The Dramatic Pageantry of The Arab Islamic American Summit – Video and Discussion…

The Saudi people and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia are very proud of what they were able to accomplish during this historic visit by President Donald Trump to the summit of a united Arab coalition. (Summit Production Video):


The entire region should be proud.

Despite the popular western dismissive media narrative, the summit was a resounding success. Beyond the royal pageantry, we can only imagine the internal anxiety if our beloved America was defined by the abhorrent behavior of the Westboro Baptist Church.


Imprimipostest – This is an incredible American initiative, very pragmatic in its overall tone, yet filled with tremendous theoretical implications for future relations with Near-Eastern Islamic cultures.

Even the iconic symbolism of President Trump, Melania, Ivanka, and those accompanying the President (from the single Marine in dress uniform standing vigilantly behind him when walking down the reception red carpet, to the extremely competent cabinet members accompanying him in the conferences) that has been televised throughout those regions will have dramatic repercussions for the good.

The long-term potential shift of mentality within the general population throughout those regions may now include an enhanced awareness the United States and the true principles upon which it is founded.

As well, such may have implications long-term on how the Qur’an may be interpreted as critical historical scholarship concerning its historical sources and meanings will likely become more thoroughly examined and assimilated. This may be but one of the fruits to emerge from the President’s proposal of establishing a ‘Globalist Center for Combating Extremist Ideology’.

This dramatic American action may well have laid the foundation and conditions for a new and fruitful future for Islam, Israel, and Christianity. (link)

There are sure to be detractors, antagonists, who would choose the dismissive route even amid our own country.

Within that reaction from David Axelrod we find the inherent liberal disconnect known as projection.  Notice his use of the term “we”, who said “we”?

President Trump is challenging Islam to cleanse itself of evil, not us; “them“, their fight, their struggle – our support.

[…]  The expressed policy outlook of President Trump is for the United States to be the best; and through our actions and behaviors to lead on global initiatives that show how we define ourselves and our values.

This approach is specifically centered around a policy position stating we do not need to demand acceptance of those values, and we respect independent nations’ that may hold values or beliefs not identical to our own.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has cultured this approach throughout each of his diplomatic engagements.   The U.S. leans forward on all Trump policy objectives through the perspective of our national needs first; but that does not necessarily mean we demand or force other nations into a compliance mindset.

Compliance implies aversarialism.  President Trump and Secretary Tillerson do not view international engagements as necessarily adversarial.

The U.S. can engage eye-to-eye with the same level of respect to the smallest as we exhibit toward the largest (our own size does not need to be part of the equation, it is self evident), and work policy objectives toward the point of mutual benefit.  If the engaged nation does not receive benefit from the policy, we do not demand an acceptance of it; and more importantly we express both an understanding and a respect of their position and inability.

This Trumpian approach, a willingness not to undermine and to accept the partners downside position within any policy, is grounded on inherent truth.

President Trump and Secretary Tillerson openly accept and admit when the engaged partner will be unable to meet our defined terms; we discuss what actions can be take to remove the inherent obstacle in the future; we make a commitment (or not) toward removing that obstacle; we shake hands and we part company retaining the position of friendship and optimism for the potential of re-engagement at a later date.

[…]  This dynamic is unique – because no member of the Trump Administration’s policy team is approaching any of the policies from a position of their own inherent politics.   Team Trump, writ large, represents America’s best interests, not the political construct of America’s best interests.  [Coincidentally this approach is why Trump has so much domestic opposition]

This non-political approach and simultaneous respect exhibits honesty within the transaction.  Yes, both Tillerson and Trump approach politics through the transactional prism, it’s what deal-makers do. (more)

Wisdom breezes gently, reassuringly, through the Tree House branches:

♦”Sorry I don’t know the answer, but Trump does not understand Islam. Wait and see.”

SHARON – If, on the other hand, he does actually understand Islam and as the President of our Sovereign Nation wishes to speak truth to a great assembly of Islamic leaders while demanding their respect and expecting a yielding response, how would he speak differently?

There are people I do not trust as far as I can throw them (including some in my own extended family) but I do not thereby refuse to speak with them or count every occasion in their presence as an opportunity to go after their worst foibles.

Are you assuming that Trump does not understand Islam because he is present with them? Do you assume that he doesn’t understand Chinese Communism because he met with President Xi? Do you assume that he doesn’t understand Catholicism because he won’t (as a Presbyterian) go to the Vatican and preach John Calvin?

Are you projecting your perceptions of what he should do instead of what he did do and assuming that his choice – different than yours – reflects lack of understanding?

This actually is the man who has persisted in stopping/restricting Moslem immigration into the United States. Seems to me that reflects some basic understanding of Islam.  (link)

We, the proud deplorables, we band of brothers and sisters, are entirely clear-eyed as to the scope of the challenge. No-one amid our association is naive to the seemingly impossible scale against the backdrop of history.

It may be that their task is impossible. Yet, if they do not try then how will we know it can’t be done? And if they do not try, it most certainly won’t be done…


“You have a unique personality that is uniquely qualified to do the impossible”

~ President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi

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338 Responses to The Dramatic Pageantry of The Arab Islamic American Summit – Video and Discussion…

  1. daughnworks247 says:

    I’m just makin’ the muffins here but wondering —- Will we see push back from the Saudi’s and others against the American Mainstream Media?

    Liked by 9 people

    • auscitizenmom says:

      Hm. Interesting question.


