Sentence In U.S. History

(17.1.2014)

Written in the frenzied, emotional days after 9/11, the Authorization for the Use of Military Force was intended to give President Bush the ability to retaliate against whoever orchestrated the attacks. But more than 12 years later, this sentence remains the primary legal justification for nearly every covert operation around the world. Here’s how it came to be, and what it’s since come to mean.

19.08.2019 - 17:25 [ Radio Utopie ]

U.S.-Imperium will „globale Koalition“ für Terrorkrieg 2.0 und bastelt an „Nachrüstung“ der Kriegsvollmacht aus 2001

(2. September 2014)

Auf dem Gipfel des Nordatlantikpakts in Wales wird es weniger um Russland als um die Frage gehen, mit welcher schwachsinnigen Ausrede nun die N.A.T.O. den am 4. Oktober 2001 ausgerufenen „kollektiven Verteidigungsfall“ aufrechterhalten will.

Eine Option: Noch mehr Eroberungen islamischer Staaten, wegen dem „Islamischen Staat“.

(…)

Kern- und Knackpunkt ist dabei das nun seit bald 13 Jahren ausgerufene quasi-religiöse Dogma und Denkverbot, was gerade von allen ehemals oder vermeintlich progressiven, linken, sozialdemokratischen oder sozialistischen Gruppen und Organisationen am vehementesten verteidigt und hochgehalten wird:

Legenden der Geheimdienste dürfen nicht in Frage gestellt werden.

Dafür darf dann um so lauter an ihnen rumgejammert, ein bisschen rumgezupft und sich beklagt werden.

22.07.2019 - 07:47 [ New York Times ]

Trump Sets the Terms on Racial Division. Do Democrats Know What to Do?

Valerie Jarrett, the former senior adviser to Mr. Obama, said any Democratic nominee would do well to mimic the former president’s messaging.

15.06.2019 - 11:03 [ Radio Utopie ]

13-jähriger Terrorkrieg: Die „Authorization For Use of Military Force“ vom 14. September 2001 im Wortlaut

(29.8.2014)

Die nach den Attentaten vom 11. September in den Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika dem Präsidenten vom Kongress persönlich ausgestellte Vollmacht, der ein nun fast dreizehn Jahre andauernder weltweiter Terrorkrieg a.k.a. „war on terror“ folgte, ist in Deutschland immer noch weithin unbekannt.

Radio Utopie dokumentiert dieses in jeder Hinsicht verheerende historische Ermächtigungsgesetz im Wortlaut.

15.06.2019 - 10:45 [ Buzzfeed ]

60 Words And A War Without End: The Untold Story Of The Most Dangerous Sentence In U.S. History

(17.1.2014)

Written in the frenzied, emotional days after 9/11, the Authorization for the Use of Military Force was intended to give President Bush the ability to retaliate against whoever orchestrated the attacks. But more than 12 years later, this sentence remains the primary legal justification for nearly every covert operation around the world. Here’s how it came to be, and what it’s since come to mean.

20.05.2019 - 01:06 [ Washington Examiner ]

Trump critic and former CIA chief John Brennan to brief Democrats on Iran

House Democrats have invited former CIA director and frequent Trump critic John Brennan to brief them on the situation in Iran.

Brennan is scheduled to speak at the party’s weekly caucus meeting Tuesday, according to the Associated Press. Wendy Sherman, a former State Department official who helped negotiate the Iran nuclear deal under President Barack Obama, was also invited.

The meeting will take place the same day Trump administration officials will update lawmakers on escalating tensions between the two countries. Democrats will likely attend both briefings.

21.04.2019 - 10:58 [ Radio Utopie ]

DER 11. SEPTEMBER: Langer Marsch eines Molochs

(10. September 2014)

Entgegen der heutigen Wahrnehmung rauschte die Regierung der USA Anfang des 21. Jahrhunderts keineswegs unvorbereitet in die Attentate des 11. Septembers. Im Gegenteil waren über Jahrzehnte umfangreichste, weit verzweigte „Sicherheits“-Strukturen aufgebaut worden, bereits damals in enger Symbiose mit dem „privaten“, also internationalen kommerziellen Sektor.

09.04.2019 - 09:41 [ Radio Utopie ]

Vergesst den „Brexit“. Die Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika wollen ihren Klon über den Kontinent Europa.

