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Smerconish: The Saudi chokehold on the US

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CNN's Michael Smerconish wants to know why Saudi Arabia holds sway over US presidents from both political parties along with major business leaders despite less American dependence on foreign oil and human rights abuses perpetrated by the kingdom. #CNN #News
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Servant to Be (13 days ago)
Saudis are the controllers of Islam...if you have the solution for Islamic problems then present your proposals...if not shut the fuck up...enjoy your oil and the shaky peace that exists due to Saudi policies
Lavern Scott (1 month ago)
My god look at the two lovers it may be so never know what goes on behind close door da
James Parker (2 months ago)
Mueller, media , economy, military
john carver (2 months ago)
Javier Harth (3 months ago)
The fight with Iran goes back to the time of the Shah. The US helped install him in power and the Iranian Revolution deposed him. Ever since we have been trying to get back in control of their oil. Iraq was about oil. Saudi Arabia is about oil. Not because we needed it, but because it makes some people wealthy, influential people. The reality of how Bush and Trump feel about about Arabians comes through loud and clear in their televised interactions. Trumps' attempt at dancing amongst them is clearly ridiculous, as was Bushs' attemp(senior Bush) at dancing with them. And then there is 'Dubya' holding hands with the Saudi King; that was hilarious! I am sure Saudi royals loath westerners, but it's all about business with them, it's all about the money!
Debra Smith (3 months ago)
GO SMERCONISH! Superlative discussion! Brave discussion. BUT STOP allowing PROPAGANDA. TRUTH is so refreshing! One more thing that scares the BEJEEBERS out of me is the way POMPEO is acting! As a person of faith- I AM SICK UNTO DEATH of state religion of of which are ANTI anyone else. I am also sick to death of MONARCHIES that farm whole nations for profit. Christ said that his kingdom was not of this world. Countries can only work when HUMAN RIGHTS MATTER. If they do not matter- there is no HOPE for human life. The WAR IN YEMEN had precidents. THOSE CHILDREN should not be starving to DEATH for AMERICAN PROFIT or privilege.
Zed Shaban (3 months ago)
American policy , there are good terrorists and bad terrorists in the world , AMERICA decides !! Just imagine If MBS would have killed an Israeli journalist ...I wonder how different the response would be ?
Dennis Grass (4 months ago)
How much of the U.S. stock market is owned by Saudi interests?
taurusx1000 (4 months ago)
yet Obama sold most arms to the Saudi's than any other president,so its not just Trump
Eddie Umaga (4 months ago)
americans should not allow money, economic gain to set aside principles
Eddie Umaga (4 months ago)
Americans should pressure its govt to side wity the ttuth
Eddie Umaga (4 months ago)
this wiil test the democratic process of u.s gov't. the Legislative being coequal component of derrocratic sys should exere its rights
Eddie Umaga (4 months ago)
u.s gov't should grab the opportunity of holding the torch of universal principles opp justice
Eddie Umaga (4 months ago)
u.s citizens should make united convictions for truth, liberty, freedom
Hamed Alrashed (4 months ago)
All are Saudis in a Saudi consulate How about we respect Saudi government investigations and then court ruling and then truly judge ❤️🇸🇦❤️ Too much hate and prejudice unfortunately- patience is wisdom
Peg James (4 months ago)
Oil oil oil oil and more oil.
Warren Moses (4 months ago)
Trump is so far up the prince ass he can see what’s in his stomach.
Leeanne Bishop (4 months ago)
Those that fidn’t Vote for Trump vote hard get your contry back and get rid of the smell of red trash
Leeanne Bishop (4 months ago)
You can thank Trump for that he’s the one that keeps making deals with dictators cross them at any point watch out caysecwon’t care who you are your screwed
Steve B (4 months ago)
You are a total shil for the psychotic mass murderers of 9/11 bitch. The inside job is not a friggin conspiracy theory . Where are the real journalists of this nation. To mention popular science's report on 9/11 is laughable. You have lost all credibility. KARMA for the psychotic mass murderers of 9/11.
Abdou Abdel-Rehim (4 months ago)
Qanta Ahmed what you are saying is non sense. Just to be polite. From where exactly you got the information that mosques in Europe are used to radicalize locals. Muslims in the west in general don't have enough money to build mosques. Go to any city or town in America and see how many mosques are there and how are they run. 99.99 are funded through donations of regular individuals. When the Saudi build a mosque it is usually on big cities like Rome or Washington DC. It is part of their support of Islam worldwide given they have the holy mosques and they have money. You know that about 70 years ago Egypt used to send the cover of the Kabbah in Mecca to Saudi.
