Trump Ally Apologizes for Telling the Truth

Trump Ally Apologizes for Telling the Truth February 14, 2019

Thomas Barrack, one of Trump’s closest billionaire buddies, made an entirely accurate statement, saying that the United States had committed worse atrocities than Saudi Arabia’s killing of Jamal Khashoggi, and then backed off and apologized for it. Because you can’t tell the truth about America’s bloody history.

Thomas J. Barrack Jr., a billionaire real estate investor who is one of President Trump’s closest confidants, apologized Wednesday after defending Saudi Arabia in the wake of journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s killing and saying the United States has committed “equal or worse” atrocities…

“Whatever happened in Saudi Arabia, the atrocities in America are equal or worse to the atrocities in Saudi Arabia,” Barrack told the crowd at the Milken Institute’s MENA Summit, according to audio provided by Gulf News reporter Ed Clowes.

This isn’t just true, it’s undeniably, incontrovertibly true. If you were to add up the number of innocent people killed by Saudi Arabia and the United States, it’s like comparing a Little League player to Babe Ruth. We are responsible for the deaths of tens of millions of people, at bare minimum, almost always unjustified. Now here’s the part he did get wrong:

“The atrocities in any autocratic country are dictated by the rule of law,” Barrack continued. “So, for us to dictate what we think is the moral code there — when we have a young man [Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman] and a regime that’s trying to push themselves into 2030 — I think is a mistake.”

Moral relativistic nonsense. We absolutely should condemn such horrible actions, but we should do so when our own government does it as well. And as a nation, we need to live up to those ideals we profess to support. Right now, it’s just empty words. Let’s condemn human rights violations — every single time, even — especially — when our own country does it.

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