This was an especially well-informed discussion of American politics, which isn't common these days. There is also a bit of discussion about international politics: Ukraine, the Middle East, Spain. Some of it was great, other parts not so great. Long having been a watcher of the two Alexes, I was wondering about their take on American politics. I guess they let this guy Barnes speak for them. It is long: 2.5 hours. Below are some critical notes.
Moon of Alabama has a fascinating discussion today about Iran and Saudi Arabia agreeing to work together.
... Mediated By China Iran And Saudi Arabia Restore Ties - There Are Winners And Losers
This is huge!
Regional rivals Iran and Saudi Arabia agree to restore ties after years of tensions
Yesterday I pointed out how the Biden Administration is now talking to the legitimate government of Venezuela, a government that Washington doesn't actually recognize, in order to get their oil flowing again.
Today the spin started.
When Mohammed bin Salman, sixth and favourite son of Saudi Arabia’s King Salman, launched Operation Decisive Storm against the Houthis in Yemen in 2015 he expected the war to be won in a matter of weeks. He had every reason to be confident. Ground forces from Egypt, Morocco, Jordan, Sudan, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, and Academi (formerly called Blackwater) took part in the invasion.
Saudi Arabia has committed countless war crimes in Yemen with American planes and bombs.
Not only does the Trump Administration not care about this, they seem proud of it.
But the Trump Administration does care about mass layoffs in Texas during an election year, and by a strange twist of fate Frackers and AntiWar Activists have wound up on the same side of an issue.
The soon-to-be demise of the Saudi monarchy has come about from two stupid wars of choice that they intentionally started.
It couldn't have happened to a more deserving group of criminals.
The Oil Price War
The Saudis, western media and governments all tried to tell us how the Houthis weren't sophisticated enough to carry out the drone/missile attack a few weeks back, despite headlines like these in May.
Remember in 2002 when the neocons in Washington told us that we had to attack Iraq because of 9/11, eventhough Iraq had nothing to do with it?
So now Iran is being blamed for the attack on Saudi oil fields, and anonymous warmongers claim that they have proof.