    • bertdilbert says:

      Heh, the Saudi’s now have a terrorism center to fight back against the MSM.

      Liked by 10 people

      • trump said terror or terrorism 36 times in his speech.
        killer words. he just dissociated the crazies from his good friends through the mid-east.
        isis behavior now defines their status, trump is shoving them out of civilized islam.
        scott adams must be in awe.

        would someone from msnbc please explain again how and why the muslim world will turn against trump and his policies?

        Liked by 3 people

      • mizzvikki says:

        BS! IF you believe this, I have a bridge to sell you!


    • fangdog says:

      When you think about it, the American Mainstream Media is as big threat as ISIS when it comes to our freedom and liberty. ISIS can become isolated and eventually destroyed. The American Mainstream Media can go on poisoning the minds of millions upon millions of Americans each and everyday.

      Seriously, who has the better chance making America a Socialist/Communist style government; ISIS? or American Mainstream Media?

      Liked by 17 people

    • dalethorn says:

      As much as has been said about Islam’s justification for lying to protect certain self interests, in some cases, no decent Arab/Muslim leader would ever respect an utterly immoral and out-of-control outfit like CNN or Huffington Post. I think they could respect the New York Times, because the Times’ lies are more sophisticated and backed by institutions with a certain reputation. Our problem here is we have way too many Americans reading CNN and Huffington and others of their ilk.

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      • piper567 says:

        I just have to say, I am smitten with King Salman.
        watched him carefully during TRUMP’s speech to the assembled…The King seemed to have such a sustained wistful expression…as if he knew the window in which we exist…and was not certain it would work.
        I believe he is a visionary on the order of TRUMP.
        prayers need to be daily.


    • CaptainNonno says:

      I would think the obvious response by the Admin is; ‘They have their way wn agenda. Ignore them, treat them for who they are. They do not speak for America. ‘


    • Victoria Larsen says:

      Not likely, they are totally invested in the “ugly main stream media” or haven’t you noticed?


  2. repsort says:

    SD, “…we can only imagine the internal anxiety if our beloved America was defined by the abhorrent behavior of the Westboro Baptist Church.”

    If the majority of Americans agreed with/sympathized with/supported the Westboro freaks we would be defined by them. We don’t, we denounce the @#$% out of them and ostracize them. Not so with the Muslims. They don’t police themselves.

    Maybe this will be the start of that.

    Liked by 9 people

    • JustSomeInputFromAz says:

      Well that is what President Trump asked them to do…..

      Liked by 4 people

      • Esperanza says:

        Totally agree with Trump on this. It’s time we stopped defining Islam for Muslims. It’s up to them to do it. Otherwise we have surrealist situations like David Cameron the ex UK PM deciding who I or isn’t a Muslim.

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    • haoleboy says:

      We can certainly hope. There is a very large faction of Muslims (possibly the majority) who are against the extremists yet afraid to speak out. And they are generally not combat armed.

      I pray that this new accord allows them to have a stronger place in refusing this evil.

      I commend Trump and am in awe of his acumen.

      How the Muslim will be able to assume a different posture from the past ideology of world dominion will certainly be interesting.

      Liked by 6 people

    • Joe Blow says:

      I’m afraid it’s more than simply a matter of policing themselves. I’ve said this before, but there really is no radical Islam, only Islam itself. Those who do not subscribe to the same ideologies as the terrorists & are considered moderates are in fact apostates in the eyes of their own religion.

      Thank the Lord that there are many who do not follow this religion to the letter & are not “radical”. That they are not is the complete antithesis of Islam, however. The WBC is completely antithetical to Christianity. Any real Christian knows this. Unfortunately the same cannot be said of Islam.

      May God use the events of these end days to draw as many as possible to Jesus.

      Liked by 8 people

      • A Christian is called to emulate the behavior of Christ. Not all do, but that is the goal.

        A Muslim is called to emulate the behavior of Mohammed. Not all do, thankfully.Those who do NOT emulate Mohammed are the ones with whom it is possible to co-exist. No one dares to admit this as doing so publicly results in death threats.


    • Lunatic Fringe says:

      And as abhorrent as Westboro is, and they are, they aren’t putting people in cages and lighting them on fire. They are awful but there is a HUGE difference between saying “God Hates _ _ _ _” and throwing _ _ _ _ off of buildings.

      Liked by 2 people

    • SafeSpace says:

      resport: Sounds like you understand what the Qu’ran actually says about “submission” and “infidels”. So-called Islamist extremism, according to their good book, is the tip of their spear, a demonstration of the Qu’ran’s system of dominant theocratic statism in action.

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  3. Warning! Watch out for spin from MSM!

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    • Somewhere in Dixie says:

      One thing I noticed watching the events in Saudi Arabia was the face of awe and disbelief that Priebus had. It took him by surprise. I don’t think, deep down, he ever expected the welcome that Our Lion received from the Saudis. Another thing to notice is this: how is it possible to have so many leaks every day but a trip like this, which took many people and many hours of work to put together, was not leaked at all?????

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  4. SR says:

    President is super bright with high Q and most of these politicians can not think one dimensional without the help of lobbyist. PTrump knows how to control money supply from corp, middle east, lobbyist, super rich people and other sources to rats, RINO, fake msm, think tanks, Clintons, Bushes and illegals. Let see how things will change in next 6 months. Fake msm and rats are trapped with fake Russia story.

