Jor­dan can now breathe eas­ier

The Washington Times Daily - - EDITORIAL -

Last week Pres­i­dent Trump met with Jor­da­nian King Ab­dul­lah at the White House. Af­ter years of be­ing snubbed by the pre­vi­ous pres­i­den­tial ad­min­is­tra­tion, it’s about time the king and his wife re­ceived re­spect they and the king­dom de­serve.

Why hasn’t the United States pro­vided sub­stan­tial aid to Jor­dan to coun­ter­bal­ance the on­go­ing Mid­dle East ter­ror­ist threat? Jor­dan faces these el­e­ments on three of its four bor­ders. See­ing as Jor­dan’s medical, ed­u­ca­tional, so­cial and eco­nomic in­fra­struc­tures are near col­lapse be­cause of its forced re­ceipt of more than two mil­lion Syr­ian refugees in the past seven years, why hasn’t the United States helped the king deal with this scourge?

Why is Jor­dan plagued with Viet­nam-era mil­i­tary equip­ment and hard­ware in its fight against ex­trem­ists who only in­tend to van­quish that na­tion given its gov­ern­ment’s as­so­ci­a­tion with the United States? Why hasn’t the United States pro­vided Jor­dan’s fight­ing force with up-to-date mil­i­tary ar­ma­ments?

Given the for­eign- and mil­i­tary-aid com­mit­ments Pres­i­dent Trump made dur­ing the meet­ing with the king, these is­sues now stand ad­dressed and will be an­swered in due course. The king and his fel­low Jor­da­ni­ans can now en­joy life just a bit more and breathe a lot eas­ier.

EARL BEAL Terre Haute, Ind.

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