Mohammed bin Salman is the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia and the heir apparent to the Saudi thrown.
Salman has been making a number of radical changes in the Islamic nation.
Some welcome the changes (like allowing women to drive), but others are critical of Salman’s iron hand in the way he rules.
One of those critics was reporter Jamal Khashoggi, who was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
Saudi Arabia is claiming that Khashoggi died during an interrogation, but many believe that Salman had him killed.
This is what has prompted Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) to say that Salman must go.
(Fox News) – Sen. Lindsey Graham said Tuesday on Fox News that he wants to see Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman forced out of his position after the mysterious disappearance of activist Jamal Khashoggi.
“This guy has got to go,” Graham, R-S.C., said on “Fox and Friends.” “Saudi Arabia, if you’re listening: There are a lot of good people you can choose, but MBS has tainted your country and tainted himself.”
He added, “The MBS figure is, to me, toxic. He can never be a world leader on the world stage.”
Khashoggi vanished two weeks ago during a visit to the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. Turkish officials said they fear Khashoggi was killed and dismembered inside the consulate.
The Saudis have called the allegations “baseless,” but multiple media outlets reported Monday that the Saudi government may say that rogue intelligence operatives murdered Khashoggi by mistake inside the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul earlier this month during an interrogation that went wrong…
The situation has placed President Trump in a difficult position.
Many are calling on Trump to take punitive action against Saudi Arabia over the death of Khashoggi.
Yet, Saudi Arabia, along with Israel is one of the main US allies in the Middle East and one we can ill afford to lose.
No one is asking the question of whether or not the US should start getting involved in the way every nation handles dissidents.
Personally, I believe the US should NOT be the world’s police and dictate to other countries in these kinds of matters, especially when our own house is not in order.
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