Rand Calls For An End To Arms Sales To Saudi Arabia
Article from Reason by Eric Boehm.
The so-called “explanation” from the Saudis is not even close to credible. What they did was unacceptable and I call on my colleagues in Congress to join me in denouncing their behavior and changing how we treat them.
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) October 20, 2018
Saudi Arabia reversed days of denials on Friday evening and admitted that journalist Jamal Ahmad Khashoggi was killed by Saudi agents inside the country’s Istanbul consulate.
But the new official story is “not even close to credible,” says Sen. Rand Paul (R–Ky.), who today reiterated his call for a reevaluation of the U.S.–Saudi relationship, including putting an end to military cooperation with and arms sales to Saudi Arabia.
For the official story to hold up, you’d have to believe that a 59-year-old journalist tried to Jean-Claude Van Damme his way out of a confrontation with more than a dozen highly trained operatives. And you’d have to come up with an explanation for what happened to Khashoggi’s body.
Paul is hardly the only one to question the legitimacy of this story. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R–S.C.) has tweeted that it would be “an understatement” to say he’s skeptical of the latest Saudi explanation for Khashoggi’s death, and Sen. Marco Rubio (R–Fla.) says the story of a “fist fight gone bad is bizarre.” (Consider how rare it is for Graham and Rubio to land on the same side as Paul on a foreign policy issue.) Rep. Adam Schiff (D–Calif.), the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, tells the Post that “if Khashoggi was fighting inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, he was fighting for his life with people sent to capture or kill him.”
Read the entire article at Reason.
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