Biden Breaks Campaign Promise Re: Khashoggi Murder
Biden Breaks Campaign Promise Re: Khashoggi Murder
Welcome to the United States of Hypocrisy, proudly brought to you by President Joe Biden. In 2019, Biden stood on the stage for a presidential debate and promised to hold Saudi Arabia responsible for the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. Now that he’s sitting in the Oval Office, Biden has done a 180. saying it will be too costly to the United States to live up to his campaign promise.
Thanks to Biden, yet again another Democratic fairy tale promise has been shattered.
“I would make it very clear. . .we were going, in fact, to make them pay the price and make them, in fact, the pariah that they are.”
What a difference 15 months make. We’ve gone from holding the Saudi prince responsible for the death of Khashoggi, a U. S. resident to tap dancing around the issue, claiming it will be bad for the country to take any substantive action against the Saudis.
President Biden has decided that the diplomatic cost of directly penalizing Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, is too high, according to senior administration officials, despite a detailed American intelligence finding that he directly approved the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, the dissident and Washington Post columnist who was drugged and dismembered in October 2018.
And how does the Administration justify this change in course? First by letting the media handle it for them. The NYT article quoted above called it “a telling indication of how his more cautious instincts kicked in.” Possibly, but we have to remember Biden wasn’t new to politics on the national and international levels. He was vice-president. He was a senator for many years prior to that. So, if any of the candidates on the stage when he said he would make the Saudis pay knew the cost of doing so, it should have been him. That begs the question: was he lying to the American public then or is he lying now?
You can probably guess my thoughts on the matter.
Even as a number of organizations are asking Biden to at least impose the same sanctions against Prince Mohammed that Trump did against others involved in the killing, the current Administration made sure it took steps to avoid the issue. Oh, they’ll give the prince a slap on the wrist. He won’t be “invited” to visit our country “anytime soon” and there will be a “series of new actions on lower-level officials intended to penalize elite elements of the Saudi military and impose new deterrents to human rights abuses.”
And I know of some swamp land that will make a really good investment.
How in the hell can Biden and those advising him sleep at night when they are not only condoning murder by their inaction but an attack on the freedom of the press. Oh, wait, they don’t care about that because the press is firmly in the pockets of the Dems right now. Freedom isn’t needed when the press is just a mouthpiece of the politburo.
Not than any of this should surprise us. Remember how Biden played up his distain and distaste for Trump during the campaign?
I just don’t know why this administration seems to feel the need to coddle autocrats and dictators from Putin to Kim Jong Un to you know Duterte. I don’t understand it. . . .”
After pointing out Khashoggi might not have been an American citizen but that he was a resident, Biden went on to say:
This is as close as you can get to citizenship. He lived here and the idea that we would not take retaliation against them is ridiculous.”
So what changed? What made it no longer ridiculous to avoid retaliation against those responsible for Khashoggi’s murder?
Of course, the fact Biden is now the one coddling an autocrat shouldn’t be surprising. After all, he had this to say about good ole Justin Trudeau a mere three days ago.
When I met with Prime Minister @JustinTrudeau in 2016, I said the world needed more leaders like him. A lot has changed since then, but my sentiment remains the same. I can’t wait to see what we accomplish in the years ahead. pic.twitter.com/jRJH7fpm2R
— President Biden (@POTUS) February 24, 2021
We need more leaders like Trudeau? We need more leaders who show they have questionable ethics by violating conflict of interest rules? Or how about his issues of “cultural appropriation” in India or the images of him in blackface not once, not twice but three times? Or maybe Biden likes Trudeau and thinks we need more leaders like him because of the groping allegations. The list goes on.
So I guess we shouldn’t be surprised when Biden suddenly decides the best way to deal with a foreign dignitary involved in the murder of a U. S. resident is to make sure he isn’t “invited” to the States in the near future. Of course, he can hide behind Secretary of State Antony Blinken who “announced visa restrictions that affected 76 Saudis involved in harassing activists and journalists, he didn’t announce measures that touch the prince.”
It’s too bad the President isn’t as worried about what is happening here domestically. While he’s busy making sure he takes credit for anything and everything to do with the Covid vaccines, he continues to ignore how members of his own party and the technocrats supporting it are busy clamping down on freedom of expression. He’s turned a blind eye to the different ways members of his own party are treating the rioters from last summer vs. the January 6th protestors. Apparently, the Democrats are not only okay with there being a double-standard but they actively, gleefully embrace it.
As scary as all that is, perhaps this is even scarier. Not only the reality of the situation but the fact the media has not noted or questioned the danger it presents. In describing a conversation between Biden and the Saudi king, the NYT printed this: “It was unclear to administration officials how much he absorbed as Mr. Biden talked about a ‘recalibration’ of the relationship with the United States.”
We have a president with questions already arising about his mental fitness to hold office negotiating with another head of state who also might not be mentally fit. Biden hasn’t been in office more than six weeks and he’s already breaking campaign promises. Worse, he is ruling by executive order. If that’s not bad enough, he has Harris and Pelosi waiting in the wings, all but rubbing their hands together in anticipation for the day when they get to move up the chain of command.
Heaven help our Republic.