Foreign Policy

“What we want to believe”

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Media outlets from the Middle East to Europe have continued to publish disturbing and damning details about the murder of Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi that make the Saudi explanation for the event look like bullshit, so where does the Trump regime currently stand?

The closest thing we have to an ambassador to Saudi Arabia is Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner and he says they're still trying to decide what the official story will be.

“Every day we deal with people who are trying to deceive us in different ways,” Mr. Kushner said during a CNN forum in Manhattan. “But our job is to see through it, but also to stay focused on what’s best for the American people.” [...]

“We’re getting facts in from multiple places,” he said. “Once those facts come in, the secretary of state will work with our national security team to help us determine what we want to believe.

In other words, once the facts come in, they'll decide which facts should be made public and which are too inconvenient for our financial relationship with the Saudis.

It's not a conspiracy theory if they say it out loud.

  • Draxiar

    “Which facts we want to believe”…that’s the foundation of the trump cult right there.

  • Aynwrong

    Everyone should be horrified by what happened to Jamal Khashoggi. A man was murdered and forever stolen from his friends, colleagues and loved ones because he displeased a feckless monster.

    Everyone should also keep in mind that the party that allows America’s feckless monster to treat this murder as nothing more significant than a balance on an invoice is the same that justified an entire military invasion by claiming America’s role in the world must be a moral one and spent eight years accusing Barack Obama of “leading from behind.” Which is a meaningless phrase.

    • Trump isn’t leading from behind himself. He’s leading from the bottom, straight down to Hell.

  • muselet

    This is a good example of why Jared Kushner isn’t allowed to say much.

    First, he just said the quiet part loud (oops). And second, everyone knows he’s pals with Mohammed bin Salman, so he’s not exactly a disinterested observer; what would sound like infelicitous phrasing from someone else comes across as an open admission that that fix is in.

    I might find this aspect of the story somewhat amusing if Jamal Khashoggi hadn’t been slaughtered by the Crown Prince’s thugs.


  • Georgie

    This is what they believe: “A globalist is a person who wants the globe to do well, frankly not
    caring so much about our country… I’m a nationalist,” President Trump
    said at a rally in Houston.

    • Badgerite

      He’s a traitor and a stooge, it seems, to every foreign dictator on the planet.