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    • fangdog says:

      MSM rats should be part and parcel to the Swamp Draining. The mainstream media are libtards (socialist/communist). The MSM is an important tool being used by anti-American forces for the overthrow of the present Executive branch of our government.

      The American people need to be more aware of the dangerous threat the MSM poses for all Americans. All other functions of government has a degree of responsibility and accountability. The MSM seemingly has none. Yes, there are voices of complaints, but no real mechanism for remedy. The phrase, “A free press” has become a misnomer. The United States press has become as corrupt and controlled as any press, if not more than many countries in the World.

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  5. keebler AC says:

    From President Trump’s speech,

    But no discussion of stamping out this threat would be complete without mentioning the government that gives terrorists all three—safe harbor, financial backing, and the social standing needed for recruitment. It is a regime that is responsible for so much instability in the region. I am speaking of course of Iran.

    From Lebanon to Iraq to Yemen, Iran funds, arms, and trains terrorists, militias, and other extremist groups that spread destruction and chaos across the region. For decades, Iran has fueled the fires of sectarian conflict and terror.

    Guess which middle-east country Obama chose to hijack money to? And what is Valerie Jarrett’s country of birth and dual nationality?


    To whom has Obama therefore consecrated his soul in the furtherance of terrorism at home and abroad?

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  6. sunnydaze says:

    Number of views for this fantastic speech so far……..

    180K YT
    800 K facebook.

    Almost a million views and counting.

    Liked by 8 people

    • Minnie says:

      By hook or by crook, the message is reaching Americans, much to the chagrin of RM (radical media, thanks again, homie 👍)

      Liked by 2 people

    • I posted a Treehouse version of the speech on my FB page (400+ friends). Does that count? Also, I sent it to my rabbi in hopes he can calm the hysterical portion of our congregation! Don’t know whether it will work, but it’s worth a try. He’s not hysterical.


  7. deplorabledaveinsocal says:

    I found this video showing the route in. Look at the billboards and US flags flying. There is no box…

    Liked by 20 people

  8. Iam An American says:

    Sundance, thanks for your well articulated summary of the summit.

    Being a historian and familiar in the South Asian region, I read that ex-Pakistan General is going to lead the Arab/Muslim nations to fight against the sub-humans thugs of the region. This is really troublesome unless POTUS Trump / SoD Mattis have plans to monitor the involvement of Pakistan and their intelligence agency ISI.
    The nine eleven attack, though vast majority of the ‘sub humans’ are from KSA, it was the intelligence agency ISI of Pakistan that helped and coordinated with UBL, ensured all the men were from US friendly nations. It’s also a fact that the Pak military establishment on one hand supported the US, also enabled the Taliban. It is the Pakistan govt/military/ISI which is still fighting with India / Afghanistan (indirectly thru the warlords of the region) with the US supplied money/military equipment and at the same time sending the US made military equipment to China so the Chinese can reverse engineer and produce en masse, provide it for free to Pak. An example JF17 which is 100% copy of our F16/7. If I am not mistaken when UBL was hunted, it was the Pakistani Military that recovered (partially) the remains of the crashed US helicopter, handed over it to the US Military after their Chinese comrades inspected, took pictures/ video of it. Given the double game of Pakistan, I wish US is smarter this time. Let us hope for the best and look forward to your inputs.

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  9. Michael says:

    “There are people I do not trust as far as I can throw them (including some in my own extended family) but I do not thereby refuse to speak with them or count every occasion in their presence as an opportunity to go after their worst foibles.”

    This feels like a slap up side head.
    Michael is humbled.
    Thank you.

    Liked by 6 people

    • mikeyboo says:

      “There are people I do not trust as far as I can throw them (including some in my own extended family) but I do not thereby refuse to speak with them or count every occasion in their presence as an opportunity to go after their worst foibles.”

      But you don’t let them hold your wallet or trust them with the safety of your family.

      I admire Pres Trump’s effort. I just hope he will have enough humility to admit failure if our new Muslim “friends” turn out to be enemies. In the immortal words of Pres Regan: “trust but verify”.

      Liked by 3 people

      • Kaco says:

        I was kind of worried about the arms deal and turning on Israel with it. But if Obama did an arms deal with them before and it hadn’t happened, then I wouldn’t think it would under POTUS.

        Liked by 1 person

      • Michael says:

        I agree absolutely. I just need remember the Serenity Prayer.
        I have no control or even influence over batcaca leftist in-laws.


  10. missmarple2 says:

    It occurs to me that there is a lot of Saudi cash floating around Washington.

    Perhaps it can be used, or not used, to advance peace in the Middle East (which the press is obviously opposing).

    Liked by 2 people

    • bertdilbert says:

      Saudi is at war in Iranian supported Yemen. That should answer the question.


    • jackphatz says:

      Why was it there in the first place?


    • how about this?

      Liked by 12 people

      • JustSomeInputFromAz says:

        Oh My, would that be just so delicious…..hmmm, 10 scoops of Ice Cream.

        Liked by 5 people

      • bertdilbert says:

        When they say private infrastructure money, they mean things like toll roads that produce revenue. Building a port facility is also considered infrastructure but has the ability to produce a return on investment.

        When the Saudi’s are committing funds from the sovereign wealth fund, it is investment. A wall that does not produce income does not qualify.

        Liked by 1 person

        • EV22 says:

          Oh, come come. There are plenty of ways to pay dividends on an investment in the wall.

