Thursday, October 18, 2018

Evangelical leader Pat Robertson on Khashoggi crisis: Let’s not risk “$100 billion worth of arms sales”

Blessed are the arms makers.
Mod: Murdering an inconvenient journalist is one thing, but letting something like that get in the way of a big juicy Saudi arms deal? Don't go and get Pat Roberson started.

Prominent evangelical leader on Khashoggi crisis: let’s not risk “$100 billion worth of arms sales” (Vox link): A major evangelical leader has spoken in defense of US-Saudi relations after the apparent killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in a Saudi consulate, saying that America has more important things — like arms deals — to focus on.

Pat Robertson, founder of the Christian Broadcasting Network, appeared on its flagship television show The 700 Club on Monday to caution Americans against allowing the United States’ relationship with Saudi Arabia to deteriorate over Khashoggi’s death.

“For those who are screaming blood for the Saudis — look, these people are key allies,” Robertson said. While he called the faith of the Wahabists — the hardline Islamist sect to which the Saudi Royal Family belongs — “obnoxious,” he urged viewers to remember that “we’ve got an arms deal that everybody wanted a piece of…it’ll be a lot of jobs, a lot of money come to our coffers. It’s not something you want to blow up willy-nilly.”

Robertson praised the approach of President Donald Trump, who has publicly cast doubt on the allegations against the Saudis, comparing them to those of sexual assault against Supreme Court justice Brett Kavanaugh earlier this month.

On Wednesday, after the New York Times reported that it had obtained audio of Khashoggi being tortured, murdered, and dismembered inside the consulate, Turkish newspaper Yeni Safak reported that Trump said that he had requested the recording, “if it exists,” later adding “I’m not sure that it exists.”

A day later, Robertson doubled down, reappearing on the network to dismiss calls for any form of reprisals against the Saudis as “ill-advised,” in part because of Saudi Arabia’s hardline stance against Iran, whom Robertson identified as a bigger threat.

“You’ve got one journalist — who knows? Was it an interrogation? Was he assassinated? Were there rogue elements? Who did it?...You’ve got $100 billion worth of arms sales...we cannot alienate our biggest player in the Middle East.”

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59 comments:

  1. How very Christian of you, you greedy old fraud.

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    1. Don't use the term Christian to refer to this charlatan. He uses Christianity to excuse his and DT'S actions and words. There's nothing about Christ in his words.

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  2. Yeah... because a person getting killed isn't the important thing here... the important thing here IS money.

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    1. I agree completely! Any sane person would agree that the life of a miserable journalist is not comparable to the benefits of the US Saudi relationship.

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  3. Go towards the light old fart.

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  4. Yep Pat, lets just condone war for profit, how much is ONE human life worth Pat??? Make no mistake folks, America is a war economy where everything depends on non stop warfare and the massive transfer of wealth related to it thrives. The poor and middle class are the fuel for this machine, sacrificing our children and riches so that these parasitic elitists can continue to get richer on human misery....

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  5. There aren't 100 billion worth of arms sales. Just another Trump lie to add to the rest.

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  6. Condo owners vote to strip Trump name from building — Another building is stripping Trump off its entrance.

    The New York Times reported Wednesday that residents of Trump Place on the Upper West Side of Manhattan have joined three other buildings in the neighborhood in stripping the president’s brassy five-letter name from their 46-story building in another sign that the brand is losing some of its appeal.

    The move follows reports of losses at some of President Donald Trump’s golf courses, and decisions by several hotels that had licensed the president’s name to drop it.

    After more than a quarter century, Trump Plaza will now be known only by its address, 200 Riverside Boulevard.

    The name had become controversial among the building’s residents during Trump’s campaign and presidency. Owners in the 377-unit tower were worried about the resale value of their condos and also raised concerns about security in condo meetings. But potential legal and other costs of removing Trump’s name kept some from pushing harder for a change.
    https://apnews.com/2f5109e1af014db9afea26bed76da257

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  7. From Bone Spurs to Bone Saws. We have never had a more disgraceful occupant of the White House than Dirty Donny, the current republican Draft-Dodger-in-Chief. Sad.

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  8. I don't think it's any surprise that Robertson could put a price tag on murder.

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    1. Still whoring out God and the Bible for money.

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  9. Jesus loves me
    This I know
    Lockheed martin
    Told me so

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  10. Trump and his enablers may not know this yet, but Khashoggi is turning into every despot's nightmare, one of the few things no dictator can intimidate, lie out of, or effectively fight against: A Martyr.

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  11. Padded cell is calling his name.

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  12. Obama killed lots of people in drone attacks.

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    1. Yes, America's enemies. Trump killed American citizens in Puerto Rico.

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    1. He did, because his corporate advisors told him too. So did Trump, because his evil corporate advisors told him to. This evil foreign policy, and false prophets like the 700 Clib guy are why we suffer from terrorism.

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  14. Trump is a hurricane 6:39am?

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  15. Oxymoron of the day: "evangelical leader"

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  16. Evangelical Pat Robertson has said wait for all information on the journalists death.
    Most of the Tattler bloggers this morning sound like what the crowd that called for the crucifixion of Christ must have sounded.

