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The Saudi version of the disappearance and murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi seems to change every day or so. The latest is the Saudi government claim that the opposition journalist was killed in a “botched interrogation” at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Or was it a fist-fight? What is laughable is that the Saudi king has placed Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, a prime suspect, in charge of the investigation of Khashoggi’s murder!

Though the official story keeps changing, what is unlikely to change is Washington’s continued relationship with Saudi Arabia. It is a partnership that is in no way beneficial to Americans or the US national interest.

President Trump has promised “severe punishment” if the Saudi government is found to have been involved in Khashoggi’s murder, but he also took off the table any reduction in arms sales to prop up the murderous Saudi war on Yemen. It’s all about jobs, said President Trump. So the Saudi killing of thousands in Yemen can go on. Some murders are more important than others, obviously.

The killing of Khashoggi puts the Trump Administration is in a difficult situation. President Trump views Iran as designated enemy number one. Next month the US Administration intends to impose a new round of sanctions designed to make it impossible for Iran to sell its oil on the international market. To keep US fuel prices from spiking over this move Trump is relying on other countries, especially Saudi Arabia, to pump more and make up the difference. But the Saudis have threatened $400 a barrel oil if President Trump follows through with his promise of “severe punishment” over the killing of Khashoggi.

The Saudis have also threatened to look for friendship in Moscow or even Tehran if Washington insists on “punishing” the regime in Riyadh. For a super-power, the US doesn’t seem to have many options.

What whole mess reveals is just how wise our Founding Fathers were to warn us against entangling alliances. For too many decades the US has been in an unhealthy relationship with the Saudi kingdom, providing the Saudis with a US security guarantee in exchange for “cheap” oil and the laundering of oil profits through the US military-industrial complex by the purchase of billions of dollars in weapons.

This entangling relationship with Saudi Arabia should end. It is unfortunate that the tens of thousands of civilians dead from Yemen to Syria due to Saudi aggression don’t matter as much as the murder of one establishment journalist like Khashoggi, but as one Clinton flack once said, we should not let this current crisis go to waste.

This is not about demanding that the Saudis change their ways, reform their society on the lines of a liberal democracy, or allow more women to drive. The problem with our relationship with Saudi Arabia is not about Saudi Arabia. It is about us. The United States should not be in the business of selling security guarantees overseas to the highest bidder. We are constantly told that the US military guarantees our own safety and so it should be.

No, this is about returning to a foreign policy that seeks friendship and trade with all nations who seek the same, but that heeds the warning of George Washington in his Farewell Address that “a passionate attachment of one nation for another produces a variety of evils.” If we care about the United States we must heed this warning. No more passionate attachments overseas. Friendship and trade over all.

(Republished from The Ron Paul Institute by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. It is a partnership that is in no way beneficial to Americans or the US national interest.

    Very true. It is a partnership that is beneficial to the Zio element of the Anglo/Zio Empire. The Saudis prop up the American Dollar and share Israel’s desire to have the Americans destroy Iran and Syria.

  2. Anon[425] • Disclaimer says: • Website

    Well, it’s like you gotta keep changing the diapers. Saudis are so full of shit.

  3. ariadna says:

    Horrible as this murder is, the attention given to it by the MSM is suspect. After all, by ignoring it and continuing business as usual with the Saudis we (not you and I but our ‘betters’) stand to gain a few hundred million dollars.
    How does that compare with ignoring Israel’s ongoing multiple crimes and gaining nothing but actually paying them about $8 billion a year?
    Odd that it gets more attention than the Mutated Walrus arrival in Moscow to blackmail Russia with abandoning the intermediate range nuclear missiles treaty if it does not deliver Syria into the zionists’ hands.

  4. Blindlight says: • Website

    I don’t ever believe anything the Saudis say so there is nothing they can do

  5. Peace looms!

    ‘…The Saudis have also threatened to look for friendship in Moscow or even Tehran if Washington insists on “punishing” the regime in Riyadh. For a super-power, the US doesn’t seem to have many options…’

    Wouldn’t it solve one of the region’s more genuine conflicts if Saudi Arabia made friends with Iran? Let’s encourage this!

    Of course, I suppose this could be another of Riyadh’s ham-fisted lies. Maybe they haven’t the least intention of seeking a rapprochemont with Iran.

  6. ‘…If we care about the United States we must heed this warning. No more passionate attachments overseas. Friendship and trade over all.’

    Aha! Anti-semitic dog-whistle. ‘No more passionate attachments’ indeed. Dog whistle! I call dog whistle!

    Have I got the idea?

  7. JLK says:

    I don’t know why Khashoggi was murdered, but suspect the US alliance with Saudi Arabia was always just a “business deal” and fundamentally different than the US relationship with Israel. Just look at how the US press reacted at the suggestion that the Saudis may acquire even a few nuclear weapons. There is supposedly a de facto alliance between the Saudis and Israel, but I doubt the trust level is very deep.