          Liked by 3 people

        • Jeremy Smith says:

          The US spends $100 billion a year on illegals and their spawn. Cutting the welfare/healthcare/housing/education/asylum costs would save much of those billions. This can be done by ramping up deportation and building a wall. Look at it this way. The Saudi money can go to the wall initially, then when the US starts saving the billions then money can be shuttled to other investments. Saudi Arabia has built a very fancy fence constructed by Germany (ironic) on their Iraq border and have/or are building one on the Yemen border. Saudi Arabia has also expelled hundreds of thousands of migrants, legal and legal. 40,000 Pakistanis just a few months ago.


        • CaptainNonno says:

          The ‘income’ will flow from Mexico. Remittances, drug money, taxes etc.


  11. Kelly says:

    First, whoever edited the video is a virtuoso. Second, this was one great big back handed slap to Iran’s ugly, hairy face. What I find fascinating and, frankly, stunning is the visual symbols of a partnership between Saudi and America. Not just that, the American symbols were represented in a very respectful way. Trump’s speech will be considered one of the best foreign speeches in history.

    What does the left have? Nothing. Though they may be trumpeting their complain du jour, secretly this trip is like a dagger into their cold, dead hearts.

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  12. buckweaver27 says:

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    • lorenetn says:

      I also saw POTUS pause as the King was getting up out of his chair to be sure he was okay getting up and to steady him if need be so he would be safe.

      PTrump is a natural at this.

      Liked by 17 people

      • President Trump is a good guy. Remember at the debates when Ben Carson didn’t hear his name and stood there at the curtains? Trump came out and stood next to him while all the other candidates just walked by them like they were furniture. Then Trump went out with Ben Carson and they went to the podiums. It was a classy nice thing to do. One of the reasons I truly believe Ben Carson to this day stands by him. Because Trump stood by Ben to save him from embarrassment.

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        • Jeffrey Leyerle says:

          Nice catch! During the campaign, his helping hand was always there for the speakers that were victims of illegal immigrant crime. At the podium, Trump would adjust the microphone up or down and always seek ways to make things better them. Our President is very accommodating and attentive to those dear to him.

          On the other hand, if he doesn’t like you, not so much.

          Liked by 2 people

        • corimari2013 says:

          A man’s moral fiber and quality of character can be clearly seen in how he treats his fellow man in the most basic ways. Showing respect, consideration, and unselfish concern for the welfare of others is what President Trump consistently does.
          He models how we should all show courtesy and kindness to our fellow human beings.
          And, I am grateful to him for reviving etiquette!
          Without the above decencies and civilities, our culture slides rapidly into barbarism.

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      • SafeSpace says:

        Anyone remember how King Putt, strutting to the microphones to blast Boston Police for “acting stupidly”, walked right past the handicapped and aging black professor Gates? And how a uniformed Boston LEO came to Gates’ rescue? With Obama, everything was “me, me, me.”


    • Lion2017 says:

      A picture is worth a 1000 words!!
      You are a unique & special man President Trump!

      Liked by 11 people

    • Steele81 says:

      And our President Trump helps without making it obvious. That is a beautiful thing.

      Liked by 10 people

    • Minnie says:

      That’s OUR President!

      Looking forward to watching Sundance’s continued coverage as President and First Lady Trump arrive in Israel on Monday.

      Thank you 👍

      Liked by 6 people

    • Fe says:

      The kindness shown towards the Saudi King by our President humbles me. Forget that they are powerful men, focus on them simply as one human being acting thoughful and kind towards another human being.

      ❤Our President.

      Liked by 12 people

    • Alexsandra says:

      I noticed before the dinner last night when the king arrived he had a cane and all his bodyguards were around him, with one watching closely to see if he needed anything. I see that they trust President Trump to walk freely with the king, helping him, as there is no cane and no nearby bodyguard by the king.

      Liked by 4 people

    • bofh says:

      In some ways, similar to the episode during one of the pre-election “debates” when Ben Carson missed his entrance cue and froze in the stage wings, and the remaining candidates all walked right past him. Except for PDJT, who stopped, spoke with him, and waited with him until it was straightened out. The man just has a good, caring heart and acts as it directs him. You can’t fake that.

      Liked by 11 people

      • GrantsLounge says:

        President Trump has the gift of awareness, which enables him to connect with people from all walks of life. From the street sweeper in NYC, to the King in the Arabian desert.

        Liked by 9 people

    • keebler AC says:

      … and the King accepts Trump’s strong hand like a contented elder father.

      Liked by 3 people

    • Left_at_Dunkirk says:

      In the Middle East, holding another man’s hand is a sign of alliance and endearment. The Saudi King is sending a STRONG signal that he and President Trump are allies. The former king did the same with President Bush.

      Liked by 7 people

      • mopar2016 says:

        And that big picture above (right after the article) is very telling.
        The large picture of president Trump and the Saudi king standing and shaking hands.
        Take a look at the kings face. It’s a look of respect and admiration.
        You can’t fake that look.

        Liked by 2 people

        • Esperanza says:

          I find this profoundly moving. This is Salman’s living will. His last actions on earth will be o promote peace in the ME.


    • Bakokitty says:

      We observed this consideration and kindness during the debates when President Trump waited with Ben Carson when he didn’t hear his name called and the other candidates walked past him to their podiums.
      But Trump stayed with him and waited, then they walked out together. This was a class act that showed President Trump’s character and kindness.


