We’ve seen this story play out before. Our ambitious trainee programs for foreign students eager to learn, and in some cases eager to shoot up our troops. Secretary Defense Mark Esper downplayed any initial impact on U.S.-Saudi ties. Asked whether he would now hesitate to send U.S. forces to Saudi Arabia, he said, “No, not at all.” He said the U.S. and Saudi Arabia have shared security interests, especially with regard to Iran.
The Saudi student who fatally shot three sailors at a U.S. naval base in Florida hosted a dinner party earlier in the week where he and three others watched videos of mass shootings. The shooter opened fire inside a classroom at the naval base killing three people and wounding two sheriff’s deputies, one in the arm and one in the knee, before one of the deputies killed him. Eight others were also hurt. Both deputies were expected to survive. This story has wide reaching implications regarding our trainee programs and relationship with Saudi Arabia.
The U.S. has long had a robust training program for Saudis, providing assistance in the U.S. and in the kingdom. “This has been done for many decades,” President Trump said. “I guess we’re going to have to look into the whole procedure. We’ll start that immediately.”
The above article is a must read from IQ al-Rassooli author of Lifting the Veil – the Iraqi born Arabic speaker is considered one of the foremost authorities in the world on the subjects of Islam and terrorism. IQ joins Malcolm on the show to look at this relationship and more…