Saudi Arabia has admitted they murdered Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi. It’s very likely Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the mission that led to Khashoggi’s death. Many have been calling for the United States to punish the Saudis in general and MBS in particular.
It isn’t going to happen.
A decent ally that does lots of business with America just got a free pass because the man responsible happens to be very friendly to the administration. We are abandoning our values in the same way President Obama did on numerous occasions with his foreign policy. The message to the world is that our silence on human rights issues is for sale.
The message should have been, “We will punish MBS for murdering Jamal Khashoggi, but we will not let this bolster Iran’s foothold in the Middle East.” Instead, the message was, “It is what it is, but we need the business.” Very sad.
At the core of the administration’s unwillingness to bring justice to Saudi Arabia is the money. Saudi Arabia spends a lot of it with the United States and has a great deal of influence over the world economy through their oil exports and control of OPEC. As a result, we’re going to sit back and allow this murder to get swept under the rug.
“After my heavily negotiated trip to Saudi Arabia last year, the Kingdom agreed to spend and invest $450 billion in the United States. This is a record amount of money.”