“The meetings are part of a long-term agenda.”
That’s the truest statement from this CBN report on a meeting of “Christian leaders” with the Saudi crown prince. The problem for this group of “leaders” is that the “long-term agenda” this meeting serves is not their agenda, nor even one they seem to understand.
The MBS photo-op featured a motley bunch of B-list court evangelicals — Johnnie Moore, Joel Rosenberg, NRB president Jerry (Not That One) Johnson, and a few others even less noteworthy than that bunch. (Another “leader” on the trip is Larry Ross, who leads Larry Ross Communications, which he founded. Look, somebody was going to have to found Larry Ross Communications, and Larry Ross was just the man to do it.)
The Liar Tony Perkins also joined the “delegation” of “leaders” for a second stop on their tour of the oil thrones, visiting Abu Dhabi to heap praise and gratitude on His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. (Pretty sure “Deputy Supreme” is a self-refuting title. Unless you’re Florence Ballard.)
CBN’s own caption to the Saudi’s official photo tells you all you need to know: “US evangelical delegation meeting with His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz.” In photos from the event, the very white evangelical “delegation” all lean forward like supplicants, fawning and grinning, while Mister Bone Saw casually absorbs their obsequy and their absolution for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi. (NRB’s press release on the meeting doesn’t mention Khashoggi. CBN’s report gets his name wrong.)
I’m not sure if they know this — if they’re deliberately doing so in pursuit of their long-term pipe-dream of a U.S.-led war against Iran, or if they’re just being used by others who see enticing the U.S. into such a war as their best hope for weakening a regional and sectarian rival.
Either way, the meetings are part of a long-term agenda.