(22. Juni 2016)

Diese „Union“, dieses „Europa“ ist ein Fluch. Sonst gar nichts. Dieses „Europa“ soll zum Teufel gehen, wo es hingehört. Dessen Heuchler und Schergen, vorneweg die Contras der paneuropäisch-ideologischen Scheinlinken, werden nun am Donnerstag dastehen und mehr oder weniger deutlich sagen, „Tja, das habt ihr davon wenn ihr euch widersetzt! Das gibt´s hier nicht! Ihr wisst doch wie´s läuft!“

Das weiß ich und ich widersetze mich nichtsdestrotrotz. Und ich werde den Tag noch erleben, an der Fluch des Krieges, des Verrats, der Heuchelei, der Ausbeutung, die „Europäische Union“, dieses „Europa“ von uns weichen wird.

Weil wir siegen werden.

07.04.2019 - 19:06 [ Radio Utopie ]

Ich bin der Präsident der Vereinigten Staaten. Und ich fühle mich irgendwie beschossen.

Schönen guten Tag, erstmal. Schön wieder hier zu sein, in den Vereinigten Staaten von Europa.

Äh, Moment mal…

07.04.2019 - 18:50 [ CNN ]

Obama worries about progressives‘ ‚rigidity‘ leading to ‚circular firing squad‘ among Democratic Party

„One of the things I do worry about sometimes among progressives in the United States, maybe it’s true here as well, is a certain kind of rigidity where we say, ‚Uh, I’m sorry, this is how it’s going to be,‘ and then we start sometimes creating what’s called a ‚circular firing squad,‘ where you start shooting at your allies because one of them is straying from purity on the issues,“ Obama said a town hall in Berlin, Germany, hosted by the Obama Foundation.

07.04.2019 - 18:49 [ The Young Turks / Youtube ]

Obama Goes After Progressives Again!

Streamed live 14 hours ago

07.04.2019 - 18:47 [ Obama Foundation / Youtube ]

Obama Foundation Town Hall Europe

The Obama Foundation hosted a town hall in Berlin, Germany with President Barack Obama and hundreds of emerging leaders from across Europe. The town hall continued the conversation about the importance of community leadership and civic engagement — and how the Obama Foundation can support emerging leaders in their efforts.

05.04.2019 - 18:35 [ ORF.at ]

„Politische Freunde“: Obama bei Merkel im Kanzleramt

Regierungssprecher Steffen Seibert sagte, es handelte sich um einen vertraulichen Termin. Die Kanzlerin empfange den früheren US-Präsidenten zu einem Gespräch – wie es immer wieder vorkomme, dass sie mit früheren Präsidenten und Regierungschefs, „mit denen sie eine Strecke lang eng und gut zusammengearbeitet hat, auch durchaus nach deren Zeit noch einmal zusammentrifft“.

05.04.2019 - 10:04 [ Buzzfeed ]

60 Words And A War Without End: The Untold Story Of The Most Dangerous Sentence In U.S. History

(17.1.2014)

Written in the frenzied, emotional days after 9/11, the Authorization for the Use of Military Force was intended to give President Bush the ability to retaliate against whoever orchestrated the attacks. But more than 12 years later, this sentence remains the primary legal justification for nearly every covert operation around the world. Here’s how it came to be, and what it’s since come to mean.

02.04.2019 - 09:47 [ Washington Post ]

The U.S. is thinking of invading Venezuela. That’s unlikely to lead to democracy.

(25.3.2019)

In 2015, the Obama administration declared Venezuela a national security threat, following months of protests and subsequent government repression. That declaration opened the door for sanctions against individuals in the Maduro government. The administration’s logic was that economic pressure would encourage military defection and compel the regime either to democratize or collapse, but neither happened.

01.04.2019 - 07:29 [ Netzpolitik.org ]

Nichts gefunden: Auch der Generalbundesanwalt hat NSA-Affäre beendet (Update)

(5.10.2017)

Es gebe keinen Anfangsverdacht für Massenüberwachung durch britische und US-Geheimdienste in Deutschland. Mit dieser Aussage hat auch der Generalbundesanwalt die NSA-Affäre für sich als beendet erklärt. Er hat sich damit reichlich Zeit gelassen: Über vier Jahre sind seit den ersten Anzeigen vergangen.

