October 12, 2018
Saudi Arabia being a serial human rights abuser in the most aggressive sense while also being one of the greatest allies of the US has been an “open secret” for decades.
It was “open” because anyone who knew anything about the country knew that they have floggings, kill homosexuals, allow child marriages and domestic violence, ban all types of political speech and all these other things which you’re not supposed to be doing these days. It was a “secret” because the media never talked about it.
While Saudi Arabia was literally killing fags, we were told that the most evil thing in the world was Russia telling fags they can’t propagandize children. If you brought up Saudi Arabia to these people they would be like “oh yeah, sure, that too” – but they made certain it wasn’t a focus of attention.
This is from August of this year. And you didn’t hear about it.
For a number of reasons, this apparent killing of a liberal journalist changes everything. They are talking about this a whole lot, and it is creating a strange situation where communist Jew journalists are lending credence to the arguments of Rand Paul.
The first and biggest thing is that it is a journalist, a leftist journalist who worked for the Washington Post, who was apparently killed, and journalists have a kind of professional solidarity. They are sort of like a cult. And they understand that they are hated by pretty much everyone on the planet, so if they start allowing members of their group to be killed and not reporting on it, they’re putting themselves in danger – or at least that is how they appear to view things. They recently lost their minds over a Bulgarian journalist who was rape-murdered, until they realized it was a brown person who did it, at which point the story was promptly buried (however, they will continue to cite it in lists of murdered journalists, implying that it was somehow political in nature).
Secondly, the situation is just so utterly bizarre and outrageous, that it is almost impossible not to report on it. The running story now is that after he entered the embassy to get proof of divorce from his wife so he could get married again, he was detained, the entire Turkish staff of the embassy was told to leave early, and he was then killed and chopped into pieces by a 15 man hit team, which then flew the body parts back to Saudi Arabia. This is like a movie. And watching the drama unfold has been surreal. It is a very hard story to bury.
Finally the third reason is that Trump has made an alliance with them, which involves the sale of weapons. So they can attack Trump over this. Or at least they think they can. As far as I am able to tell without having been in the meetings, Trump’s attempt to build stronger ties with Saudi Arabia was a gesture toward Israel, which was in turn intended to strengthen support for him domestically by domestic Jews. However, given that this has certainly not played out as he thought it would, and even the most vicious neocon Jews are still aggressively attacking him, I don’t see that he has much to lose by losing this arms deal.
The anti-Trump angle is probably much of how the journalists are explaining it all to themselves.
This recent Huffington Post article blaming Trump for the kidnapping and apparent murder reads more like an announcement to other journalists than something they expect a lot of readers to be able to follow along with.
It is an op-ed by some Paki, but it is clearly intended as a position paper of the editors.
The American president who has made a habit of calling news media “the enemy of the people” is now facing a possible consequence of his words: the disappearance, perhaps murder, of a Washington-based journalist at the hands of one of the president’s closest allies.
“This is unprecedented. I’ve never seen or heard of anything like this,” Courtney Radsch, advocacy director at the Committee to Protect Journalists, said of the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi.
Published reports suggest he may have been killed at the behest of Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman ― whom President Donald Trump has praised effusively since shortly after taking office.
“Saudi Arabia has never been a bastion for press freedom,” Radsch said, but added that Trump’s repeated cries of “fake news” and “enemy of the people” have made life dangerous for reporters around the globe. “Anti-press rhetoric coming from the highest office of the land and the constant attacks on journalists have sent a message worldwide.”
In recent days, Trump has said he wants to find out what exactly happened to Khashoggi. “We don’t like it. And we don’t like it even a little bit,” he said Thursday during an Oval Office photo opportunity.
But on Wednesday, asked specifically whether his use of the phrase “enemy of the people” ― made famous by dictators from Adolf Hitler to Joseph Stalin to Mao Zedong ― to disparage journalists may have contributed to Khashoggi’s disappearance, Trump did not answer. Instead, he walked to his waiting limousine for a ride to a political rally.
“It’s not only possible. It’s a certainty,” said former CIA analyst and National Security Council spokesman Ned Price, whose group National Security Action has put together examples of authoritarian leaders mimicking Trump’s phrasing.
Syria’s Bashar Assad, the Philippines’ Rodrigo Duterte, Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro and Hungary’s Viktor Orban have all used the phrase “fake news” ― a Trump favorite ― to attack negative coverage since the start of Trump’s presidency. Russia’s Vladimir Putin, whose spy agencies boosted Trump during the 2016 presidential election by disseminating actual propaganda on social media, has blamed both “fake news” and the “deep state” ― another Trump favorite ― for his difficulties in achieving a closer relationship with Trump.
Eliot Cohen, a top State Department official under then-President George W. Bush, said the message Trump has sent is terrible, both about journalists and everybody else. “I think the tacit encouragement is worse: It’s clear he really does not care about human rights at all, even for American residents,” Cohen said. “We’ll see what happens when an American citizen who is not one of his supporters, or from a constituency that he is concerned about, is the victim. I’m not optimistic.”
Trump, meanwhile, said that while he wants to get to the bottom of what happened to Khashoggi, he does not want that effort to interfere with planned arms sales to Saudi Arabia. “As to whether or not we should stop $110 billion from being spent in this country, knowing they have four or five alternatives, two very good alternatives, that would not be acceptable to me,” he said in the Oval Office.
He said that these two alternatives were Russia and China, and I doubt either of them would sell weapons to Saudi Arabia.
It looks to me as though Trump is putting on a show, faking like he cares about the Saudi arms deal. I’m sure there is a lot of money behind it, and interests beyond Saudi Arabia and Israel that were appeased by it, but ultimately it just means further entrenchment in the Middle East, which is a very poor long-term strategy.
Everyone will remember that Trump campaigned on not supporting Saudi Arabia, instead openly blaming them for 911. He also refused to go to Israel during the campaign and do the whole praying at the wall scene, something he did end up doing after the election (on the same trip in which he made the deal with Saudi).
What is happening here is that Jewish journalists and human rights groups are giving an in for Trump to go back to the policies we want him to have without losing any face.
I don’t know if it is going to happen or not, but it certainly would not be surprising if this whole situation led to a canceling of the arms deal that was made last year. That seems extreme, but kidnapping a man in an embassy and chopping him up is also very extreme.
I’ve made peace with the fact that Trump is going to have to keep supporting Israel, because the evangelicals make up such a huge portion of his base. That is simply a sad fact of reality that there isn’t really any way around. But any opportunity to lessen our involvement in the region is a good thing.
Saudi having a conflict with the US would mean less money to ISIS, it would mean a less radical stance toward Iran, and it might even lead to reforms in Iran, given that Iran currently holds power domestically by playing up their ongoing cold war with Saudi.
So I’m with Rand Paul – use this as an excuse to cut everything, just shut down that segment of our relationship with the Middle East.