  13. keeler says:

    As honor and public respect is to Chinese culture, so is hospitality to Arabic culture.

    Allowing the Saudis to host a grand fete for the whole world to see, and thanking them for being such wonderful hosts, was a brilliant gesture on the part President Trump. Doing so not only stroked the camel’s hair, but reflected legitimacy to the Saudi monarchy as stewards of the Islamic holy sites and a guardian of Sunni Islam.

    The Saudis are an imperfect partner, to be sure, but the West is not going to end international terrorism by reforming Islamic culture from the outside. Give respect to, without being deferential towards, the House of Saud and allowing that institution to flex its cultural muscles for the Islamic public was a brilliant move which I believe, represents a genuine reset of relations. Further more, it helped isolate the bad apple in Middle East even further.

    As North Korea is to Eastern Pacific, so is Iran to the Middle East…

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  14. tuskyou says:

    A small portion of PDJT’s speech at Liberty University last week:
    “What imprint will you leave in the sands of history? What will future Americans say we did in our brief time right here on Earth? Did we take risks? Did we dare to defy expectations? Did we challenge accepted wisdom and take on established systems? I think I did, but we all did and we’re all doing it.
    Or did we just go along with convention, swim downstream, so easily with the current and just give in because it was the easy way, it was the traditional way or it was the accepted way? Remember this, nothing worth doing ever, ever, ever came easy. Following your convictions means you must be willing to face criticism from those who lack the same courage to do what is right — and they know what is right, but they don’t have the courage or the guts or the stamina to take it and to do it. It’s called the road less traveled.”

    Whatever he’s willing to try–peace in the ME or a crossword puzzle–this deplorable supports him. One day we’ll be looking back like hey remember the time Trump tried xyz and he did it! Thank you SD/Treepers–we tried to get Trump elected and we did. We tried to put a leader, a visionary in the White House and we did. 🇺🇸🇺🇸

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  15. Dora says:

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  16. NJF says:

    I’m watching Judge Jeanine and her first guest was a Muslim woman (there is no way I can try and recall her name!) who spoke so glowingly of POTUS’s speech I wanted to cry. The absolute vitriol expressed by nearly every commentator today has been so disheartening.

    Toward the end she said, “this was a once in a generation speech. Students should be required to study it, and I plan to study it myself.”

    Amazing segment.

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  17. bertdilbert says:

    ‘Globalist Center for Combating Extremist Ideology’

    That was a very serious facility. The Saudi’s know how to do it right. Just it’s existence alone should have some effect. Remember “Build it and they will come.”? This is “Build it, and they will go.”

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  18. Kaco says:

    KSA did a fabulous job. Now the ball’s in Islam’s court. Either clean themselves up, take out the trash, and the nations can get along and be prosperous and happy. If not, same devastation, if not worse.

    I read that Israel did some last minute changes to spruce up POTUS’ reception due to the pageantry of the one in Saudi Arabia. It actually makes me feel like a precedent has been set by KSA and I feel bad that Israel would think they were lacking. If I’m not mistaken, we haven’t had “fireworks” when foreign leaders arrived, I think Bibi and his wife entered in the basement of the WH. Maybe we were the ones lacking. I don’t know, it was early on in the administration.

    I mentioned this on the other thread, but someone had linked to statements by Jordan’s King Abdulluh, and I wonder what Netanyahu might think after seeing his remarks.

    “Mr. President,
    A second and equally vital challenge is a just and comprehensive settlement of the Palestinian cause, based on the two-state solution and the Arab Peace Initiative. This can bring an end to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and guarantees peace for all—Israelis, Arabs, and Muslims.
    No injustice has spread more bitter fruit than the absence of a Palestinian state. This is the core issue for our region, and it has driven radicalism and instability beyond our region and into the Muslim world.”

    “Third, safeguarding Jerusalem must be a priority. The Holy City is a strategic linchpin, vital to relationships among the three monotheistic faiths. Attempts to create new negotiating facts on the ground will have a catastrophic impact.
    All of us must engage in averting these dangers. To me personally, and to all Jordanians, the Hashemite Custodianship of Jerusalem’s Islamic and Christian Holy Sites is an unbreakable, historical responsibility, and an honour to undertake on behalf of the Arab and Muslim nations.”

    He is saying a two-state solution and not messing with Jerusalem, otherwise, there’d be a “catastrophic impact”.

    I wonder what anyone’s thoughts are.

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    • Sunshine says:

      The Muslim world does not like the Palestinians. The only reason they back them is their strong dislike of Jews. Everywhere the Palestinians go, you’ll find trouble, and this includes Muslim lands.
      I don’t trust King Abdullah. He has a Palestinian problem of his own and he wants to get rid of it through a two-state solution that will not work because the Palestinian end-game is to take over Israel.
      I do agree that there would be loads of trouble should Jerusalem be tampered with. But then again, as with all Islamic issues, you’ll find trouble.


    • chbailey says:

      From Wikipedia: “The King of Saudi Arabia is Saudi Arabia’s head of state and absolute monarch (i.e. head of government). He serves as the head of the Saudi monarchy — House of Saud. The King is called the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques.”
      I am guessing that part of the reason SA does not take any displaced persons lies within the meaning of the name of the King who is first and foremost referred to as the “Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques”. Even in the West, the land that mosques are built upon seem to be requisitioned… perhaps through rules that are specified in Islamic Law. SA seems to bear an exceptional exclusivity of some sort.


