Stop The Presses! Trump Reducing Military In The Gulf?

May 9, 2020 in News by RBN Staff


If we are going to defend countries they should all respect us by making a contribution.”

This, from President Trump in a press conference yesterday during a meeting with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. Trump was asked about the announcement that the U.S. would be moving Patriot missile defense systems and other military hardware and personnel out of Saudi Arabia (more below). He suggested that tensions with Saudi Arabia over their oil production is still running high, and that he has lost patience with “protecting” other, wealthy countries that don’t give much in return.

According to a “breaking news” report from the Wall Street Journal today, the Trump Administration is starting to take some of his military hardware out of Saudi Arabia and the Persian Gulf, citing—get this—“assessments by some officials that Tehran no longer poses an immediate threat to American strategic interests.”

 Could it be that TAC’s Realism & Restraint hypnopaedia is finally working in the White House…the Pentagon?

If it wasn’t coming from WSJ we might be suspicious because it sounds like every Daniel Larison and Doug Bandow column come true:

 The U.S. is removing four Patriot missile batteries from Saudi Arabia along with dozens of military personnel sent following a series of attacks on the Saudi oil facilities last year, according to several U.S. officials. The attacks were part of hostilities that took place over several months.