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Bernie Sanders on Saudi Arabia: US Can't Have an "Ally That Murders in Cold Blood"
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=48662"><span class="small">Tim Marcin, Newsweek</span></a>   
Friday, 19 October 2018 12:46

Marcin writes: "Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders on Thursday called for a re-evaluation of the U.S.'s relationship with Saudi Arabia after the nation, as he described it, carried out a murder of a journalist 'in cold blood' in their consulate in Istanbul."

Senator Bernie Sanders. (photo: Getty)
Senator Bernie Sanders. (photo: Getty)

Bernie Sanders on Saudi Arabia: US Can't Have an "Ally That Murders in Cold Blood"

By Tim Marcin, Newsweek

19 October 18


ermont Senator Bernie Sanders on Thursday called for a re-evaluation of the U.S.'s relationship with Saudi Arabia after the nation, as he described it, carried out a murder of a journalist "in cold blood" in their consulate in Istanbul.

That was, of course, a reference to Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, who was apparently murdered by Saudi officials, Turkish intelligence has suggested. Saudi authorities and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman have denied the country's involvement—but one of the leader's aides has been identified as a suspect at the scene, as were at least three of his security detail, reported The New York Times.

"I have long been troubled by the nature of the relationship between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia," Sanders said in a video posted to Twitter. "And in light of the likely Saudi murder of critic Jamal Khashoggi, I think it is time for us to thoroughly re-evaluate that relationship. Saudi Arabia is, and has always been, a despotic dictatorship in which dissent is not tolerated, in which women are considered third-class citizens and which has spent the last several decades exporting an extreme form of Islam, Wahhabism, around the world."

Later in the video Sanders added, "We cannot have an ally who murders in cold blood, in their own consulate, a critic, a dissident. That is unacceptable by any government, but especially by one so closely supported by the United States."

Much of the video from Sanders also focused on the ongoing crisis in Yemen. The senator said Saudis are currently "devastating" Yemen with a "catastrophic war" with U.S. support. The senator called it a war that has caused a humanitarian disaster.

Sanders further suggested that the U.S. should be throwing its full weight behind the Saudis when it comes to their long-running tensions with Iran.

"The United States must play a much more even-handed role in the region to bring some level of understanding and cooperation in that part of the world rather than supporting conflict between the Saudis and Iranians, a conflict which serves no one's interests except for arms manufacturers," Sanders said in the video.

President Donald Trump had previously floated the theory that there were "rogue killers" with regard to Khashoggi's apparent death, which Sanders slammed as provided deniability to the Saudis.

Later Thursday, Trump said it seemed like Khashoggi had died and promised consequences should Saudi authorities be connected to the murder, via the Associated Press.

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+28 # Moxa 2018-10-19 14:00
I've said it before and I'll keep saying it, Bernie Sanders is the only person worthy of becoming the next president. If you think there is anyone else, please let me know what flavor of Kool-Aid you've been drinking.

(I assume that's a typo in the 4th to last paragraph where it says "the U.S. should be throwing its full weight behind the Saudis..." and that there should be a "not" in there. Otherwise it contradicts the entire rest of the article.)

The thing about Bernie is this. The U.S. government works on the basis of lies, disinformation, agendas favoring the rich and powerful while proclaiming to be for the people or to support some altruistic goal. Bernie, on the other hand, is honest and truly moral in character. The issues that Bernie fights for: economic justice, peaceful relations between races and countries, environmental problems, for example, are not even on the radar screen of most politicians. He is living in a different world, speaking what is to them an alien language they do not know or care to learn. That is why the simplest moral argument, that any 6-year old child would be quick to grasp, seems to have no intellectual or emotional impact on so many in power. "Should we save the planet or not?" or: "Is it okay to bomb countries that have never done anything to us and pose absolutely no threat to us?" are questions answered incorrectly by so many politicians that you know this is a kind of endemic moral derangement we must somehow defeat.
+1 # tclose 2018-10-20 08:53
Yes, the 4th to last para clearly has a typo - good catch.
+3 # indian weaving 2018-10-19 14:06
Don't be silly, Bernie. The USA and SA / most all allies (read: Europe / Australia / etc.) have been murdering millions in cold blood for years, witness Yemen as starters... Good luck with your rant. We The People have no more time for any rants, only action and it's also a bit late for that, until we pass Nov. 6th and see what's up.
+12 # indian weaving 2018-10-19 15:53
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, the USA is torturing innocent people worldwide besides Guantanamo, and has for years now, in various black holes which is what the USA has become.
+21 # tedrey 2018-10-19 16:14
Again and again Bernie Sanders speaks to the American people on the problems we face and their posssible solutions with a frequency and a cogency that no other statesman, and certainly not the man currently playing the role of a president, has shown.
+31 # BetaTheta 2018-10-19 17:50
Trump's recent recitation, in the presence of a smirking MSB, says it all. He merely listed the billions of dollars of military equipment the Saudis order, as if that justifies everything. Moral bankruptcy.
+19 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-10-19 18:57
I wonder if Sanders even knows that the US murders people all the time. The Drone program is an assassination program. The CIA develops a list of people like Khoshoggi that they do not want alive any more. Then the presidents signs a death warrant and the drone go looking for the guy. He is murdered along with any others who happen to be near.

