Meanwhile, the American left remains convinced that their priority should remain resisting an alleged covert alliance between Russia and the Trump administration of which no evidence actually exists.
They have made this a
priority at the expense of exposing and resisting a documented and
longstanding alliance between the US and Saudi Arabia that has
endured for decades.
It is no coincidence that both Riyadh and its American sponsors are fighting precisely the same enemies as the Islamic State:
In essence, President
Trump's visit to Riyadh represents a paradox for Trump supporters.
Worst of all, Riyadh
perpetuates Wahhabism with the explicit and long-term support of the
United States, including now under the Trump administration.
President Trump's victory
at the polls was supposed to reverse this "infiltration."
These networks were
employed for decades, including during several attempts to break the
Syrian nation under the rule of current Syrian President Bashar Al
Assad's father, Hafez al-Assad.
However, it is clear,
that if one nation's government should be attacked, undermined and
overthrown in pursuit of defeating the threat of Wahhabism and
groups who practice it - Al Qaeda and the Islamic State - it would
be Saudi Arabia.
Yet there is no actual
evidence of this or that US policy - foreign or domestic - would
have differed had Clinton won the election.
President Obama sealed the largest weapons deal in US history with Riyadh in 2010. President Trump plans on augmenting that 60 billion USD deal with a proposed 11.5 billion USD deal which includes combat vessels.
The UK Independent reports that:
The Independent also notes that:
It is clear that after Obama sealed a 60 billion USD deal with Riyadh in 2010, its "suspension" of certain weapon delivered were all but symbolic, and now with President Trump in office, to be reversed.
The Independent's mention of Yemen is important.
It is a conflict which, like Syria, began in 2011 and has persisted with the brutal suppression of anti-US-Saudi-backed government forces across the nation as well as Yemen's civilian population.
The US-backed regime in Riyadh has targeted Yemen with aerial bombardment, sea and air blockades, and even multiple ground invasions.
Many who support or oppose President Trump appear oblivious to the ongoing conflict in Yemen despite repeatedly weighing in on the adjacent Syrian conflict. This is owed to the selective and dishonest reporting of Western media.
This same media, who proposes that President Trump is coddling Russia at the expense of US sovereignty, has failed to expose with equal vigor the bipartisan support both President Obama and now President Trump have exhibited toward a very real threat to American - and global- security, Saudi Arabia.
In addition to the brutality it has subjected neighboring Yemen to, Saudi Arabia oppresses and executes hundreds of its own citizens as well, many of which are executed by public beheading.
The Guardian in a 2016 article reports that up to 157 executions were carried out in 2015, with beheadings reaching their highest level in two decades.
This means that Saudi barbarity is on the rise, and despite attempts to portray the regime as one in the process of "reforming," the facts reveal a regime doubling down within the safety of impunity provided to it by Western politicians and the media.
Finding Common Ground
While the American left appears fixated on President Trump's alleged ties to Russia, documented ties to Riyadh go unnoticed and unopposed.
And while the American right is fixated on calling out Muslims real or imagined anywhere they find them, they remain oblivious to the fact that their own candidate of choice is coddling the very source of actual global terrorism.
It is an impressive accomplishment by the Western media, to convince the public that Washington's competitors are their covert allies and that true enemies of American principles, for all intents and purposes, don't even exist.
By doing so, the media has managed to enlist the American left in an adversarial campaign against Moscow it would have otherwise found impossible to provoke.
It has also managed to slake racist and bigoted perceptions among Trump supporters without exposing Saudi Arabia or President Trump's role in propping up the Saudi regime and the terror the US and Riyadh collectively propagate globally.
President Trump's visit to Riyadh and the indifference among both the left and the right regarding it in many ways exposes the alternate reality American political discourse currently resides in.
It is one dominated by emotions at the expense of facts, and until journalists, analysts and activists point out and question why both the left and the right share this critical blind spot instead of finding common ground within it, this unfortunate game will continue to,