Skip to comments.Donald Trump, Saudi Arabia, and the Petrodollar (Economic must read)
Posted on 02/22/2017 8:26:58 PM PST by Tours
Obama pulled out his veto pen 12 times during his presidency.
Congress only overrode him once
In late 2016, Obama vetoed the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA). The bill would allow 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia in US courts.
With only months left in office, Obama wasnt worried about the political price of opposing the bill. It was worth protecting Saudi Arabia and the petrodollar system, which underpins the US dollars role as the worlds premier currency.
Congress didnt see it that way though. Those up for reelection couldnt afford to side with Saudi Arabia over US victims. So Congress voted to override Obamas veto, and JASTA became the law of the land.
The Saudis, quite correctly, see this as a huge threat. If they can be sued in US courts, their vast holdings of US assets are at risk of being frozen or seized.
The Saudi foreign minister promptly threatened to sell all of the countrys US assets.
Basically, Saudi Arabia was threatening to rip up the petrodollar arrangement, which underpins the US dollars role as the worlds premier currency.
Donald Trump and the Saudis Unlike every president since the petrodollars birth, Donald Trump is openly hostile to Saudi Arabia.
Recently he put this out on Twitter:
Dopey Prince @Alwaleed_Talal wants to control our U.S. politicians with daddys money. Cant do it when I get elected.
The dopey prince that Trump is referring to is Al-Waleed bin Talal, a prominent member of the Saudi royal family. Hes also one of the largest foreign investors in the US economy, particularly in media and financial companies.
The Saudis openly backed Hillary during the election. In fact, they donated an estimated $10 million$25 million to the Clinton Foundation, making them the most generous foreign donors.
Besides Hillary Clinton, the single biggest loser from the US presidential election was Saudi Arabia.
The Saudis did not want Donald Trump in the White House. And not because of some bad blood on Twitter. There are real geopolitical issues at stake.
At the moment, Trump seems determined to walk back on US support for the so-called moderate rebels in Syria.
The Saudis are furious with the US for not holding up its part of the petrodollar deal. They think the US should have already attacked Syria as part of its commitment to keep the region safe for the monarchy.
Toppling Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is a longstanding Saudi goal. But a President Trump makes that unlikely. Thats not good for Saudi Arabias position in the Middle East, nor its relationship with the US.
This is just one of the ways President Trump will hasten the death of the petrodollar.
Saudi Arabia, Islam, and Wahhabism I loathe quoting a neoconservative historian like Bernard Lewis, but even a broken clock is right twice a day:
Imagine if the Ku Klux Klan or Aryan Nation obtained total control of Texas and had at its disposal all the oil revenues, and used this money to establish a network of well-endowed schools and colleges all over Christendom peddling their particular brand of Christianity.
This is what the Saudis have done with Wahhabism. The oil money has enabled them to spread this fanatical, destructive form of Islam all over the Muslim world and among Muslims in the West. Without oil and the creation of the Saudi kingdom, Wahhabism would have remained a lunatic fringe in a marginal country.
This is actually an apt description of Wahhabism, a particularly virulent and intolerant strain of Sunni Islam most Saudis follow. ISIS, Al Qaeda, the Taliban, and a slew of other extremists also follow this puritanical brand of Islam. Thats why Saudi Arabia and ISIS use the same brutal punishments, like beheadings.
Many Wahhabis consider Muslims of any other flavorlike the Shia in Iran, the Alawites in Syria, or non-Wahhabi Sunnisapostates worthy of death.
In many ways, Saudi Arabia is an institutionalized version of ISIS. Theres even a grim joke that Saudi Arabia is simply an ISIS that made it.
After living in the Middle East for three years, its clear to me that many people in the region despise everything about Wahhabism. Yet it flourishes in certain Sunni communities, among people who feel they have nowhere else to turn.
Its also widely believed in the Middle East that Western powers deliberately fostered Wahhabism, to a degree, to keep the region weak and dividedand as a weapon against Shia Iran and its allies. That includes Syria and post-Saddam Iraq, which has shifted its allegiance towards Iran.
Thanks to WikiLeaks we know the Saudi and Qatari governments, which are also the two largest foreign donors to the Clinton Foundation, willfully financed ISIS to help topple Bashar al-Assad of Syria. Julian Assange says the email revealing this is the most significant among the Clinton-related emails his group has released.
Heres an excerpt of the relevant interview with Assange:
Interviewer: Of course, the consequence of that is that this notorious jihadist group, called ISIL or ISIS, is created largely with money from people who are giving money to the Clinton Foundation?
Julian Assange: Yes.
Interviewer: Thats extraordinary
With all this in mind, Vladimir Putin opened an unusual conference of Sunni Muslim clerics recently. It took place in Grozny, the capital of Chechnya, a Sunni Muslim region within Russias southwestern border.
The conference, which included 200 of the top non-Wahhabi Sunni Muslim clerics, issued an extraordinary statement labeling Wahhabism a dangerous deformation of Sunni Islam.
These clerics carry serious weight in the Sunni world. The imam of Egypts al-Azhar mosque, one of the most important Islamic theological centers, was among them. (Egypt is the Arab worlds most populous Sunni country.)
Basically, Putin gathered the worlds most important non-Wahhabi clerics to excommunicate the Saudis from Sunni Islam. In other words, Putin is going for the jugular of the petrodollar system.