Mushtaque Ahmed (4 months ago)
US should hold the crown prince responsible for the murder of the journalist. Simple
Michael Dob (4 months ago)
I'll tell you why but you won't like it. Reason is Israel. Israel is using Saudi Arabia to fight its fights. Because of that, US has to partner up with a backward regime that chops heads off regularly.
curandero88 (4 months ago)
The larger issue for these experts??? The larger issue is FUCKING RELIGION in the first place! It has single handedly fucked up freedom, peace, civility, since forever. LOSE your fucking religions. Study human anthropological mythology and deal with it.
Omid Reza (4 months ago)
ARE YOU STUPID? THEY GIVE US OIL FOR PAPER MONEY. ALSO EVEN BIGGER, THEY SELL THEIR OIL ONLY FOR DOLLAR - this makes the dollar strong and in demand in the world. Thats why we let them kill people and start unprovoked wars (like in Yemen). We have no Morals. to the Glasses Lady - stop completely ignoring the Saudi crimes. your colors are showing and so is your hair, be careful those wahabis don't get a hold of you without hejab
Mohamed omar Hasan (4 months ago)
Hey you lady the 2 Holly Mosques are situated in a rogue state of Saudi Arabia third Holly Mosque is in Apartheid state of Israel but as you believe US and Saudi Arabia friendship no matter don’t say Saudi Arabia represents Millions of Muslims around the world you are wrong compered to the crimes they do to people we go there because of hajj and Umrah don’t defend them for the crime they have committed you are nothing in Saudi Arabia second class citizen don’t repeat again to say Saudis represent all Muslims around the world
John McQue (4 months ago)
This is pure BS!! The Saudis, own some $3trilion in US bonds, and we are dependent on their oil, that is why they always get away with murder.
Ezra Daßer (4 months ago)
Did that woman just fold her glasses into themselves ?
Aziz Alrwaili (4 months ago)
There’s no American values no one killed more innocent people than the US
khin myint (4 months ago)
I am thinking what if real USA.born American was killed by Saudi like this ,how USA respond to murderer
James Ryan (4 months ago)
It's all about money and oil. Our so called leaders don't have a spine.
copy print (4 months ago)
bad glasses disease , it's not funny, it's a real thing, maybe a little funny
Greg Woodworth (4 months ago)
" I don't get why the Saudis hold such sway" And you're supposed to be a journalist! 5 minutes researching the Petrodolar and you will understand
Suhayra Dollie (4 months ago)
Religion plus Money, Toxic Combination
Karen Hendry (4 months ago)
Because of Yemen and the third anti christ Will wer. Turan
Arthur Radtke (4 months ago)
It's all about the military/industrial complex as billions if not trillions of $$$ keeps our nations industries afloat. Pretty sad isn't it?
Michael Richardi (4 months ago)
Religion nothing but always causing hated n death
Gilles Cordier (4 months ago)
The Saoudies own a good chunk of the national US economy. Is that not reason enough for them to behave the way they do?!!
Salt (4 months ago)
Dr.Ahmed is quite dense in my opinion
Ind Pol Com (4 months ago)
Israel has greater and complete control over US
zee jay (4 months ago)
15 is saudi lucky no how ...1, 911 = 15 hijackers 2...Khashoggi = 15 death killers
OP Avarice (4 months ago)
Oh, now they wanna talking about 9/11 facts...
Mohamed Phallah (4 months ago)
She is scare to tell the truth lol
Khalid Algharably (4 months ago)
What the heck does killing the journalists have to do with religion? Saudi does not like that journalist because he speaks his mind. Saudi kills him in a stupid way. Trump turns a blond eye because they give him too much money. This is the whole case. What does it have to do with shia and sunna? Stupid fake news
Andy B (4 months ago)
These crazy leftists won’t be happy until the USA is in a war with someone.
Victorious Angel (4 months ago)
Why did an autopsy specialist come to a consulate?Was it to take out the journalist and silenced him?
1JAAJ (4 months ago)
Because saudis well know that they own US leaders. They know what ever they do they will get away with it. American’s bread is ditched to murdered innocent peoples children blood. Which morality of US talking about?
