US President, Donald Trump, is reported to be pleased that the media has decided to let the wicked murder of Saudi Arabian dissident journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, drift from the memories of the public who, initially incensed by the slaying, no longer seem to give a crap.
Mr Trump has spoken several times on the murder: first, to condemn it; then, when he realized his condemnation was going to harm US arms deals with the Saudis, he offered them a way out with his outlandish suggestion that the murder had been carried out by 'rogue operators'. Amazingly, this then became exactly what the Saudis said had happened, towing Mr Trump's line.
Trump then turned to the defence of Mohammed bin Salman, the Saudi Crown Prince, without whose authorization this murder could not have been carried out. Even a report from the CIA concluding that bin Salman was the person who was behind the killing, wasn't good enough for Trump.
In order to save the arms deals, you understand.
Now, however, other events have nudged Mr Khashoggi's name out of the headlines, and out of the public consciousness. Trump told a White House press conference:
"I'm pleased to see that the excitement over the Arab's death has died down. As they say in Hollywood, 'the show must go on', and the show WILL go on. There are more important things than one dead Arab reporter to think about. There's all the guns, tanks, missiles and bombs we're going to sell the Saudis for a start! Now let's all move on, and thank God that the dirty red stain of Mr Khashoggi didn't spatter too far across the great and glorious American flag, and that we can all sleep soundly in our beds at night, knowing that it was just one dead Arab, and nothing too serious."