In this world of digital enlightenment, Americans are getting glimpses behind the curtain of a great many otherwise clandestine cabals.
Sometimes, these glimpses allow us to prevent a national disaster, as was the case with Wikileaks’ publishing of emails that painted a negative picture of Hillary Clinton just before the 2016 election. This sort of bullet-dodging benevolence stands at the heart of the First Amendment in America…which is probably why the left was so upset about it.
The same image-shattering informational awareness has become painful for the nation of Saudi Arabia as well, given their long and hidden history of international chicanery that has been overlooked on account of their ally status to the United States.
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Now, in an example of their nefariousness, it appears that bad actors within the nation have possibly murdered an anti-Saudi journalist within a supposedly “safe” embassy. This has not gone over well with President Trump.
“We’re going to get to the bottom of it and there will be severe punishment,” Trump vowed.
Trump acknowledged the possibility that the Saudis are behind Khashoggi’s disappearance, but explained the Saudi government has denied involvement in “every way you can imagine.”
However, Trump did not commit to implementing sanctions or cutting military arms deals with the Saudis if it is discovered they are responsible for Khashoggi’s disappearance or death. The president cited the effects such action may have on American businesses.
“I’ll tell you what I don’t want to do. I don’t want to hurt jobs. I don’t want to lose an order like that. And you know what, there are other ways of punishing,” Trump said.
Could this be the straw that finally breaks the camel’s back, so to speak? Will some of Saudi Arabia’s other mischievous actions be outed in this dust-up?
Only time will tell…