Yesterday, CIA Director Gina Haspel briefed the U. S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee about the 11 phone calls Saudi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman made to the assassination squad leader before, during and after the brutal killing of the Saudi journalist at the country’s Istanbul Consulate.
Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, R-Tennessee (above), said after the meeting, he believes if the crown prince were put on trial, a jury would find him guilty in “about 30 minutes.” He reflects the cross-party views of all the members of the committee on this subject.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, who originally demanded the briefing with Haspel, said there is “zero chance” the crown prince wasn’t involved in Khashoggi’s death.
Sen. Bob Menendez, D-New Jersey, the leading Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, agrees with his republican colleagues that a strong U. S. reaction to Khashoggi’s death is necessary and backs legislation to end all U. S. support for the Saudi coalition waging war in Yemen.
These developments aligns the United States legislative and intelligence institutions with Turkey, while the Pentagon and the White House continue to back Saudi Arabia; the Pentagon in virtue of using the Syrian Kurds as a tool for its now almost automatic “jobs for the boys” military expansionism on Turkey’s borders. However, the Pentagon and Trump appear to be at odds, as Trump attacks the currently absurd levels of military expenditure.