Trump’s First Foreign Travel as President
by Stephen Lendman
His stops later this month will include Saudi Arabia, Israel, the Vatican, a NATO meeting in Brussels, and a G7 summit in Taormica, Sicily.
On Thursday, he said he’ll meet with what he called “leaders from across the Muslim world” in Saudi Arabia – falsely claiming it’s to enlist cooperation in “combat(ing) terrorism and violence” Washington fosters and supports.
Nor is his trip about “embrac(ing) a more just and hopeful future for young Muslims in their countries.” He’s focused on massacring them in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen and elsewhere.
America’s agenda under Republican and Democrat administrations is war, not peace; confrontation, not cooperation; destroying bridges, not building them; and dominance, not respect for the rights of all nations and their people.
Saudi Arabia was chosen as his Arab world stop because of its oil, super-wealth, and willingness to use it in aiding Washington’s imperial agenda – not because of its status as custodian for Islam’s two holiest sites in Mecca and Medina.
An unnamed administration official said his trip will show “America first is fully compatible with American leadership in the world.”
He’ll “reverse what had been a trend of America’s disengagement from the world and some of its biggest problems.”
No “disengagement” exists. Its empire of bases spans every continent, most countries. Its wars rage in multiple theaters. Its agenda seeks unchallenged global dominance – one raped and destroyed country at a time, responsible for appalling human misery worldwide, Trump continuing the agenda of his predecessors.
On May 22, he’ll arrive at Ben-Gurion airport to visit Israel and the Palestinian Authority. He’ll promote dead-on-arrival peace talks – the way they always are when initiated because Washington and Israel want Palestinian surrender and subservience, not peace, stability and statehood.
On May 23, he’ll visit Bethlehem and the Church of the Nativity before departing in the afternoon.
Netanyahu lied, claiming he’s “always ready for genuine peace.”
Israel waged war without mercy on Palestine since 1948, on the Occupied Territories since 1967.
Its policy remains unchanged – wanting control over all valued parts of Judea and Samaria, Palestinians restricted to isolated bantustans on worthless scrubland, ruthlessly eliminating challenges to its dominance.
Like his predecessors, Trump supports its despicable agenda, pursuing US global hegemony at the same time, waging endless wars while pretending to support peace and stability.
His new book as editor and contributor is titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.”