Seventeen days after Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi entered the Saudi Arabian consulate and never returned, the government of Saudi Arabia finally admitted (part of) the obvious today: Khashoggi was killed while inside the consulate. Of course the Saudis put their own spin on it, suggesting that Khashoggi died as a result of some kind of “fight.” This prompted White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders to spring into action.
The Saudis are trying to sell us on the notion that Jamal Khashoggi simply got into some kind of random physical altercation while inside the consulate, and that he died in the process. This makes zero sense, of course. No one goes into a building to try to get legal documents squared away for his marriage, while his fiancée is sitting in the car outside, and decides to get into a random fistfight instead. Nor would anyone seek out a random fistfight with a fifteen member hit squad armed with a bone saw.
But that hasn’t stopped Sarah Huckabee Sanders from toeing the Saudi line. She released a statement tonight which insisted that the “investigation into the fate of Jamal Khashoggi is progressing” and that “we are saddened to hear confirmation of Mr. Khashoggi’s death.” Oh come on. This is beyond insulting. This isn’t about his “fate” or his “death” – it’s about his murder.
The Trump regime still can’t bring itself to use that word, because Donald Trump is a Saudi puppet who is afraid to say anything that might offend his Saudi overlords. Sarah Huckabee Sanders is simply embarrassing herself by playing along with this charade. Wasn’t she supposed to have resigned by now?
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report