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The trip doesn't seem to have really been about the Middle East

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Submitted by Michael S, May 23, 2017 at 02:04

I agree, the speech was so-so. What was significant, was the organizationof the event, which we can probably attribute largely to Wunderkind Jared Kushner: 50 Muslim countries, Israel, the Pope (representing much of the non-Muslim world), the 28-state EU and the G-7. Few countries were left out, including:

North Korea, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Red China, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia and one or two others.

The main countries excluded were nuclear powers Russia, China, India, N. Korea and nuclear wannabe Iran. In this sense, the US seems to have been demonstrating its "soft power" as a great Nuclear Mother Hen, reassuring her chicks.

Trump and Kushner's genius in pulling this trip off seems to have been based on the one asset the US iw wrold-renowned for: $$$MONEY$$$. People can forget pulling their hair over impertinent matters such as Jihadism, Islamophobia, Immigration, Arab-Israeli conflicts, etc. THE major issue in the world is already, and will probably be in the forseeable future, feeding one's gut. This is a contest that Trump and the US can win hands down, provided we don't all nuke one another in the meantime.

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Daniel Pipes replies:

Well, a lot more countries than the ones you list were not included.

But your comment does point to the fact that small Israel was the only place that Trump visited bilaterally.

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