Russia and Saudi Arabia have been enemies for decades. The Russians have never forgiven Saudi Arabia (or the US) for supporting the Afghan mujahedeen that drove the Soviet Army out of Afghanistan. And they havent forgiven the Saudis for supporting multiple Chechen rebellions.
As far as I know, the British writer Robert Fisk was the only Western journalist to cover this extraordinary conference.
Who are the real representatives of Sunni Muslims if the Saudis are to be shoved aside? And what is the future of Saudi Arabia? Of such questions are revolutions made.
If the Saudis are shoved aside, it could strike a fatal blow to the petrodollar system.
The truth is, the petrodollar system is in its death throes. It doesnt matter if the Saudis willfully abandon it, or if it crumbles because the kingdom implodes. The end result will be the same.
Right now, the stars are aligning against the Saudi kingdom. This is its most vulnerable moment since its 1932 founding.
Thats why I think the death of the petrodollar system is the No. 1 black swan event for 2017.
I expect the dollar price of gold to soar when the petrodollar system crumbles in the not-so-distant future. You dont want to find yourself on the wrong side of history when that happens.
But that brings up another crucial point. Theres also likely to be severe inflation.
The petrodollar system has allowed the US government and many Americans to live way beyond their means for decades.
The US takes this unique position for granted. But it will disappear once the dollar loses its premier status.
This will likely be the tipping point
Afterward, the US government will be desperate enough to implement capital controls, people controls, nationalization of retirement savings, and other forms of wealth confiscation.
I urge you to prepare for the economic and sociopolitical fallout while you still can. Expect bigger government, less freedom, shrinking prosperity and possibly worse.
Its probably not going to happen tomorrow. But its clear where the trend is headed.
It is very possible that one day soon, Americans will wake up to a new reality.
Once the petrodollar system kicks the bucket and the dollar loses its status as the worlds premier reserve currency, you will have few, if any, options.
The sad truth is, most people have no idea how bad things could get, let alone how to prepare
Yet there are straightforward steps you can start taking today to protect your savings and yourself from the financial and sociopolitical effects of the collapse of the petrodollar.
This recently released video will show you where to begin. Click here to watch it now.
The only problem for the Saudis is where do they go?
I’m not convinced there’s a good answer for that. The U. S. is the most stable place on the planet. Investments here are a good bet.
I am reminded of folks who have wanted Saudi Arabia taken out for decades.
If it is, it will be interesting to watch as reality hits home.
And what will replace the dollar?
I’ve always said that Saudis are ISIS with lots of money.
Depose the House of Saud, ISIS collapses.
So we have to prop up the Saudis to save our own economic a$$es? I’ll take the risk and help sink Saudi Arabia.
“The only problem for the Saudis is where do they go?”
The House of Saud may collapse of its own accord...
“And what will replace the dollar?”
When, not if (IMHO), the dollar collapses there will be a period of world-wide economic chaos. Who knows what the long term outcome will be.
I wonder how much gold Saudi Arabia has? Take the world off the petrodollar and lose your power and your gold.
“Depose the House of Saud, ISIS collapses.”
Yes...as will most of radical Islamic terrorism.
However, the dollar may collapse in sync with the House of Saud. Currently, both are built upon a foundation of sand.
That is my question and why I am skeptical of an apocalypse as described by the author. I find it difficult to believe the strength of the dollar is all predicated on Saudi oil.
But a collapse of our currency would surely cause the price of gold to rise. I still think SA has much more to lose by failed relations with the US
“I wonder how much gold Saudi Arabia has?”
I’ve read where some speculate it’s “stored” at the NY Fed, Bank of England and a few other central banks. In which case, it might have already been “loaned” out, i.e. gone!
“I find it difficult to believe the strength of the dollar is all predicated on Saudi oil.”
And other oil producing Gulf States as well - Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar and UAE.
It is also supported by being the currency of choice in the drug trade - the narco-dollar.
This article smells like a buy gold commercial.
The dollar will not collapse. The dollar is the portal by which the world buys into the stability and wealth of the United States. The inherent constitutional stability of the United States which respects property rights, makes investments safe from arbitrary government action or seizure, and affords multiple paths of investment (equities, bonds real estate etc) creates demand for the dollar as foreign capital seeks a safe and productive haven.
It will be a great day when the “Arab Spring” burns through Arabia and incinerates the Wahhabi supporting and the 9/11 complicit House of Saud. The world will be better.
That doesn't matter to the forces opposed to us. they would topple the house of cards without any concern for what might come next. And there are others that would profit big time.
There is an artificially created global demand for US dollars that allows us to run up 20 trillion dollars in debt without consequences. more than that, this arrangement allows us to tax the entire planet by forcing other countries to hold large stockpiles of US dollars and then continually devaluing those dollars. This is the status quo.
Well, we’ll see. Dire predictions are easy to make, but reality has an interesting way of avoiding dire ramifications at times.
I can’t deny it’s a possibility.
Once again, where do people go that is better more stable than the dollar?
If I read Trump right, he wants to eliminate our debt as rapidly as is humanly possible.
I think that would help a lot.
BTW: If he can just get us out of the deficit spending situation, that would help tremendously.
Then if he could get us where we don’t HAVE TO sell bonds to stay afloat, we’re actually in great shape.
I don’t know how much bonds we have to sell each year to keep us afloat, but I’d suspect that ends with the deficit spending.
That may be an erroneous perception.
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