Are you an autocrat who brutally represses your people and kills journalists who are critical of your regime? Are you in need of international validation? Want the global human rights squad to look the other way? Boy, are you in luck!
Representatives of Saudi Arabia say that Jamal Khashoggi was an “enemy of the state” and a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, but my decision is in no way based on that — this is an unacceptable and horrible crime. King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman vigorously deny any knowledge of the planning or execution of the murder of Mr. Khashoggi. Our intelligence agencies continue to assess all information, but it could very well be that the Crown Prince had knowledge of this tragic event — maybe he did and maybe he didn’t!
That being said, we may never know all of the facts surrounding the murder of Mr. Jamal Khashoggi. In any case, our relationship is with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. They have been a great ally in our very important fight against Iran. The United States intends to remain a steadfast partner of Saudi Arabia to ensure the interests of our country, Israel and all other partners in the region. It is our paramount goal to fully eliminate the threat of terrorism throughout the world!
That’s an official statement Trump issued a short while ago. The language is remarkably similar to his mealy-mouthed obfuscation of Putin’s interference in the U.S. election.
Any dictator who kisses Trump’s ass and facilitates his family’s scams is off the hook, even if they subvert our democracy or kill a U.S. resident who works for the paper of record in this nation’s capital. Wow.
In other news, House Dems plan to investigate Ivanka Trump’s use of personal email for official business. Eat hot karma, Princess Complicity!