Donald Trump continually asserts that our allies in the Middle East have been getting a free ride for too long. Well, i'm not exactly defending Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait, and Qatar, but Trump's ignorance of those countries is legend.
in 1991 I stood in a conference room in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and witnessed Saudi Arabia present the U.S. with a $37 billion dollar check...to pay for Saudi's share of the Gulf War. Kuwait shelled out tens of billions as well. (When's the last time a European country paid us back for our wars to rescue them? They haven't paid a dime back for the Marshall Plan...or Lend Lease, or even War loans!)
And, while working in Saudi Arabia for a decade, I walked into a Safeway ever week and bought Folger's Coffee and Sara Lee Cakes and America fruits and vegetables. Every grocery in Saudi Arabia is stocked with thousands of American food products. Go into a shopping mall and you'll find American products all over.
Walk any construction site in Saudi and you'll see John Deere and Caterpillar.
Saudi's wash their clothes in American made washing machines and cook their food with American appliances.
And since I worked in Foreign Military Sales I can tell you that Saudi spends tens of billions of dollars in purchases of aircraft and defense parts. Were it not for Saudi defense purchases half of our defense supply depots would be closed down. Each time the U.S. government goes out for their annual parts purchase bids it is Saudi money that keeps hundreds of American manufacturers in business...and they pay for some of our own aircraft production, just to keep the production lines open! Raytheon and Boeing and every other American defense manufacturer would have to lay off tens of thousands of highly paid workers if Saudi Arabia stopped buying American.
Yes, we buy oil from Saudi Arabia...but billions of that oil money are returned to the U.S. as we send food and manufactured goods back to them. And Saudi Arabia employs thousands of American technical and defense workers. (Do you think Europe plays as fair? No way! We have tens of thousands of troops still in Europe but they are not buying American the way the Saudis and Kuwaiti's do!
Sadly, Obama has abandoned our allies in the Middle East...leaving them doubtful that we have their backs. Trump has made it worse by castigating all Muslims, and charging our Middle East friends of not being our allies. If you think the region is a mess now, just wait until Trump insults them and drives them into the arms of Russia, or even worse, radical Muslims!
It is amazing to see how an idiot like Trump can spout pure idiocy, with his followers swallowing his bullshit as truth.