It is Sunday morning, and I am minutes away from going to church. For a few minutes of my precious time, I am listening to Trump’s speech to the Arab-Islamic Joint Summit in Riyadh while sipping on my morning java. I am curious to see how this most discombobulated of international leaders will use this occasion to map out an American foreign policy in the Middle-East. While most of the fine details of the speech have already been leaked to the media and Trump is doing nothing more than reading what his speech-writers have put in front of him, there are a number of key points worth following up on. One, there is little risk for Trump to talk about wiping out Islamic extremism and Syrian demagoguery inside a room full of ruthlessly autocratic Sunnis whose incredible wealth comes from oil and exploiting women and foreigners. Two, his remarks basically reflect the strongman image he wants to portray wherever he goes. Another Alexander the Great who is so feared that he doesn’t have to wage costly wars abroad. Three, the soaring language of triumphing over evil becomes the myth that Trump wants to set as his ultimate messianic calling or mantra in life. All he can do on international engagements such as this is try to look like the so-called leader of the free world while he figures out how to actually make it happen. I guess you start the charade in a country such as Saudi Arabia where the House of Saudi will roll out the red carpet to anyone who is willing to sell them the latest in military technology to fight their regional wars against terrorism. ISIS and Assad are the enemies and Trump has found a willing surrogate in this Sunni-based regime to do the fighting. No hidden, complex message here because Trump and the Prince are both ‘transactional’ in nature: the Saudis get the weaponry while the American armament manufacturers back home get the lucrative contracts that come with selling abroad. What Trump does not understand is that by using his executive powers to ink these deals in order to make America great again, with little downside, he may very well be adding to the growing instability of the Middle East. As he moves on to Tel Aviv tomorrow, I wonder what he plans to tell Netanyahu about the arms build-up next door. If Trump is doing anything different from his predecessors, by making deals in the hopes of enhancing his stature abroad, he might unwittingly be pushing the whole Middle East agenda towards a grand finale. No, he would never think of that unintended consequence because he is locked into bankrolling any international initiative against terrorism that makes him look like the savior of the world without costing an arm and leg. Such a policy might work in taking down ISIS but what about Syria, Yemen, Libya, Gaza, the West Bank, Kurdistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Irag and other hotspots in the region? Will he venture into these war zones ready to cut peace deals with people he sees as his autocratic equal? Mr. Trump, as history shows, the lasting strength of a deal is only as good as the last one broken.