Published: Fri, November 30, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Khashoggi's Revenge: Is Saudi Arabia Becoming A Pariah State?

Khashoggi's Revenge: Is Saudi Arabia Becoming A Pariah State?

AMYGOODMAN:The Senate bill is cosponsored by Vermont Independent Senator Bernie Sanders and Utah Republican Mike Lee.

A procedural vote ahead of debate next week passed the senate, 63 to 37, and Sanders told reporters the matter is expected to come up next week.

"The bottom line is the United States should not be supporting a catastrophic war led by a despotic regime with a unsafe and irresponsible military policy", Sanders said in a statement after Wednesday's vote.

AMYGOODMAN:Wednesday's vote came after more than 50 prominent figures and former officials, including two former U.S. ambassadors to Yemen, signed a letter urging Senators Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer to end America's involvement in the Saudi-led war on Yemen, saying it would "spell the likely end to the broader conflict".

The U.S. -Saudi relationship is now more damaged than at any moment in recent history. In public remarks, Mattis warned that withdrawing US support would jeopardize peace talks that are expected to begin next month in Sweden. We have not changed that accountability for the murder is our expectation of everyone involved in the murder.

"About the briefing: I'm glad we had it, I admire both secretaries, but it was inadequate because the Central Intelligence Agency was not there", Graham told reporters afterward. "Saudi Arabia, due to geography and the Iranian threat, is fundamental to maintaining regional and Israeli security, and to our interest in Mid-East stability".

"Pulling back our limited United States military support, our weapons sales to partners and our protection of the Saudi and Emirati populations would be misguided on the eve of the promising initial negotiations", Mattis said in his prepared remarks to senators, referring to the talks in Sweden that UN Yemen envoy Martin Griffiths hopes to convene next month.

While Mattis was sober, Pompeo struck an antagonistic tone in an op-ed published by the Wall Street Journal on the morning of the briefing.

"The Trump administration's effort to rebuild the U.S. -Saudi Arabia partnership isn't popular in the salons of Washington, where politicians of both parties have long used the kingdom's human-rights record to call for the alliance's downgrading", Pompeo wrote.

On October 4, Saudi Arabia says it is investigating, while United States officials say they are looking into the case.

CIA Director Gina Haspel didn't attend a Senate briefing on the murder of Jamal Khashoggi and the Saudi war in Yemen.

"We also have a crown prince who is out of control, a blockade in Qatar, the arrest of a prime minister in Lebanon, the killing of a journalist... and whether there's a smoking gun", Corker said, "I don't think there's anybody in the room who doesn't believe he was responsible for it".

In the face of that, Congress is set to vote on a war powers resolution this week, which would withdraw USA support for the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, and is considering sanctions or other penalties for the kingdom. I needed to see what was said. He noted that the measure may yet be amended to find some middle ground.

The sanctions target Saudi Arabian nationals who are, in the opinion of the government of Canada, responsible for, or complicit in, Khashoggi's killing, Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said in the statement.

"This conflict isn't optional for Saudi Arabia, and abandoning it puts American interests at risk too", Pompeo said.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee ranking member Bob Menendez, D-N.J., accused the administration of a "coverup" in Khashoggi's murder because Haspel was not made available.

The vote was a major reversal of the Senate's 55-44 vote in March to table the same resolution.

The vote stems from political anger over Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman's role in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, President Donald Trump's response to Khashoggi's death, and Trump's derision of intelligence reports that the prince was involved, as well as ongoing Saudi aggression in Yemen and the humanitarian crisis it's created there.

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