Oil, Khashoggi, and the Saudi Murder Machine

The murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi has dominated the news headlines. Americans are outraged by this brutal act of murder and dismemberment at the Saudi consulate in Turkey and yet few seem outraged by the government helping the Saudis kill thousands of people in Yemen.

The crimes of the cruel medieval monarchy in Saudi Arabia are permitted and swept under the rug for two simple reasons—first, the desert kingdom has a whole lot of oil, and second it’s strategically located in the Persian Gulf where the US has stationed its Fifth Fleet to counterbalance its enemies, most prominently Iran. This is the dynamic driving what the US will do in response to the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.

Will Trump end the supposedly special relationship with Saudi Arabia? It’s a crucial link in the neoliberal order and a vital component of petrodollar system. Is it possible one dead journalist will endanger the special relationship?


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