Who killed the Saudi messenger, Jamal Khashoggi? Visiting the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, Jamal was a Washington Post columnist and resident of the United States.
“No one knows where exactly it happened, when it happened, or how. There were no witnesses. No one confessed. Maybe it was suicide? Saudi Arabia is spending billions and billions of dollars buying planes and things from the United States…”
And Trump has consistently said that the news media was the enemy of the people. Could this mantra of his have given the green light to Khashoggi’s killers?
However, caught on video entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul the same day that Mr. Khashoggi disappeared, was a forensic expert, fifteen Saudi nationals, one of whom carried a metal bone cutter. They remained in the consulate for about four hours and then traveled back to Saudi Arabia by air. Presumedly, with the metal bone cutter.
Overheard on a telephone, the Saudi crown prince or MBS, as he prefers to be known, was quick to suggest that perhaps it was a rogue group of fifteen Saudis who decided to take matters into their own hands, traveled independently to Turkey with a forensic expert and the metal bone cutter.
Such a Saudi explanation may not be able to hold up under scrutiny by Congress, the media, U.S. courts, and Senator Lindsey Graham. Graham has hysterically announced, "MBS had the guy murdered."
X-ray security on departure from Saudi Arabia would have spotted the metal bone cutter and questions would have been raised, asked and answered. A bone cutter isn’t exactly a toenail clipper. Who okayed boarding that plane with a metal bone cutter?
But perhaps the quickest way to clear the Saudi Arabian crown prince, or MBS, of any malfeasance, is for retiring Arizona’s Senator Jeff Flake to suggest, with deep tortured sincerity, that the White House grant a four day FBI Kavanaugh type investigation into the matter.
Poof, done, cleared. It was definitely a suicide. MBS had nothing to do with the missing journalist, or any rogue operatives or with the metal bone cutter.
Somebody get the broom.