Biden’s Khashoggi Double Standard

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I have deliberately attached the verbatim reports from CNN that address this extremely important Foreign Affairs matter, that perfectly prove the incredible degrees of hypocrisy and duplicity exhibited by Biden and his administration.

By Nicole Gaouette and Jeremy Herb, CNN

Updated 2234 GMT (0634 HKT) February 26, 2021

Washington (CNN)The US intelligence report on the murder of Jamal Khashoggi says that Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman approved the operation to capture or kill the Saudi journalist.

“We assess that Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman approved an operation in Istanbul, Turkey to capture or kill Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi,” the report’s executive summary states.

“We base this assessment on the Crown Prince’s control of decision-making in the Kingdom, the direct involvement of a key adviser and members of Muhammad bin Salman’s protective detail in the operation, and the Crown Prince’s support for using violent measures to silence dissidents abroad, including Khashoggi,” the report says.

The Biden administration provided the long-awaited declassified intelligence report to Congress ahead of its public release on Friday.

Shortly after the report’s release, Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced a new “Khashoggi Ban” that allows the US to restrict visas for individuals acting on behalf of a foreign government who are directly engaged in “serious, extraterritorial counter-dissident activities, including those that suppress, harass, survey, threaten, or harm journalists, activists, or other persons perceived to be dissidents for their work.”

Blinken said in a statement that the ban, which can cover family members as well, would immediately be applied to 76 Saudi individuals “believed to have been engaged in threatening dissidents overseas, including but not limited to the Khashoggi killing.”

The above was followed by:

By Alex Marquardt, CNN

Updated 2135 GMT (0535 HKT) March 1, 2021

(CNN)Shortly after the US intelligence community published its long-awaited report on Friday afternoon on the Saudis who were responsible for the death of Jamal Khashoggi, it was taken down without explanation and replaced with another version that removed the names of three men it had initially said were complicit.

The quiet switch by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence went largely unnoticed as the outcry grew that the Biden administration was failing to punish the prince in any way, despite having just declared in no uncertain terms that MBS was responsible.

The first link to the report that was sent out by ODNI went dead. It was then replaced with a second version that removed three of the men it had just announced “participated in, ordered, or were otherwise complicit in or responsible for the death of Jamal Khashoggi.”

It is imperative that our readers comprehend the following FACTS:

  1. The report/accusation against Muhammad Bin Salman is only an Assessment (The act of judging or deciding the amount, value, quality or importance of something, or the judgement or decision that is made; Appraisal; Evaluation)
  2. This estimation was based upon all the information pertaining to this case which remarkably does not have a single item of proof (verbal recording, e mail, text or written order) that Muhammad Bin Salman personally gave the order to assassinate Khashoggi. Hence the Assessment is based only on conjecture of probability.
  3. Muhammad Bin Salman admitted responsibility NOT because of direct culpability, but because as the top most figure in the government, the Buck Stops with him.
  4. In conclusion, this assessment is NOT a legal conviction since it lacks any direct evidence implicating Muhammad Bin Salman ordering the assassination.

This is why, no further action has been or should be taken by the American government. Case should therefore be closed.

In 2016, the American people were made aware for the first time, of the extreme tortures committed by the US military in the Abu Ghraib prison, Fallujah, Iraq against Iraqi insurgents.

Using the same standard of blame against Muhammad Bin Salman, should the Justice Department hold president Bush and defence secretary Rumsfeld directly responsible for the crimes committed under their watch?   If not; why not?

What is even more shocking and insane is the fact, that Biden wants to deal with the foremost terrorist Ayatollahs regime on Earth today, whose leader Ali Khamenei, gave a direct and unambiguous order to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, to use all means possible to quell the 2009 uprising which entailed the mass slaughter of 1500 Iranian unarmed civilians 400 of whom were women.

Why are the lives of 1500 Iranian Khashoggis LESS important than the only Saudi one? Why is Biden not investigating the crimes of the Iranian regime?

After all, Biden is negotiating with the very same blood thirsty mass murderers who never regretted their heinous deeds. A decent and fair minded administration should use exactly the same criterions regarding any issue and not choose sides, thus utterly negating their own alleged case for justice.

IQ al Rassooli