by Jack Watts
COMMON SENSE: Clearly, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had Khashoggi murdered. President Trump is well aware of this, but the murder was not on American soil. Because it wasn’t, it’s not our responsibility. This is why Trump has chosen to look the other way. Many are faulting him for this, which is understandable, but it is also short-sighted. Here’s why:
1. With Iran busy developing nuclear weapons, maintaining our strong strategic alliance with Saudi Arabia is in our best interest. We need them to counterbalance Iran’s aggression in the Middle East.
2. Even though the Saudi’s publicly denounce Israel, being Sunni Muslims, they hate the Shiite Muslims in Iran more than they hate the Jews. Saudi Arabia would deny this publicly, but in the de facto world of Middle Eastern politics, it’s true. This makes our alliance with them particularly important, and it’s irreplaceable.
3. Oil! We cannot disrupt the flow of the world’s oil supply. Being high-minded at the expense of destroying our economy, as well as that of Europe’s, isn’t something Trump is willing to do, and he’s right. His pragmatism in this case is wise, and it is very Presidential.