Source: The Washington Post
The Biden administration will impose no direct punishment on Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the 2018 murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, despite the conclusion of a long-awaited intelligence report released Friday that he “approved” the operation, administration officials said.
Biden is caught between a rock and a hard place here. Senators are calling for sanctions. Justice would demand it, but the geopolitics are touchy. We don’t really need Saudi oil, but we do need them as a regional stabilizer, even when they behave badly. There are consequences to creating power vacuums.