The evidence appears clear that an official representing Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince bin Salman was present when reporter Jamal Khashoggi was tortured and killed inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
Many in the United States and around the world are calling for President Trump to take harsh actions against Saudi Arabia for the torture and murder of Khashoggi.
But, what’s really at stake here? Is it worth destroying the relationship with America’s second most powerful ally in the Middle East?
It’s not just about oil, but about a US presence in a region that is largely hostile to America.
Additionally, Crown Prince bin Salman is making sweeping changes to modernize his country and if the US pressures the removal of bin Salman, so much progress could be lost, affecting millions of Saudi people.
Fox News – The concerted efforts now underway to derail the improved relations between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia established by the Trump administration are unhelpful at best and dangerous to America’s national and economic security at worst.
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is a reformer trying to modernize his country. The steps he has taken so far are unprecedented. Letting that progress fall victim to mistakes by his government and attacks from opponents would be a massive mistake.
The death of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi – a critic of the Saudi government, who has not been heard from since he entered the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul two weeks ago – was a tragedy. If the facts show the government of Saudi Arabia was responsible for his death it should be held accountable.
But the death of Khashoggi does not outweigh U.S. strategic concerns, which require that we maintain good relations with the Saudi government. We must react accordingly – not as a favor to the Saudis, but in our own national interest…
If the US-Saudi relationship is ruined because of what happened to Khashoggi, it could impact every other nation in the region including Israel.
Saudi Arabia has played a role in helping to keep Iran from an all-out assault on it’s neighbors and on Israel.
The destruction of the US-Saudi relationship could spell to total disaster throughout the Middle East and loss of any and all US leverage in the entire region.
There is just too much at stake for Trump to do anything too harsh against Saudi Arabia for what happened to Khashoggi.
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