The Democratic challenger Joe Biden, who was also VP under Barack Obama, says he will make the Saudis ‘pay the price.’
This is about the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
He also says he will not sell weapons to the Saudis. No no…he says.
“I would make it very clear we were not going to in fact sell more weapons to them,” Biden said.
“We were going to in fact make them pay the price, and make them. in fact, the pariah that they are.”Joe Biden on the Saudis
He blasted the Saudi government with words first, before he become the next President of the U.S.A.
He sees “very little social redeeming value in the present government in Saudi Arabia,” and will “end the sale of material to the Saudis where they’re going in and murdering children.”
The U.S. is supporting the Saudis in the Yemen conflict. President Donald Trump’s foreign policy is to target Iran as an enemy in the Middle East.
This means the U.S. has a great deal of business with the Saudis. The Obama administration was favourable towards Iran and critical of the Saudis.
Obama barely missed a deadline to get the Saudis to pay for the 911 attacks in the U.S. But Trump is not willing to go that road.
Instead, he praises the Saudi Arabian government for making billions of dollar deals with the U.S.
Saudi Arabia bought more than $100 billion in weapons from the U.S. and it will likely have to find a new seller if Biden is president.
The murder of Khashoggi, the Yemen war and the crackdown on dissent in Saudi Arabia will force the Dems to change their view of Riyadh.
How will the Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman take this attack on his country and his family’s leadership?
Fresh from Riyadh is the news King Salman is open to broader peace talks on Yemen.
King Salman also says the oil policy of the Kingdom is aimed at promoting market stability. But foremost, he urged Iran to abandon its expansionist ideology.
He says Iran is harming its own people in the process. A series of secret cables published by The Intercept shows how Iran has conquered Iraq after the U.S. invasion.
It also shows how the U.S. killing of Saddam Husein did not help Washington in its foreign policy in the Middle East. Instead, it acted as an aid to the perceived Iranian expansion.
BERNIE SANDERS: I AM PRO ISRAEL
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders also called Saudi Arabia a “brutal dictatorship.”
He says “what we’ve got to know is that Saudi Arabia is not a reliable ally.” He adds, “We need to be rethinking who our allies are around the world, work with the United Nations, and not continue to support brutal dictatorships.”
But Sanders drew a parallel between Saudi Arabia and Israel.
“It is no longer good enough for us simply to be pro-Israel. I am pro-Israel,” Sanders said. “But we must treat the Palestinian people as well with the respect and dignity that they deserve.”