01.04.2019 - 07:11 [ Wikileaks ]

ALLE WICHTIGEN LEUTE DER KANZLERIN

(8.7.2015)

Am heutigen Mittwoch, den 8.Juli um 18 Uhr veröffentlicht WikiLeaks drei weitere NSA-Abhörprotokolle von Gesprächen der deutschen Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel, zusammen mit einer Liste von 56 NSA-Selektoren, die sich auf die Bundeskanzlerin und das Bundeskanzleramt beziehen. Die Liste enthält nicht nur vertrauliche Telefonnummern der Bundeskanzlerin, sondern auch die Nummern ihrer Spitzenbeamten, ihrer Assistenten, ihres Stabschefs, ihres Büros und sogar ihres Fax-Anschlusses. Die gesammelten NSA-Ziellisten, die von WikiLeaks veröffentlicht wurden, belegen die gezielte Langzeit-Überwachung von 125 Telefonnummern deutscher Politiker und Beamter – und zwar aus politischen und wirtschaftlichen Gründen, wie aus den Kennzeichnungen in den Dokumenten selbst hervorgeht.

Die heute veröffentlichen Protokolle zeigen, dass die obersten Ebenen der US-Administration Merkels Pläne zur internationalen Finanzkrise und der europäischen Bankenrettung ausgewertet haben. Auch ihre privaten Ansichten über das Engagement von Präsident Obama gegenüber dem Iran wurden während eines Gespräches mit dem Kronprinzen Shaykh Muhammad bin Zayid al-Nuhayyan aus den Vereinigten Arabischen Emiraten abgehört.

09.03.2019 - 16:38 [ CNN ]

Joe Biden’s not so secret weapon: Barack Obama

Poll of the week: A new Gallup poll finds that former Vice President Joe Biden holds an 80% favorable rating and 9% unfavorable rating among Democrats. This topped all other current or potential 2020 presidential Democratic candidates.

09.03.2019 - 16:14 [ Nicolas J.S. Davies / Mintpress.com ]

Libya, Syria, Somalia and Yemen: Calculating the Millions-High Death Toll of America’s Post-9/11 Wars

(26.4.2018)

Altogether, in the three parts of this report, I have estimated that America’s post-9/11 wars have killed about 6 million people. Maybe the true number is only 5 million. Or maybe it is 7 million.

09.03.2019 - 16:05 [ Washington Post ]

Assad must go, Obama says

(18.8.2011) As Obama issued his statement, the leaders of France, Germany and Britain joined him in calling on Assad “to face the reality of the complete rejection of his regime by the Syrian people and to step aside.”

Obama had spoken to French President Nicolas Sarkozy, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister David Cameron over the past two weeks to discuss calling for Assad’s resignation and to coordinate steps on sanctions.

09.03.2019 - 16:00 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Hillary Clinton: Muammar Gaddafi ‚must go now‘

(2.3.2011) Testifying before the Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee, Clinton called for an end to the violence in Libya.

She also added that the United States had reserved all its options as it considered additional steps that might be needed to stop Libyan forces from attacking civilians.

09.03.2019 - 15:46 [ IPPNW - International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War ]

Body Count: Casualty Figures after 10 Years of the “War on Terror”

(März 2015)

This investigation comes to the conclusion that the war has, directly or indirectly, killed around 1 million people in Iraq, 220,000 in Afghanistan and 80,000 in Pakistan, i.e. a total of around 1.3 million. Not included in this figure are further war
zones such as Yemen. The figure is approximately 10 times greater than that of which the public, experts and decision makers are aware of and propagated by the media and major NGOs. And this is only a conservative estimate. The total number of deaths in the three countries named above could also be in excess of 2 million, whereas a figure below 1 million is extremely unlikely.

09.03.2019 - 15:41 [ Nafeez Ahmed / Middle East Eye ]

Unworthy victims: Western wars have killed four million Muslims since 1990

(8. April 2015)

In the absence of even the possibility of corroboration, these figures provide plausible estimates based on applying standard statistical methodology to the best, if scarce, evidence available. They give an indication of the scale of the destruction, if not the precise detail.

Much of this death has been justified in the context of fighting tyranny and terrorism. Yet thanks to the silence of the wider media, most people have no idea of the true scale of protracted terror wrought in their name by US and UK tyranny in Iraq and Afghanistan.

09.03.2019 - 15:22 [ Politico.com ]

The Democrats’ Dilemma – What Ilhan Omar and Dean Phillips tell us about the future of the Democratic Party.

