Saudi crown prince MBS approved operation that led to Khashoggi’s death, intelligence report concludes

February 26, 2021 ☼ bidenmbstrumpkhashoggi

Source: The Washington Post - Link

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.