  19. Ivehadit says:

    Regarding the ME and really all negotiations by Donald, i keep thinking of him as to how he conducts his family, bringing them all together for their common good. Not such an easy task! I envision him learning and listening intently and identifying the best qualities of each of his childen and building on those qualities, always wanting to catch his children doing things right. Treating each with respect but always being 10 steps ahead of them and thus “guiding” them to their best outcome all along the way, instilling great confidence and individuality.
    I see him doing this in many, many ways. He likes the Light to shine in everyone and is thus teaching many in the world how to do just that.


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  20. wyntre says:

    I am reposting this from a previous thread.

    Full list of countries that attended the Riyadh Summit.
    (Morrocco and Sudan cancelled.)

     Afghanistan: President Ashraf Ghani
     Algeria: Abdelkhader Bensalah, President of the Council of the Nation[21]
     Azerbaijan: President Ilham Aliev
     Bahrain: King Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa
     Bangladesh: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina
     Brunei: Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah
     Burkina Faso: President Roch Marc Kabore[22]
     Chad: President Idris Deby
     Egypt: President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi
     Gabon: President Ali Bongo
     The Gambia: President Adama Barrow[23]
     Indonesia: President Joko Widodo
     Iraq: President Fouad Masoum[24]
     Ivory Coast: President Alassane Ouattara
     Jordan: King Abdullah II
     Kazakhstan: President Nursultan Nazarbayev
     Kuwait: Emir Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah
     Lebanon: Prime Minister Saad Hariri
     Malaysia: Prime Minister Najib Razak
     Maldives: President Abdulla Yameen
     Morocco: Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita [25]
     Niger: President Mahamadou Issoufou
     Oman: Deputy Prime Minister Fahd bin Mahmoud al Said[26]
     Pakistan: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif
     State of Palestine: President Mahmoud Abbas
     Qatar: Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani
     Senegal: President Macky Sall
     Sierra Leone:
     Somalia: President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo
     Sudan: Minister of State Taha al-Hussein[27]
     Tajikistan: President Emomali Rahmon[22]
     Tunisia: President Beji Caid Essebsi
     Turkey: Minister of Foreign Affairs Mevlut Cavusoglu
     Uzbekistan: President Shavkat Mirziyoyev[28]
     United Arab Emirates: Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan

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  21. JustSomeInputFromAz says:

    Then we make some bacon………….

    Liked by 4 people

  22. xminusone says:

    President Trump and First Lady Melania acquitted themselves admirably in Saudi Arabia. They comported themselves with the power and dignity befitting representatives of the United States of America. I see naught but good coming from this meeting both in trade and commerce and the War on Islamic Extremism. Well done, President and Mrs. Trump.

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  23. 7delta says:

    I’ve been learning about Islam since 9-11 to build on what I had read in old documents and was not seeing acknowledged by our leadership. I went to Islamic sources to learn, but it still took around a decade before this ideology, so foreign to my way of thinking, made sense. I’m not the first to discover this problem, but I wanted to learn from original sources, without the taint of getting my information from people who had already been tarred and feathered for speaking the truth. I had to get it from Mohammed and Allah. Perhaps one of the most important things I learned was that we cannot evaluate Islam through our world view. It must be viewed through theirs.

    I do not, for one second, think Trump doesn’t know this. I’m confident he does. As Churchill said, “Islam is either at your feet or at your throat.” IOW, one of the few concepts we can agree with them about is they respect strength. Donald Trump is not beholding to or subordinate to Islam or any of its leaders, as He Who Everybody Knows His Name is. They sense strength and weakness, like a lion senses a wounded antelope. So does Trump. There are lots of ways to exhibit real strength and seriousness. Trump just has to frown. He will walk away from the table.

    Keeping in mind that changing Islamic doctrine is like asking Christians to retool Christianity by removing God and Jesus, I agree with Sundance that we have to try. Deal with them seriously and honestly. Never back down. Islam won’t change overnight, but maybe there is a deep psychological desire among some Islamists to just stop. It’s in their best interest.

    If nothing else, I’d rather they be at Donald Trump’s feet than at our necks. In the process, maybe change will creep into a beautiful part of the world, with beautiful traditions and culture, that’s been spoiled by the violence, hate and oppression of Islam. We can certainly pray and I’m very encouraged by this president’s first overseas trip.

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  24. mari says:

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  25. mikeyboo says:

    I agree. We are asking more than 2 billion people to alter the very essence of their belief system.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Brian L says:

      Either they change or it will eventually lead to worldwide conflict. I think the leaders of these countries would rather avoid that conflict.


    • dayallaxeded says:

      Not really–maybe 10% of those are hardcore believers. Like too many Christians, most muzzies are only muzzies b/c it’s how/where they were brought up or it’s what they perceive to be the best choice to improve their lots in life. That said, they will listen to their clerics and religious leaders, at least to some extent–the hardcores even more so. That is the primary goal of leadership in Egypt and hopefully now in KSA–to provoke a renaissance in muzzie thought in its principal guiding institutions. Like make it all about a purely spiritual struggle and not at all physical, hopefully like Jesus Christ moved physical obedience to Jewish Law away from self-aggrandizing public displays into the realm of the individual heart and spirit. The Queeran presents some big problems, but it is also wacky enough and so rarely actually read, that top scholars can probably make just about anything of it that they want. And if what they make of it serves the interests of a majority of people in peace and prosperity, their adoption of the “new” truth will not meet much resistance.

