In fact a regime can literally lure a prominent journalist to its embassy, murder him and chop him up into pieces, and then cart the body out of a foreign country – as the fast mounting evidence increasingly confirms in the case of Saudi journalist and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi – and the US may not so much as bat and eyelash.  President Trump told “Fox News Night” on Wednesday that he wants to know what happened to Khashoggi but expressed reluctance when it comes to blocking arms sales to the kingdom.

And frankly I think that that would be a very, very tough pill to swallow for our country.

Bob Corker, who as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee cited US intelligence on the case, saying “there was Saudi involvement” and “everything points to them.” Corker noted in statements that the killing likely happened the moment Khashoggi walked into the consulate.  President Donald Trump says he is “certainly concerned” that missing Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi is dead, but says he hopes he's not.

The WaPo story includes the following: “Before Khashoggi's disappearance, US intelligence intercepted communications of Saudi officials discussing a plan to capture him…”.

Nor likely would it be for any past administration as the Saudis have long been able to get away with a host of violations, including funding international terrorism (confirmed even in the pages of The New York Times), so long as the “weapons and oil” relationship with the West stays firm. .

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