Susan Rice Unmasked Names, Found Secret Trump Meeting with UAE
From left, Chief of Staff Denis McDonough; Jeffrey Prescott, NSC Senior Director for Iran, Iraq, Syria, and the Gulf States; National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice; Avril Haines, Deputy National Security Advisor for Counterterrorism and Ben Rhodes, Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications, July 13, 2015. (Official White House Photo, public domain, by Pete Souza)

The Washington Post initially reported in April that the UAE brokered a pre-inauguration meeting between the founder of the security firm Blackwater, Erik Prince, who is a close Trump ally, and an associate of Vladimir Putin’s in the Seychelles Islands. The purpose of the meeting was part of an effort by the UAE to persuade Russia to curtail its relationship with Iran, including in Syria, according to the Post. [CNN]

FORMER AMBASSADOR Susan Rice gets the last word.

That didn’t keep the right from attacking, but thoughtful congressional Republicans have been satisfied.

Special Counsel Meuller has a lot of places to go.

This story will struggle to break through but it reveals the depth of Trump’s foreign machinations, crossing a line and conducting foreign policy before he was inaugurated.

And that’s the more benign element.

The UAE — and other Arab nations — hate the Iran deal. But for the UAE, Syria was one thing but President Obama’s apprehension on Yemen was too much.

From Juan Cole

So the UAE, which is a fabulously wealthy if small country (maybe 1.5 mn citizens, 9 million residents) had swung into action to make sure Trump was on their side.
My guess is that they will have urged him to tear up the JCPOA, the Iran nuclear deal, which he had already pledged to do.
It is despicable for these foreign leaders to connive at getting young American soldiers killed for their own purposes.
The UAE royal family is also close to Erik Prince, who runs mercenaries in the global south. Prince in turn is close to Trump. Trump made his sister Betsy DeVos a cabinet member.
A month later, the UAE used Prince to try to reach out to Russia and get Moscow to abandon Tehran.
So Trump’s hysterical tweet that the Obama administration had put him under surveillance is both true and false. It is false that they bugged his penthouse. It is true that he showed up in their sights, because he kept meeting with persons of interest.

A lot of minions doing the bidding of the wizard.

It’s a target rich environment that includes dads and sons and son in laws.

Cannibalism is coming.