      I think KSA, having seen and having to deal with what happened in Libya and Yemen and also seeing what horrors Daesh has perpetrated, along with its economic difficulties, has come to a realization that producing radical terrorists is as much or more a threat to themselves as it is to the West. The SA royals don’t want to be marginalized economically or by history and certainly don’t want to wind up like Qaddafi. That should put them more in our and Egypt’s camp and will force the vast majority of muzzie states to follow.

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  26. cyn3wulf says:

    A few comments:
    1. This site has been a balm to my soul. Sadly, it also highlights how lowly I regard other “conservative” sites that I had respect and admiration for not that long ago.

    2. Trump’s speech was amazing. If it had been given by Obama (just pretend for a second, ok?), we would hear nothing else but how amazing it was from the press for the next 2 weeks, and then we would be reminded about it every so often until that generation of “journalists” passed away.

    3. For the Left, things like human rights and diversity of cultures are merely tools: hammers with which to bludgeon conservatives with and horns to trumpet the awesomeness of progressives. And so we see that some on the Left are already saying that female genital mutilation, honor killings, dress codes for women, etc. should all be accepted here in our country while Trump should be demanding that they be abolished in the Middle East. In the end they really don’t care about the issue other than for its usefulness to further their goals. “The issue is never the issue. The issue is always the revolution.”

    4. True diversity of cultures would entail each country maintaining its culture rather than being forced to “diversify.” And, each country should be putting itself first while recognizing that other countries could and should be putting themselves first. Putting our country first while demanding/expecting other countries to put us first and debasing ourselves for the purposes of advantaging other countries are both wrong. President Trump may be the first president, certainly in recent times, who gets it.

    5. Trump’s success on this trip so far is evidenced by the fact that the Left and the NeverTrumpers are reduced to arguing that Trump’s inclined head while having the Collar of Abdulaziz al Saud placed around his neck constitutes a bow. How small and sad they have become; I wish I could pity them, but I when I draw from that well, disgust is the only thing that I seem to be able to summon.

    God bless President Trump, the United States of America, and all who find their way to the Tree House.

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  27. Theo West says:

    Trump makes me PROUD to be American again! And he HATES the MSM. I can’t wait to see what he’s got up his sleeve there as you just KNOW he’s got somethin’ cookin’.

    Liked by 6 people

  28. IMO says:

    Egyptian President tells Trump he’s ‘capable of doing the impossible’

    Liked by 8 people

    • adaminohio says:

      Oh noes! Trump and Al-Sisi had a laugh together-the world is doomed I tell you!
      That reporter has angry eyes. -_-

      Liked by 3 people

      • You know, you can almost tell who is on our side and who is on the other by how they pronounce certain names and places. E.g., el-Sisi and ISIL whereas we say, like adaminohio, al-Sisi and ISIS.


    • buckweaver27 says:

      Thanks for sharing that. I had seen the tweet, but I was hoping a clip turned up showing the lighthearted moment, even if it did mean having to listen to that snotty CNN reporter first.

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  29. jstanley01 says:

    You mean to tell me that a summit hosted by the country where Mecca is located, and which was attended by the heads of the vast majority of Muslim countries on earth, was accompanied by Muslim pageantry?

    I am shocked, I tell you! Shocked!

    I imagine that the theologians of Westboro Baptist Church would be shocked by the videos of Joseph performing his religious duties as second-in-command of ancient Egypt too.

    Like we say in South Texas, “You can’t make huevos rancheros if your eggs are scrambled.”

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  30. rumpole2 says:

    Just thinkin’ …..

    IF Hillary were to be the one in Saudi….. and it came to Sword Dance time…. what would they do?

    I GUESS… she could have done the infamous Crooked Hillary Hammer Dance…

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  31. Rosech says:

    Each time I watch their arrival and two days there, I am still astounded by the honor, respect and esteem given to our President and his group. Then further astounded that the ailing king was able to get both Sunis and Shi’ites together in the same mosque hall to listen and participate and becoming one because Trump told them you have to stick together and fight the radical muslims. Then empower women, and so much more, and they accepted with courtesy and we will see where it goes from here. But Trump made a great connection, received the highest civilian medal and since the Saudis are shorties, he had to bend to allow the small king to place the chain around his neck, he made a deal with all of the attendees from so many muslim countries that benefits us and each of them. Now, that is the Art of the Deal! They celebrated, they had music, dancing, and were accepted as great guests and even called Trump your Excellency. WOW! A lasting impression and hopefully a door has been open wide and tall among all the non-radical muslims. Still, they are muslims and follow the Qu’Ran so unless they use the redacted version, they will still want to kill we infidels. Time will tell. In the meantime, it was a beautiful, wonderful, awe inspiring weekend for them and for us – forget the MSM and the phony stuff, because having watched the whole thing, there is nothing they can do to change the reality of it all. Thanks again to the Last Refuge and Sundance because you have outdone yourselves. Thanks also to the Saudis who televised the whole thing for us.

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  32. Ghostrider says:

    One thing is for sure coming out of this summit…the Clinton Foundation and the DNC just lost their largest donor country forever! And, watch as the Saudi’s come up with the funding to build the wall!

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    • JeremyJohn says:

      Honestly, I am confused about this huge story. Why his parents would not want the truth to come out? The investigator, wheelar, did not sound confident
      So, do we really expect something big? I suspect somehow somebody will supress the story. Can doj launch investigation separate from russia thing?