Fred Pfeifer (4 months ago)
Amazing to live in this times when one gets to witness the most powerful politician in the entire galaxy happens to be the one under the threat of all the juicy pieces of evidence in the hand of some Vladimir on his midnight engagements in Moscow a couple years ago, and, on top of all that, now also under the chokehold by Saudi. Luckily that politician is not the most powerful creature in the entire universe, which is presumably larger than our galaxy, or he could be even under the threat and chokehold of some Martian or Saturnian.
The jukebox (4 months ago)
Well well well, libtards mocking diplomacy
Rune Martin Guldberg (4 months ago)
That women. Does she have windscreen wipers on the glasses?
Black Tulip (4 months ago)
The woman paid, at first second, Mohammad , prophet order , make election, for leadership, not dictatorship of Saudi arabia, this lady change the story, she paid , the kingdom was part of keeper of colony of British against ottoman empire not against shia, or Sunni, also kingdom are Wahhabi not shia or Sunni, and profit and wealth of Saudi people are for sale , and Iran have nothing to do, with such crime as she wants make money more,
Black Tulip (4 months ago)
why khashoggie did not hire a lawyer do the job, when he know they are looking to kill him , as opponent,
Joe (4 months ago)
Oil of course, but when that ends they will probably treat em like Palenstians.
delritmo la clave (4 months ago)
trump=mob saudi landering money projects....
ann hendrickson (4 months ago)
This is BS. Msm echo chamber Propoganda pie holes schill on behalf of the transnational elite profiteers. Why the selective outrage? Money. Corruption. Baugh, Muslim brotherhood CAIR , left alliance of Jewish haters , hamas hezbollah Iran boosters.
Stev Rex (4 months ago)
Not in any manner a question. All the people you pictured with mbs adore money. They worship money.
Reda Elhana (4 months ago)
$110 Billion dollars.
Ginny Oliver (4 months ago)
how can this woman worship a god that see her and girls from the age of 9 as sexual property of her husband with no human and civil rights?????????
BernieYohan (4 months ago)
They like Putin own Trump.
Gordon Hopkins (4 months ago)
Why is everyone ignoring the true crime here? Her glasses!
John Cass (4 months ago)
Randy Bell (4 months ago)
I Like Rand Paul, but not his hair.
Randy Bell (4 months ago)
This guy is the most desperate of any CNN reporter. He looks like a wolf ready to devour his prey.
Moeshaak Shakur (4 months ago)
This to guest are just as dumb as the anchor they do not know what they're talking about and they're all bunch of liberals three liberals discussion topics to have no qualification in discussing this is ridiculous
Moeshaak Shakur (4 months ago)
This woman is 100% wrong this woman with the stupid classes she is wrong there is only one Islam and that is the one which believe in Sharia law 100% know if no but all
jiji309 (4 months ago)
Trump would literally do a blow job to Saudi royals for money!! Trump worships money and has no moral values, but do not be fooled by Iranians Iran is no better than Saudi Arabia!! they both had their fair share in destroying the Middle East and letting it drown in terrorism
David Linx (4 months ago)
America leader of the free world, if it ever was, it sure has been reduced to a vague recollection
Richard Harvie (4 months ago)
It was Saudi Arabia money and personal who committed 9/11--now they are killings American citizens one by one!
Monique W (4 months ago)
He died in a fist-fight ??? Errrr, Ummmm, Where TF is the BODY ?????
yarnpower (4 months ago)
If Climate Change isn’t enough of a reason to invest heavily in renewables for anyone, getting independent of Saudi oil should be.
John Cass (4 months ago)
raidermax23 (4 months ago)
its not in america's best interest.. its in Jared Kushner and his Father in law's best interest.. We need to flip the House at all costs.. If we dont.. take to the streets and march on washington.
Bruce Mincks (4 months ago)
1:30 You assume you are not fake news, without realizing what you are being fed before you deliver it publicly.
20 20 (4 months ago)
House of $aud, House of Rothschild, Bank of Lloyds?!?
Hermand Lo (4 months ago)
Petrodollar - Saudi ditched USD or migrated to yuan, so goes the US hegemony
Miata Sport (4 months ago)
Is she a fuck robot that learned to speak and only has saudi cum pour out. Get the fuck out of the desert.
Baltazar Ibarra (4 months ago)
That lady is full of shit, is disgusting to see how anyone would defend those animals.
Gerhard Kutt (4 months ago)
Dr. Ahmed is incorrect. Oil was discovered first in 1908 in Iran, then moved west towards Saudi, where Americans first discovered it in 1938. So America was courting Saudi Arabia because of the prospect of Oil. The rest is history ..