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    1. Wasn’t the crucifixion something your god knew about since the beginning of time? Wasn’t it necessary in your world view to save you and others? So what was wrong with the crowd calling for it?

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  17. WAPO gives Trump 4 Pinocchios re false claims about $110 billion in arms sales to the Saudis.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2018/10/11/trumps-billion-arms-sales-saudi-arabia-still-fake/?utm_term=.62be2b4641d5

    What really needs to be explored and no doubt underpins Trump's defense of the brutal killing of Khashoggi is how much in Trump and Kushner real estate sales to the Saudis have taken place, are pending, and in the offing.

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    1. It's WAPO, a bastion of truth in journalism.

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    2. Thin skinned wanna be autocrats like Tiny Donald hate the free press.

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    3. 10:06, of course, provides no allegation nor evidence that any portion of the story is incorrect.

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    4. Here you go...I know reading isn't your strong point.

      https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2018/10/16/u-s-weapons-sales-saudis-flashpoint-debate-over-missing-journalist/1661290002/

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    5. You’re an excellent comedian 1:11! You really had me laughing when you implicitly suggested you have superior reading skills and then cited USA Today to prove it! I’m still laughing!

      In all seriousness though, you might want to have someone read to you the article you cite, which cites an expert who says that Trump’s $110 billion claim “is a fairly unrealistic number” and another who says it contains “‘vague, lofty’ promises from the Saudis that are far from signed military contracts....”

      But thanks for the laughs!

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    6. USA Today—still chuckling!

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  18. Minchin will not attend the summit in Saudi Arabia.

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    1. Who is ‘Minchin’

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    2. He runs Treasury for the Mango Madman. A former banker who cheated thousands out of their homes back in the subprime days.

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  19. Pat Roberts is a simpleton, religious nut who only likes what he says and when he says it much like 'trumpy' speaking of 'trumpy' https://www.sfgate.com/news/us/article/NYT-Condo-owners-vote-to-strip-Trump-name-from-13315963.php

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    1. He’s no simpleton... he’s a schemer coming across as a simple man to fools. like trump does. He has a whole sordid history of creepy foreign investments

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  20. Lets not forget what this retro bait has said before and will most likely say in the future since he appears to be losing his mind. https://www.thoughtco.com/stupid-pat-robertson-quotes-2734325

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    1. The right is run by a lot of very old men. A lot of them have lost their marbles.

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  21. 6:02 A Journalists becoming a Martyr, not likely.

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    1. Well what is he then? To be butchered by his government in the course of doing his job? Kinda like when the US ‘accidentally’ bombed Al Jazeera during the Iraq attack.

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    2. 10:00 is a disgusting human being.

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  22. Kinda like his job was getting a wedding license when he was targeted, do you, 10:49am know anything of his printed opionions?
    Al Jazeera is not a building, your causian is showing.

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    1. In your dark world op-ed journalists need to be chopped up with a bonesaw for writing opinions you don't like?

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    2. Causin? Minchin? When will these Russians learn to spell?

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  23. Dear goon at 11:22, who can’t fact check, has a problem with caucasians and think Al Jazeera doesn’t have an office building:

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al_Jazeera_bombing_memo

    And don’t forget:
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tareq_Ayyoub

    Please, just try converse maturely here.

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  24. Are you saying you think I'm Saudi, 11:36am?

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    1. No. You're an idiot.

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    2. Trump and his little buddies like autocrats that murder their people. Many of these fools hope it will happen here.

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  25. Nice logic 11:22 has. If he was murdered getting a wedding license it must have been a jealous lover and had nothing to do with his journalistic criticism of the Saudi government.

    Really- how did these deadbeat low-rent trolls wind up on the Tattler?

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    1. They're here for the humor factor.

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    2. And then after you prove them wrong they never apologize or concede or never any learning or anything. They just move on the the next mindless attack.

      Sad!

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    3. Laugh at them. They're used to it.

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  26. 🦅🇺🇸No More Foreign Wars! America First!

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    1. Yemen? Afghanistan? C'mon dude, pull your head out from under that hood and see the light.

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  27. Gotta luv the religious guys. They do the lord's work. LMAO

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  28. Hey Puerto Rico the FBI is paying you a visit, how corrupt are you? Mayor Cruz what about you and kickbacks to your friends and you using American financing for the poor on your island for favors from foreign contractors ?

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    1. Let ‘em finish investigating the white house cartel first

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  29. Oh My God, you don't get it.
    Most certainly why GOD gave humans Free Will.
    What do you think if the crowd had begged for Christ to be freed? Where would humans be in their quest for Utopia/Niverna/Peace On Earth?

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    1. Is your god omniscient, 6:51? If your answer is 'no,' then your god is not all powerful.

      If your answer is 'yes,' then your god has known for all time each and every event that will occur forever, such as what every human including you will do in the future. So you have no choice but to do that which your god already knows you will do.

      Doesn't sound like 'free will' to me.

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