Ever since most of the September 11 hijackers turned out Saudis, US right-wing leaders have looked funny for being warm towards SA.
And not only right-wingers.
Meanwhile, US First Son-in-law has a bromance with the SA Crown Prince, who, reportedly, said having the US Crown-Prince in his pocket.
This relationship could be too close for comfort now a journalist who has been highlighting that SA’s flirtation with modernity and social reforms are just cosmetic, allegedly was ordered murdered by the SA royal. If true, that would be proof enough that really nothing has changed.
Realistic suspicion only hints at one option (murder) but so far, there are many rumors and few public facts about what happened to the journalist. It is unclear if SA assisting Turkey in this investigation is going to help or hinder. (How strange is this. Just imagine a crime family being welcomed by the police to jointly investigate murder allegations against it. More likely, so, is that Turkey only wants SA to cooperate with it.)
Turkey may have gotten itself in trouble too with a likely lie of having a tape of the journalist’s murder. When later there is no such recording, is that because they chummed up with SA or was it a lie all along?
But also the US “royal” may be in social trouble now it seems that, though making hundreds of millions a year, through legal loopholes, he has been able to avoid paying taxes for years. Loopholes that his father-in-law’s administration just enlarged. (Different from the Trumps who for decades also avoided paying tax but partly through fraud, allegedly.)
So, Trump had no choice than to promise to “severely punish” the SA Crown Prince, if this were found to be true – which is Trumpian for not doing anything. (Trump, being the showman that he is, covers up this trouble with a success story of freeing a Turkey-held pastor.)
This should not worry the SA Crown Prince. Kushner could stay away until all is forgotten. But, fortunately, Trump’s fury has plummeted SA’s currency. SA threats against those speaking badly about SA isn’t helping.
Against Iran, even badly behaving friends are welcome. The question is though, is Trump’s mildness on SA political, or is there a personal component to his rush to forgive? In reality, Trump, both as private businessman and as US president, has deep financial ties with SA.
So, shouldn’t we be so more worried about this US Administration having sold its soul to SA than to Russia (also not such sweethearts), having found it in so many compromising positions with the latter?