    There is a lot of money at stake and the Saudi political influence in the US is entirely purchased and not organic.

    • Agree: utu
  8. JF says:

    The Saudis Keep Changing Their Story on the Murder of Khashoggi. What Should We Do?

    Nothing. It is none of our business.

  9. The Saudis Keep Changing Their Story on the Murder of Khashoggi. What Should We Do?

    Assume that it is all lies. If you really wanted to find out the truth, then follow the money. Who paid the fares for all these guys to fly to Turkey? Who authorized their presence at the Consulate? You can’t just walk into a consulate and say “We are here to assassinate someone. Our group will wait in the staff cafeteria, and then we will be using the conference room and the kitchen knives. Let us know when the dog Khashoggi arrives for his appointment.”

  10. APilgrim says:

    Dr. Ron Paul, M.D.

    We met in 1988, and had a lively discussion, in Houston, during your Libertarian Party presidential candidacy. So, I am a friendly, and any differences are generally technical in nature.

    The USA is a net exporter of Crude Oil, Pipeline Natural Gas, LNG, LPG, Gasoline, Diesel, and other petroleum products. Our net energy exports are still small, but rapidly increasing. My point being that OPEC cannot cause a significant, short-term spike in domestic USA crude oil pricing, due to present market structure. Certainly, all the political pressures, on Washington DC, would be to reduce energy exports, during a massive price run-up, caused by OPEC. Even a constant export level, with growing production, would stabilize USA domestic energy prices.

    The USA can easily undermine energy exports to Canada, (which are for their typically predatory/parasitic Canadian) re-export purposes, such as for the Alberta Tar Sands project or the recently approved $40B LNG plant in British Columbia. to wit:

    LNG Canada project in Kitimat given green light to build by shareholders, VICTORIA, ROB SHAW, Updated: October 2, 2018, https://vancouversun.com/news/politics/lng-canada-green-light

    LNG Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Premier John Horgan are set to unveil the project formally at a press conference in Vancouver on Tuesday morning. The largest project in B.C.’s history, LNG Canada, was given final approval to move to construction late Monday night by a consortium of oil and gas companies headed by Royal Dutch Shell. LNG Canada is a joint venture by Shell, Petronas, PetroChina, Mitsubishi and KOGAS.

  11. APilgrim says:

    From January through June of 2018, net natural gas exports from the United States averaged 0.87 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d), more than double the average daily net exports during all of 2017 (0.34 Bcf/d). The United States, which became a net natural gas exporter on an annual basis in 2017 for the first time in almost 60 years, has continued to export more natural gas than it imports for five of the first six months in 2018. According to EIA’s Short-Term Energy Outlook, net natural gas exports are expected to continue rising through the end of 2018 as additional LNG export capacity comes online and as natural gas infrastructure in Mexico is placed into service. Overall net natural gas exports are expected to average 2.0 Bcf/d in 2018 and 5.8 Bcf/d in 2019.

    One cargo containing 3.1 Bcf of LNG was purchased on the spot market (from Russia, @ outrageous cost) and delivered to the LNG import terminal in Everett, Massachusetts, on January 28 to meet increased demand. This one cargo was enough to shift the United States from being a net exporter to a net importer of natural gas for that month.

    U.S. net natural gas exports in first half of 2018 were more than double the 2017 average, Principal contributor: Katie Dyl, OCTOBER 1, 2018, https://www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/detail.php?id=37172#

  12. APilgrim says:

    Dr. Paul,

    I am a long-term fan. I voted for you as the Libertarian Presidential candidate in 1988. Your subsequent efforts as a Republican congressman were much appreciated, particularly your efforts to curb the Federal Reserve Bank.

    We agree that our national relationship with the OPEC nations was contrary to the ideals of our nation, during the long years of American energy dependence. OPEC had the power and they used it, often to our disadvantage. This was most pronounced with the expropriation and nationalization of US corporate O&G holdings/concessions in the Middle East. It was most obvious during the Arab Oil Embargo. OPEC had the USA ‘over-a-barrel’ for 50 years. This subservient position pushed us into a series of ‘energy-wars’, and resulted in a dangerous MASSIVE INFLUX of Muhammadans into our nation.

    Our recently restored Energy Independence, due to the much-maligned ‘Drill-Baby-Drill’, advocated by Sarah Palin and others, is an opportunity. President Trump is systematically reducing the taxpayer cost of our entanglements with Europe, OPEC, Japan, Seoul, Canada, Mexico & others. Hurrah for that!

    Allegedly, elements of KSA executed a radical Islamic Saudi Arabian subject. Jamal Khashoggi apparently committed acts of sedition, espionage, insurrection & high-treason against the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It appears that Khashoggi had no loyalties to KSA or USA, but only to advancement of radical Islamist Caliphates. His death is Good riddance to Bad Company, IMHPO.

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