Donald the Demagogue has outdone himself in the wake of the Orlando outrage. With inflammatory rhetoric not heard since the McCarthy era, Trump has slurred all American Muslims for domestic terror attacks in California and Florida. "They knew" about the bad guys but "didn't turn them in," says Trump, with his customary lack of evidence. He wants to ban immigration from virtually all Muslim countries and has said he wouldn't give any visiting Muslims visas.
How do you solve a problem like Saudi Arabia? President Obama's visit to Saudi Arabia this week will have little impact on the mounting American hostility toward the Saudis. Now that the United States is no longer dependent on Riyadh for oil, U.S. officials feel free to vent the pent-up anger that has been building for years.
Trudy Rubin’s Worldview column runs on Thursdays and Sundays. Over the past decade she has made multiple trips to Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Egypt, Turkey, Israel and the West Bank and also written from Syria, Tunisia, Lebanon, Iran, Russia, Ukraine, South Korea and China. She is the author of Willful Blindness: the Bush Administration and Iraq, a book of her columns from 2002-2004. She was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in commentary in 2016 and 2001, and in 2008 she was awarded the Edward Weintal prize for international reporting. In 2010 she won the Arthur Ross award for international commentary from the Academy of American Diplomacy.