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Corker: ‘Zero Question’ Mohammed bin Salman Ordered Khashoggi Murder

Earlier today, the Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee declared [1] Mohammed bin Salman guilty of ordering Jamal Khashoggi’s murder:

Following a briefing to senators by CIA director Gina Haspel Tuesday on the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi leading Republicans told reporters that there was “zero question” that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the brutal murder.

Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker, a Tennessee Republican, said “I have zero question in my mind that the Crown Prince MBS ordered the killing, monitored the killing, knew exactly what was happening. Planned it in advanced. If he was in front of a jury he would be convicted in 30 minutes. Guilty,” Corker said.

Corker called the Trump administration’s claim that there is no direct evidence of the crown prince’s involvement “unacceptable.”

Corker’s comments confirm what we have all assumed for the last two months, but it is significant that someone in Corker’s position with his past record of supporting the Saudis has been willing to go as far as he has in his public remarks about the crown prince’s culpability. The evidence that Corker has seen must be even more damning than the information that is already publicly available. If the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee is prepared to make this charge publicly against the de facto ruler of another government, the crown prince’s guilt must be undeniable. Corker’s certainty about this shows the extent to which Secretaries Mattis and Pompeo have abased themselves in trying to cover up for Trump and the Saudis.

There has never been any serious doubt that Mohammed bin Salman ordered the murder. He has consolidated too much power in his own hands for the “rogue” operative cover story to make any sense, and it is just the sort of aggressive, reckless behavior that we have come to expect from him. The crown prince was able to do even more destructive things with impunity, so he probably thought that no one would even notice if he had one of his critics killed. Once again, he was undone by his own terrible judgment.

The U.S.-Saudi relationship has become even more noxious in the last few years because of Mohammed bin Salman’s role in the government, but the relationship was already becoming a liability for the U.S. well before that. Assuming that the king won’t remove his son from the succession, Mohammed bin Salman’s continued status as the heir apparent and de facto ruler should make it much easier to downgrade the relationship with Riyadh. That change should have happened anyway, but now it is imperative that the U.S. disentangle itself from the kingdom as quickly as possible. The first step in doing that is cutting off all U.S. support to the war on Yemen, and that means passing S.J.Res. 54.

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12 Comments To "Corker: ‘Zero Question’ Mohammed bin Salman Ordered Khashoggi Murder"

#1 Comment By Clyde Schechter On December 4, 2018 @ 2:17 pm

Well, if all the sturm und drang about the Khashoggi murder ultimately leads to the US donwgrading its relationship with Saudi Arabia, that will be a very good thing.

But am I the only who is bothered by the fact that the murder of one Saudi-American journalist carries so much more weight than the wholesale slaughter and starvation of hundreds of thousands in Yemen?

#2 Comment By Uncle Skippy On December 4, 2018 @ 2:31 pm

@Clyde Schecter NO! You are not the only one.

#3 Comment By TR On December 4, 2018 @ 2:39 pm

The bad news is Corker is being replaced by one of the most odious females in Tennessee and a Trumpista to the core.

#4 Comment By Sid Finster On December 4, 2018 @ 2:44 pm

My SWAG (and this is a SWAG and nothing more) is that Trump either knew of the murder and said nothing, or that he actively consented to the murder. The CIA knows this.

This explains why Trump defends MBS with a loyalty that rivals that of any dog, and why the story is not allowed to die.

It may even have been a setup, and Trump stepped right in the trap.

#5 Comment By SteveM On December 4, 2018 @ 3:44 pm

Re: Clyde Schechter, “But am I the only who is bothered by the fact that the murder of one Saudi-American journalist carries so much more weight than the wholesale slaughter and starvation of hundreds of thousands in Yemen?”

Exactly Clyde. And toss in the usual beheadings in Saudi Arabia for crimes including “witchcraft”? And the de facto foreign worker slave labor force maintained and abused by the fat and lazy Saudi nationals.

Moreover, Congress (and the MSM) are indifferent to the wreckage and waste wrought by the U.S. supported “moderate” jihadist lunatics in Syria. And the documented collaboration with the Islamists of the White Helmet “heroes” in Syria. (Including a gruesome execution video on YouTube.) From Congress and the MSM, “Move along… Nothing to see here… Keep moving…”

The faux outrage by Bob Corker and his equally oily pals on Capitol Hill is too little, too late cheap grace.

They are all Reptiles…

#6 Comment By Stephen J. On December 4, 2018 @ 4:22 pm

The “Khashoggi Murder” gets more coverage in the media than the murderous atrocities in Yemen.
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Anybody with a spark of human decency is surely horrified at the latest murderous Saudi atrocity. But to see the so-called international community, the corporate media, business leaders and all the other political elites and establishment members all rightly upset over the horrific murder of Jamal Khashoggi is, I believe, to see selective hypocrisy in action.

Where were these “pillars of society” when the Saudis murdered schoolchildren travelling in a school bus in Yemen? Did that get blanket coverage in the newsrooms of the “investigative media”? Did any of them speak out daily? Oh, I forgot, some of these “honourable people” sell arms to the Saudis, do sword dances with them, kiss their cheeks, and call them “allies.” Now they pretend to be outraged at their Saudi friends….
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#7 Comment By rayray On December 4, 2018 @ 4:46 pm

@Clyde Schecter
Agreed with both sentiments wholeheartedly.

But the strategy of “Blame Iran” employed by Trump, Pompeo, Bolton, et al is a powerful one.

It’s an obvious lie, but it’s such a wish-fulfillment lie, much like “Make America Great Again” that it’s hard to combat. Who knows/cares enough about the reality of the Middle East to see through it…?

#8 Comment By bill On December 4, 2018 @ 5:20 pm

Some say there’s zero question that the Saudi royal family was complicit in the 9-11 attacks. It’s time to sever relations.

#9 Comment By Mark Krvavica On December 4, 2018 @ 7:39 pm

Gangster Al Capone did a better job ordering the Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre than Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordering the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, Capone was a underrated cover up artist.

#10 Comment By Whine Merchant On December 4, 2018 @ 8:34 pm

“But am I the only who is bothered by the fact that the murder of one Saudi-American journalist carries so much more weight than the wholesale slaughter and starvation of hundreds of thousands in Yemen?”

1 – It’s the “Saudi-AMERICAN” part that draws attention.
2 – He was a Washington Post journalist, so the media always defend their own [even Faux made a few murmurs about CNN losing White House credentials].
3 – Trump made it a big issue with his defence of a fellow-member of the bullies’ club.

#11 Comment By Bryan On December 4, 2018 @ 11:26 pm

The difference between Khashoggi and the poor starving Yemenis is that Khashoggi has some powerful media friends who buy ink by the barge and who are determined to teach the Saudis a lesson and send a message to other tyrants and dictators who might be thinking about crossing their red line.

#12 Comment By Ginn Landing On December 5, 2018 @ 7:22 am

“Well, if all the sturm und drang about the Khashoggi murder ultimately leads to the US donwgrading its relationship with Saudi Arabia, that will be a very good thing.”

It won’t. It won’t because the Saudi relationship is a mirror image of the Israel relationship. The Saudis just have to ignore us and keep on killing and dispossessing the Yemeni civilians, like the Israelis did to the Palestinians. Eventually we’ll join in and treat the Yemenis as though they deserve what the Saudis are doing to them, just as we stopped caring about the Palestinians and started helping the Israelis grind them into dust.

It’s Trump World now. Not a good thing to be weak and powerless in Trump World. Not at all. Especially because the America that sympathized with underdogs and liked to regard itself as a protector of the weak and innocent is gone, as cold and dead as G. H. W. Bush.