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President Joe Biden has adopted begging as a new diplomatic strategy. Oil prices are high, filling Saudi coffers and offering Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman a chance to add another yacht, French chalet, or even Rembrandt — presumably a real one, this time — to his collection. After all, rising petroleum prices spare him the need to shake down another gaggle of billionaires for profit and pleasure. (MbS, as the crown prince is known, claimed to be combatting corruption, an example of chutzpah-squared by someone who treats the state treasury as his own.)
Faced with rising public dissatisfaction over shortages, delays, rampant inflation — who would imagine that pouring trillions of dollars into the economy would cause that!? — President Joe Biden called Uncle Sam’s buds in Riyadh and asked the Saudis to increase oil production. Whined the president : “The idea that Russia and Saudi Arabia and other major producers are not going to pump more oil so people can have gasoline to get to and from work, for example, is not right.”
Of course, this had an immediate impact in Riyadh. MbS felt ashamed at having taken advantage of the American people and announced that he planned to double oil production. Then he lauded the president’s articulate and persuasive case.
Only kidding! MbS had a good laugh and told Biden to take a long hike in the desert. The Saudis said there would be no change in policy as they watched their bank vaults rapidly fill. Far from looking like a dominant superpower, Washington came off as a weakling supplicant.
In fact, America’s ties with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia long have been a great embarrassment. The libertine, licentious royals publicly play the role of ascetic Muslims at home, then fly airplanes filled with family elites abroad to enjoy a sybaritic lifestyle of which the rest of us could only dream. All paid for by the people left at home whose resources are being looted by one of the few absolute monarchies left on earth.
For decades American presidents have cravenly sought favor in Riyadh, apparently believing that the Saudis would […]
One Sick Day Proves We Need More Voices in Truthful Media
On October 19, I was sick. It crossed my mind that I had finally gotten the ‘rona, but my wife’s cream of chicken soup and a few extra hours of sleep into mid-afternoon had be back up and running after a sleepless night before.
When I finally stumbled over to my computer in the evening, I was met with a deluge of concern from readers. They asked what had happened as only one article had been posted that day. Generally, we post between 10-20 daily between all of the sites, not included curated and aggregated content. Seeing that we’d only posted my super-early morning article before taking the rest of the day off had readers assuming the worst.
We have a wonderful and talented group of writers who volunteer their time for the sites and their readers. Sharing their amazing perspectives has always been a blessing to us because we cannot afford to hire anyone at this time. But having great writers is meaningless if we don’t have great editors, or at least one additional. My wife helps me read and edit stories from time to time, but I’m a one-man show when it comes to getting the stories posted.
Whenever I highlight our desperate need for donations, I note that we do not receive money from Google ads even though most in conservative media are beholden. I often ambiguously note that the money donated will help us grow. Today, I’m highlighting a specific need. We must get an editor to help take some of the load and to expand on our mission of spreading the truth to the world. One sick day proved that.
The great news is that there is no shortage of people who CAN help. I am emailed variations of resumes every week by people who are much smarter than I am. As much as I’d love to hire some of them, we simply cannot. That takes money and as blessed as we’ve been to receive donations and collect ad money (though not from Google or Facebook), we have still fallen short.
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