      • unconqueredone says:

        “…Why his parents would not want the truth to come out? The investigator, wheelar, did not sound confident…”

        Perhaps they have been blackmailed or threatened. After all, couldn’t one random “burglary” could spawn another?


  33. TexasDude says:

    I trust, literally, trust with my life two Muslims who I have gone to real battle with.

    One is an American born Muslim convert.

    Another is a Pakistani born American citizen, who fought in the US Amy in Iraq.

    Both have families. Neither are misogynistic, requiring female subserviance. Moreover, both are tolerant and acceptive of other religions.

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  34. mantaplagi says:

    I’m hearing imaginary conversations in my head again.

    This time between a typical uniparty pol and a campaign manager/lobbyist type swampster.

    “Good morning sir, have you been following the recent developments in Saudi?”

    “What, you mean Trump’s visit? I’ve seen a couple of news reports. Why?”

    “Then you are aware how well he’s been received over there, aren’t you sir?”

    “That’s not exactly how it was portrayed on CNN.”

    “Well sir, I think we all know not to set much store by what they say on CNN.”

    “So okay, What’s your point?”

    “As I say sir, the President was extremely well received. In fact I’d go as far as to say, they absolutely love him out there.”

    “Hmff! But what the hell has that got to do with me?”

    “Well sir, you may or may not be aware, as we’ve taken great pains to keep it hidden, but a very significant portion of your campaign donations come from our, err, friends over there.”

    “Oh, ah, I think I see what you’re driving at.”

    “Yes sir, in fact I’ve been receiving messages from our friends all morning.”

    “Okay, so you are saying, that they are saying that I should, erm, tone it down a bit.”

    “I didn’t say that sir.”

    “No, of course you didn’t. Tell them message received, loud and clear.”


  35. DebbieUK says:

    The left has Human Rights which in my experience is a big excuse for doing absolutely nothing. In UK the Human Rights Act passed by the last Labour government is a charter for criminals not victims.
    It is used repeatedly by criminals to avoid being deported after criminal activity including the Pakistani grooming gangs who are fighting tooth and nail to stay in the UK supported by the left.
    So President Trump is starting over and he made mention of equal rights but he’s not demanding change at this point. Because he is seeing the bigger picture.
    Sour grapes from Axelrod.

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  36. nimrodman says:

    re: Sharon’s comment, and particularly when it comes to family, “… but I do not … count every occasion in their presence as an opportunity to go after their worst foibles.”

    reminded me of this, from the recipient’s point of view:

    “Please don’t confront me with my failures … I’m aware of them”
    – Gregg Allman, in a slight re-write of a Jackson Browne lyric in Browne’s song “These Days”


  37. Duckman says:

    It is a sad state of affairs to have to acknowledge that people like David Axelrod and Hilda the beast, and Obamanation, were ever in our government. As for me, being a student of prophecy, I know this is so very epic. The gathering together all these leaders under the banner of exterminating terrorism and those who fund and promote it, (Iran and its proxys AND Obama, Soros, et al) is note worthy. All of the things the Obamanation regime could have done, and didn’t. Why could he have not been clear eyed and focused on the problem?
    Because he determined to exploit the problem to his advantage to achieve the effect he desired. Lets not under estimate his ties to the Muslim brotherhood, and their ilk, and the relationship he had with Erdogan of Turkey. We now have to pull everyone together and undo the damage that has been done for the last 8 years with Obama, Hillary, and Kerry with his James Taylor garbage. I still can’t believe he did that! And not only that but the Bush strategy of “shock and awe.” :/ That made me wonder, what is he trying to hide?

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  38. PDQ says:

    just be careful PDJT…remember the snake…be aware that islam teaches ALL machinations are acceptable in its name, if it brings the infidel to heel. hoping saudi arabia is going to take their bretheren refugees into their land.


    • Windy Day says:

      And you don’t think the president knows and believes this?

      Really! He’s not stupid!

      Liked by 1 person

    • dalethorn says:

      You should watch the video where Trump himself recites the snake story.


    • keebler AC says:

      There are two books of Koran. The first book was inspired by good but eventually in the violent second book, their prophet became a lesson for muslims – to recognize that he abandoned the teachings of their providence when he turned to the temptation of power and debauchery.


  39. guitar107 says:

    Amazing events.PDJT is awesome.
    Elected MAGA, today he is in Israel helping MIGA.
    With any luck, if his ME initiative takes hold and the ME coalition starts to drive the terrorists out,
    our President may even
    end up M ME GA!
    history in the making!

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  40. unconqueredone says:

    Axelrod: “Do we have to abandon human rights to fight terrorism?”

    No, you and yours have proven you can abandon both at the same time, even abandoning parts of your core constituency to be thrown off buildings while passing massive amounts of cash to those funding the perpetrators of such terror. And this doesn’t even cover the other worldwide atrocities your president and party ignored.


  41. LibertyVibe says:

    POTUS is moving so fast, he doesn’t give us time to appreciate him. Sorry, I am still stuck on yesterdays news. But I have to say something about what I noticed that I feel was down right YUUGE! It has to do with the two distinct groups of the Trump contingent in Saudi Arabia. There was a definite “in” crowd, and “outsider” club. I also find it funny that Reince was sent packing today. I put a whole lot more info here if you are interested:


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