Gerhard Kutt (4 months ago)
Trump was bought by people with money. The way they did that was to buy units in his properties. He mentioned early in his election about pay to play. Russians paid, by disruption - even manipulating Comey on Hillary emails - as well as $30 million cash to the NRA which paid for ads posted by them.
Kevin Junior (4 months ago)
And one day, pretty soon. America will smash everyone.. absolutely smash.. their tech is fuckin crazy.. you have no idea...
Tommy Hayfield (4 months ago)
Shocking is a small word to describe Saudi Arabia's continuing actions. Our ENTIRE peace of mind in America is in the hands of, apparently, a spoiled rich kid whose anger knows no boundaries. Surprisingly, the recent murder of the Washington Post journalist was just one thread of the giant quilt of suffering the Middle East has suffered at the Saudi's hands. God help them all!
Ruru Ve (4 months ago)
Its all about the oil
bob jones (4 months ago)
China's Chokehold on CNN
SuperUbermensch (4 months ago)
Israel loves pitting Sunnis and Shiites against each other but sooner or later they will bury their differences and attack their common enemy.
Alhassan Gangu (4 months ago)
This lady said 1.6 billion pray towards Makkah, so what? This lady is nuts!
unconditionalLove1 (4 months ago)
This lady is absurdly stupid. The first clue was her fucked up ass glasses. I tried not to judge from that but everything she said was totally useless and uneducated
Michael Gibb (4 months ago)
The moment Saudi Arabia fully nationalized their oil industry in 1980 should have been when the United States severed its alliance with the kingdom. What needs to happen now is not just the ending of that alliance, but also the US dollar being unpegged from oil.
ramo moreno (4 months ago)
$$$$$$$$How do you make the dog dance $$$$$$$$ DIVIDE & CONQUER orderd trump or "????" orderd him??
Anne George (4 months ago)
Paul Manafort managed Bone Saw Salman's American whitewashing...arranging his image improvement strategy. Ick.
LEGACY PROJECT (4 months ago)
Someone walked out dressed in that murdered journalists clothes. To make it look like he left. But cameras caught him going in dressed differently coming out with the clothes the journalist walked in with... journalist never came back out. it was premeditated murder.
The BOOKKEEPER (4 months ago)
TED Cruz INVESTED $5,000,000 five million dollars IN CAMBRIDGE ANALYTICA ! Russian election tampering ! Wow. Hadn’t heard that till O’Rouke told me 10/17. PLEASE help re-elect HeidiHeitkamp North Dakota SENATE. Very important to our U.S. democracy.
Bogore (4 months ago)
Because Saudis oil is traded in dollard. U.S.A will be brankrupt within 90 days If Saudia Arabia decide to trade their oil in a another currency. Michael Smerconish and CNN knows that but the elite will never bring the real debate to the public. Instead we get all this Islamist, Sunni,Chia bulshite propaganda.
bruno 416 (4 months ago)
bruno 416 (4 months ago)
watta fuq are those dumbass glasses that chick is wearing common
fijianz1 (4 months ago)
ms Ahmed.. the topic is the murder of the journalist not your sunni shia or extremism sidetracking..
Roland Munier (4 months ago)
Nainaa Sahil (4 months ago)
This doctor has a soft spot for MBS, what else do you need to know more about Saudias.
rooz bkhayr (4 months ago)
What a lier this good looking but evil Wahabi bought woman sounds? Money will do wonders! Everytime the Saudis and their evil allies do something egregious like bombing children in a school bus or in a wedding party in an underprivileged village in the poorest country in the ME, just bring up Iran to whitewash the whole crime! The US is blindly supporting a rogue ally, or maybe the whole world or most importantly the good American nation should realize by now that our evil government no matter the party affiliation is the true ROGUE STATE! We Americans should take back our country or it will be too late for the greatest nation in the history of the mankind!
A free man (4 months ago)
Most of you on here are nincompoop dumbass fucks. Without the Saudis and Israelis the middle east is an even darker place. Yes it's fucked up but you must be pragmatic you suicidal naive fucks.
Brett Hughes (4 months ago)
one word $$$$$$$
PLEASANTGIFFT (4 months ago)
$100 billion in weapons contract. Trump will pretend to believe anything you want. Trumpanzee kiss the Ass of Saudis at a price - fcuking Money Hoe