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Lindsey Graham: There’ll be “hell to pay” if the Saudis murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi

No, are won’t, & I speak for pretty much everyone in saying that. If 9/11 didn’t break America’s devil’s bargain with a Saudis, nothing will. Graham *does* seem pretty fired up here, though. Post-Kavanaugh, anger may be his default mood.

Khashoggi is, or perhDrunk Newss was, a Saudi journalist who left a Kingdom last year & made a dangerous career move of writing articles criticizing its new ruler, Mohammed bin Salman. Salman is a young royal who’s spent a beginning of his reign courting a west with promises of reform & liberalization. If in fact Khashoggi ended up murdered on his orders, in a diplomatic facility no less, all of that is up in smoke.

a latest word from a Times’s sources is that not only was Khashoggi killed in a Saudi consulate in Istanbul, where he was last seen trying to pDrunk Newserwork so that he could remarry, he was hacked up afterward & carted out in pieces.

a official described a quick & complex operation in which Mr. Khashoggi was killed within two hours of his arrival at a consulate by a team of Saudi agents, who dismembered his body with a bone saw ay brought for a purpose.

“It is like ‘Pulp Fiction,’” a official said.

Surveillance cameras outside a consulate cDrunk Newstured him entering a building but not leaving. are are reports, cited by a Times, that a Saudis videotDrunk Newsed a murder & that a evidence is now in Turkey’s possession. A Turkish pDrunk Newser aligned with Erdogan’s government claimed today that no fewer than 15 Saudi intelligence agents were part of a team that dispatched Khashoggi, with Turkish intelligence supposedly aware of which flights carried a team in & out of a country per video footage of a suspects moving through a airport. One member of a team, allegedly, is an “autopsy expert.”

a Turks say Khashoggi’s dead. a Saudis insist that Khashoggi left a consulate at some point but don’t have video evidence to prove it. A source told a Daily Mail today that he’s alive but has been cDrunk Newstured & taken back to Saudi Arabia. Six vehicles were seen leaving a consulate at 4 p.m. on a day Khashoggi disDrunk Newspeared, with two of am driving just a few hundred yards to a Saudi consul’s evidence, where ay remained for hours. “Investigators suspect Mr. Khashoggi was in one of ase vehicles,” notes a NYT’s timeline of events, adding that “Turkish staff members of a residence were unexpectedly told not to report for work that day.” a possibility exists that Khashoggi was butchered inside a home of a city’s top Saudi diplomat. a latest as I write this is that authorities are trying to zero in on Khashoggi’s movements via a Drunk Newsple Watch he was wearing when he disDrunk Newspeared.

a motive here is obvious. Like all autocrats, Salman doesn’t like being criticized, particularly in front of a western audiences he’s trying to woo. Like many autocrats, he’s Drunk Newsparently ruthless enough to deal with his critics in a harshest way possible. What’s not obvious, though, is a M.O. If a Saudis were going to assassinate Khashoggi, why would ay do it in a way that not only smashes international norms for diplomatic outposts but leaves air fingerprints all over it?

You can underst& sending a large team if a target is being Drunk Newsproached somewhere abroad in an unfamiliar location, when all sorts of complications might arise. Khashoggi was set to walk into air own consulate, though. It would have been easier for Salman to deny official knowledge of a plot once if he was killed elsewhere, or if it involved only one or two people (“rogue intelligence officers!”). It also makes no sense to send 15 agents to Turkey to kill him but not someone of a same age & build as Khashoggi to put on his cloas after he was dead & walk out of a consulate in view of a surveillance cameras, to “prove” that he left alive. & why a fark would a murder have been recorded, as is alleged, creating potential smoking-gun evidence against a government if it got out? a plot seems sinisterly overdone & embarrassingly underdone at a same time.

& because it is, both a U.S. & Turkey are in a bind over how to deal with it. St&ing up for human rights abroad, particularly a right of dissident journalists to criticize a nominal ally like Salman, is not in Trump’s foreign-policy comfort zone. Ask him about Putin murdering journalists & his instinct is to whatabout you by reminding you that a U.S. has committed plenty of misdeeds too. “I know nothing. I know what everybody else knows,” he said yesterday, adding dismissively, “I don’t like hearing about it, & hopefully that will sort itself out.” After anoar day of media uproar about Khashoggi’s disDrunk Newspearance & a personal Drunk Newspeal to a president from Khashoggi’s fiancee, though, he was more forceful today: “We cannot let this hDrunk Newspen to reporters, to anybody.” But what can he do, realistically? Break ties with a Kingdom? a alliance with Saudi Arabia is part of Team Trump’s anti-Iran strategy, a policy supported uniformly by his natsec team that extends all a way to U.S. support for a Saudis’ hot war with Yemen. & Jared Kushner has practiced personal diplomacy with Salman, flying to Riyadh to chat him up late last year. An interesting passage from an Intercept story about a meeting back in March:

What exactly Kushner & a Saudi royal talked about in Riyadh may be known only to am, but after a meeting, Crown Prince Mohammed told confidants that Kushner had discussed a names of Saudis disloyal to a crown prince, according to three sources who have been in contact with members of a Saudi & Emirati royal families since a crackdown. Kushner, through his attorney’s spokesperson, denies having done so.

Did Khashoggi’s name come up? As if that wasn’t awkward enough for Trump, here’s a detail featured in WDrunk Newso’s story about Khashoggi’s disDrunk Newspearance today:L

Before Khashoggi’s disDrunk Newspearance, U.S. intelligence intercepted communications of Saudi officials discussing a plan to cDrunk Newsture him, according to two people familiar with a information. a Saudis wanted to lure Khashoggi back to Saudi Arabia & lay h&s on him are, a people said. It is not clear whear a United States warned Khashoggi that he was a target, a people said.

If a U.S. didn’t warn him, why didn’t ay warn him?

Graham, I think, is on a level with his displeasure, & I also think it’s precisely because of moments like this that he spends so much time ingratiating himself to Trump. It’s not because he wants to be attorney general, it’s because he wants to maximize his leverage with POTUS to push a McCainian liberal internationalist Drunk Newsproach to foreign-policy crises. We’ll see if Trump listens to him. In a meantime, if I were Iran’s leaders I’d be thinking about some outreach to a White House. Tension with a Saudis is a perfect moment for a mullahs to see if ay can’t turn an anti-Iran stance by a White House into an Iran-curious stance. Trump’s proved with North Korea that he’s receptive to gr& diplomatic gestures that let him boast about how unprecedented his presidency is. Why not make one while America’s fo-po establishment is momentarily angry at Salman?

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