As she saw it, the party ostensibly committed to progressive values had become complicit in perpetuating the status quo. Omar says the “hope and change” offered by Barack Obama was a mirage. Recalling the “caging of kids” at the U.S.-Mexico border and the “droning of countries around the world” on Obama’s watch, she argues that the Democratic president operated within the same fundamentally broken framework as his Republican successor.

09.03.2019 - 15:18 [ CNN ]

Rep. Omar appears to criticize Obama in latest swipe at Dem establishment

While progressives have criticized Obama in the past, Omar’s comments — on the heels of a tumultuous week that saw her comments on pro-Israel lobbying shake up Congress — serve as another reminder of how the incoming class of rising star Democratic lawmakers is challenging the party’s status quo.

07.03.2019 - 13:34 [ Real Clear Politics ]

Chris Matthews: „This Was A Takeover Attempt By Netanyahu With His Compliant American Partners“

(3.März 2015) MSNBC’s Chris Matthews reacts to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Minister’s speech to a joint session of Congress. Matthews said Netanyahu was trying to „take power away from the president.“

„This was a takeover attempt by Netanyahu with his complying American partners to take American foreign policy out of the hands of the president,“ Matthews said.

07.03.2019 - 10:00 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Trump kassiert Obama-Dekret: CIA darf zivile Drohnen-Opfer verschweigen

Der damalige Präsident hatte die Angriffe mit den unbemannten Flugzeugen massiv ausgeweitet, unter anderem im afghanisch-pakistanischen Grenzgebiet.
Trump hatte bereits im vergangenen Jahr keinen Bericht mehr vorgelegt. Jetzt annullierte er die Anordnung seines Amtsvorgängers ohne Angabe von Gründen.

06.03.2019 - 20:53 [ Radio Utopie ]

13-jähriger Terrorkrieg: Die „Authorization For Use of Military Force“ vom 14. September 2001 im Wortlaut

(29.8.2014)

Die nach den Attentaten vom 11. September in den Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika dem Präsidenten vom Kongress persönlich ausgestellte Vollmacht, der ein nun fast dreizehn Jahre andauernder weltweiter Terrorkrieg a.k.a. „war on terror“ folgte, ist in Deutschland immer noch weithin unbekannt.

Radio Utopie dokumentiert dieses in jeder Hinsicht verheerende historische Ermächtigungsgesetz im Wortlaut.

06.03.2019 - 20:49 [ Buzzfeed ]

60 Words And A War Without End: The Untold Story Of The Most Dangerous Sentence In U.S. History

(17. Januar 2014)

Written in the frenzied, emotional days after 9/11, the Authorization for the Use of Military Force was intended to give President Bush the ability to retaliate against whoever orchestrated the attacks. But more than 12 years later, this sentence remains the primary legal justification for nearly every covert operation around the world.

06.03.2019 - 20:42 [ obamawhitehouse.archives.gov ]

Remarks by the President at the National Defense University

(23. Mai 2013)

So I look forward to engaging Congress and the American people in efforts to refine, and ultimately repeal, the AUMF’s mandate. And I will not sign laws designed to expand this mandate further. Our systematic effort to dismantle terrorist organizations must continue. But this war, like all wars, must end. That’s what history advises. That’s what our democracy demands.

06.03.2019 - 20:37 [ ABC News ]

Obama: ‚This War, Like All Wars, Must End‘

(23. Mai 2013)

Now, the speech:

The president who dramatically expanded the CIA secret drone war, ordered a troop surge in Afghanistan and aggressively prosecuted leakers made a forceful defense of his actions and an even more forceful case for winding down the war on terrorism.

The key line: „This war, like all wars, must end. That’s what history advises. That’s what our democracy demands.“

12.02.2019 - 16:33 [ Cato Institute ]

A Guide to Saudi Arabia’s Influence in Washington

(6.12.2018) The United States has long pursued a generally pro-Saudi policy in the Middle East, a legacy of the Cold War when the United States relied heavily on the Saudis to push back against Soviet influence. Saudi Arabia’s geopolitical importance-and its position as the world’s swing producer of oil-has often led U.S. policymakers to minimize criticism of Saudi Arabia. Even as fifteen of the nineteen 9/11 hijackers were shown to be Saudi citizens, for example, the George W. Bush administration pushed to maintain the close U.S.-Saudi relationship while privately criticizing Saudi support for religious extremism. The Trump administration, however, has taken the United States’ selective vision on Saudi Arabia to new extremes.