In an interview with Jared Kushner, @jonathanvswan brings up Saudi Crown Prince MBS and says
1. He orders the murder of a WaPo journalist
2. Kidnaps the Lebanese Prime Minister
3. He indiscriminately bombs civilians in Yemen
Then he asks, "What do you see in this guy?" pic.twitter.com/Bw9pO93Xhh
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) May 31, 2019
We already know the answer to that one: MONEY!
Take heed, tyrants!
If *you* murder a dissident reporter, hack up his body with a bone saw and then lie to America about it, we'll retaliate by expediting an arms sale to you.
And if you're not careful, we'll knock 10% of the price. So watch your ass.https://t.co/k9ivRKe2fo
— Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) May 24, 2019
Sure, it’ll further destabilize the Middle East, not to mention violating American law, but those Arabs have money!!! How is anyone with the kind of ethical code that allows them to work for Donald Trump gonna turn down money?
The Washington Post Editorial Board:
… If the new gift to the crown prince is allowed to stand, Mr. Trump will have established a new precedent: Presidents may sell arms anywhere in the world without congressional review simply by claiming an unspecified emergency. Even supporters of Mr. Trump and of arms sales to Saudi Arabia ought to be troubled by this. Sen. James E. Risch (R-Idaho), the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, is at least thinking about it: In a statement, he said he was “reviewing and analyzing the legal justification for this action and the associated implications.”
Mr. Risch has a ready remedy: He can allow a vote in his committee on legislation to block the sales until the Saudi regime stops bombings in Yemen and meets other basic conditions, including the release of women’s rights activists it has detained and tortured. Congress has an obligation to rein in Mr. Trump’s wanton embrace of the Saudi strongman; it also must defend its basic foreign policy prerogatives. It’s time for Mr. Risch to show whether he is up to that challenge.
Mr. Risch is a Republican. The only ‘challenge’ he can see is whether he’ll fold fast enough & enthusiastically enough to please his Dear Leader…
Old enough to remember being told by Bros that Hillary was the "war hawk" and that if it came down to it, they'd rather vote for Trump bc he wasn't an interventionist. https://t.co/qUNQ9PIyMt
— Anna Maltese (@MalteseAnna) May 24, 2019
doesn’t this contradict claimed need to bypass congress on emergency basis? says asked congress over year ago & didn’t get answer wanted? https://t.co/ixKARFBrSi
— Laura Rozen (@lrozen) May 24, 2019
I got to Pompeo saying “The United States is, and must remain, a reliable security partner to our allies and partners around the world” and threw the hell up. https://t.co/z7PyZBEyxV
— Daniel W. Drezner (@dandrezner) May 24, 2019
They didn’t fail to act. They opposed what you want, and now you’re abusing power to get your way https://t.co/KtAfX7T8aV
— Daniel Larison (@DanielLarison) May 24, 2019