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Senators approve anti-Saudi resolution

by Kent Covington
Posted 12/14/18, 10:59 am

The U.S. Senate on Thursday defied the White House by rebuking Saudi Arabia over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Seven Republican senators, including co-sponsor Mike Lee of Utah, joined with Democrats to approve a nonbinding resolution calling for the United States to end its assistance to Saudi Arabia in the war in Yemen.

A separate resolution also put the blame for Khashoggi’s death squarely on Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. U.S. intelligence officials concluded the crown prince was likely involved in the Oct. 2 killing of Khashoggi, a columnist for The Washington Post, at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. But the Trump administration has argued there’s no smoking gun implicating the crown prince and Saudi Arabia is too important an ally to risk alienating. The House likely won’t consider the Yemen resolution.


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  • Cyborg3's picture
    Cyborg3
    Posted: Fri, 12/14/2018 10:20 pm

    A world leader has to work with the other world leaders, many of whom have killed people or committed atrocities. For example, China has killed many thousands in the last few years, yet we still work with this communistic country. The President of the United States is tasked with forming the US foreign policy with foreign countries and oftentimes he has to work with dictatorships and despots. As such, he has to decide which relationship best promotes the United States interests and values. The President has to work with the powers that be and so sometimes he has to overlook “bad behavior” if the relationship in other areas furthers US interest. This is the situation that Trump finds himself in working with the Saudis. Turkey has every interest to destroy the relationship of the US and Saudi Arabia so they have  widely publicized the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Sadly, our Congress are interjecting themselves into the difficult political situation with the Saudis only to further muck up the political waters making it more difficult for Trump to push forward a positive US policy in the Middle East.  

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