Enemies of the People

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

(Cartoonist - Joel Pett)

In other news, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he's not willing to shut down the government over Trump's border wall even if House Republican leaders say they are ready to.

Meanwhile, confirming earlier reports, Turkish officials told CNN they have concluded that Jamal Khashoggi's body was cut into pieces after he was killed in the Saudi consulate. They say he was both killed and dismembered inside the Saudi ambassador's office.

There are some other reports floating around tonight that paint a far more gruesome and damning picture that makes the Saudi claim that they accidentally killed him look like another big lie, but I need more confirmation.

Finally, nearly 40 percent of global fund managers polled by Bank of America say they expect global economic growth will slow in 2019. That's the highest level since the 2008 financial crisis.

  • Badgerite

    In the long run, I think this ‘alliance’ with the Saudis, and MBS in particular, could backfire on the Israelis. Just as their alliance with apartheid regimes in South Africa did when South Africa eventually adopted a one man, one vote political system. I think Obama was right to be cautious with them. We do not share the same values. Our nation came into being throwing off the oppression of a monarch. Our interests are commercial and strategic and thus should be engaged in cautiously and at arms length. And their behavior in Yemen and in the killing of Khashoggi should certainly give us great pause about the idea of transferring nuclear technology to any Middle Eastern states but certainly to the Saudis.

  • The Saudi agents took a bone saw to the embassy and the embassy staff was sent home. They always intended to kill him.

    • JMAshby

      Probably so but, to be more specific, the Middle East Eye is reporting that they never interrogated him and quickly proceeded to kill him. Turkish sources also say they began to cut up his body while he was still alive.

      Like I said, gruesome.

      Their report feels too extreme to believe, but their previous reports have been correct and MBS seems like the kind of psychopath who would order something like this.

      • Badgerite

        There have always been reports, rumors, about how brutal and sadistic the Saudis authorities could be if you got on their bad side. Torturing family members, even children, in front of parents.
        If the trump people are complicit in letting this happen, I cannot even describe the contempt I hold them in.

      • mnpollio

        Keep in mind that was the “strength” in people disbelieving what the Nazis were doing with the Jews. It all sounded so extreme and absurd, but it was happening. I believe one diplomat at the time kept saying “Can you imagine people calmly and coldly sitting around a table discussing the Final Solution and documenting it? Few people could.” I think we often forget how insidious sadism and brutality are and that they can hide so effectively behind “manners”. And we can count on the fact that Trump and the Republicans care not one whit about this if they can make money off the Saudis by pretending nothing happened.

        • JMAshby

          I am not necessarily skeptical, I’m just cautious. I’m not here to mislead anyone or spread fake news so I usually don’t share stories that are based on just one source of dubious credibility. That goes for everything, not just foreign murder plots.

          In this case, we now have more confirmation.