Obama's murder of Anwar al Awlaki was particularly gruesome because he was an American citizen and worked for the government right after 9-11 to help mend the rift between Muslims and the US Gov. Then Obama killed his 16 year old son because the son was saying Obama killed his dad. The son was blown up while eating in a restaurant. The others in the restaurant were killed as well.

Taking out enemies is what empires do. They do it all the time. Empires always consider themselves above all laws.

I would hope if Sanders became president and the CIA told him he needed to kill someone, he'd tell the CIA that those days are over.
+7 # BetaTheta 2018-10-20 10:11
Sanders is not so naive as to be unaware of all this. And yes, it is ALL empires, including the Russian one, which is not as powerful as previously, but still very dangerous to anyone standing in the way.
+10 # lfeuille 2018-10-19 23:32
Bernie and a handful of others in the house and senate have been trying to get arms sales to Saudi Arabia stopped for some time to end the carnage in Yemen but they just haven't been able to get enough support to win. They are using this incident to attempt to do what they could not do before. It still might not work, put it is generating a lot more press than the war on Yemen ever did so they have to try. It would be negligent not to try everything possible to take away Saudi Arabia's arms.
+1 # Stilldreamin1 2018-10-20 06:50
The word 'not' was left out of the paragraph 4th from the bottom.
+4 # wrknight 2018-10-20 08:12
Compared with the US, the Saudis are true amateurs. They might do it one or two at a time, we do it by the hundreds and thousands.
-2 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-10-20 08:25
I recently read that Putin made a reference in a speech that ISIS in the areas of Syria that are controlled by the US is holding about 700 hostages. ISIS has made demands and they are killing 10 people per day until their demands are met. The hostages include citizens of the US and European nations.

The US knows this. The US is protecting ISIS. That's why the US controls this territory. There are about 1 to 2 thousand marines and special forces in this area and they provide a safe sanctuary for ISIS.

Why is there almost NO news coverage of this? Is it just too embarrassing for the US to be protecting head-choppers who have US citizens as hostages and it is rather obvious that the US military has made the choice to protect ISIS and not American citizens.

I wonder what Sanders would think about this? ISIS are clearly "rogue killers," only the fact that they are protected by US special forces and marines hardly makes them "rogue."
0 # BetaTheta 2018-10-20 10:17
Mr. Putin's hands are just as bloody as Obama's, MBS's, and virtually all other world leaders who "project power." Your statements would have a lot more objectivity and credibility if you acknowledged this.
+2 # maindrains 2018-10-20 14:35
Why was ther no similar diplomatic outcry over Israel "murdering Palestinians in cold blood"? The Saudis are big buddies of Israel; know a place by the company they keep.
+1 # Anne Frank 2018-10-20 15:12
"We cannot have an ally who murders in cold blood?" What about the hundreds of unarmed, nonviolent Palestinian protestors in Gaza, including babies, children, nurses, and journalists? Sanders' silence reveals his racist hypocrisy.
+1 # randrjwr 2018-10-21 12:33
By the criterion set forth in the title of this article, NO NATION ON EARTH should have US for a ally. Wipe the fog off the mirror, Bernie.