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Biden’s business-as-usual with MBS after Khashoggi report proves any US admin puts a price tag on its principles

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The United States government recently confirmed reports that the public had long identified as true: That Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, known as MBS, personally ordered the execution of Washington Post writer Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi citizen and US resident.

While his government released the report, President Joe Biden failed to reprimand the crown prince, apparently to maintain relations between the two countries. In essence, Biden has acquiesced to Saudi Arabia’s position it is just too important to be messed with.

For starters, there is already a standard for this case. In 2018, the US applied sanctions, including asset freezes and travel bans, on 17 individuals linked to Khashoggi’s murder.

At the very least, you might expect the same standards should apply to MBS. However, Biden instead has sent a clear message that America’s position on human rights is fundamentally politicized.

Agnes Callamard, special rapporteur on summary executions, who led a UN investigation into Khashoggi’s 2018 murder, was scathing about the decision not to hold MBS accountable when she spoke to reporters in Geneva on Monday.

“It is extremely problematic, in my view, if not dangerous, to acknowledge someone’s culpability and then to tell........

© RT.com

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