The latest fallout from the disappearance and presumptive murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi could see the Saudis losing their main source of arms. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) says he intends to force a vote on blocking further US arms sales to the Saudi kingdom.
Sen. Paul announced the plan on a local radio show, saying he hopes to force a vote in the Senate by the end of the week which would force a full halt to US arms shipments if there is “any indication” the Saudis are behind killing Khashoggi.
The fate of the journalist, who has been critical of the Saudi crown prince, has been a subject of speculation over the past week, after he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul and was never seen again. His body has not been found, and Turkey has been pressing the Saudis on the investigation.
Saudi warcrimes in Yemen have led to previous votes on cutting Saudi arms sales. Though President Trump has previously opposed such cuts, the fate of the high-profile reporter may be shifting administration attitude on the matter.
6 thoughts on “Sen. Rand Paul Pushes to Halt Saudi Arms Sales Over Journalist’s Disappearance”
US & UK Stop arming Saudi Terrorist Govt & stop the murder of innocent civilians and children in Yemen.. All this being done to get Yemen Oil and put in a pipeline. Shame on you. How about helping the Yemen victims the get food water and medicine that has been blocked from them instead!.
Props to the Senator for finding any little excuse to stop the shipment, but alas he is no match against the MIC and their lobby.
Hey, Trump may sanction Saudi oil exports to zero as well.
Might as well top up the tank now.
Not going to happen. See history on Petrodollar.
Guess what folks… big changes seem impossible until they suddenly happen, then in retrospect it seems obvious and inevitable. It’s not hopeless, there is more than one good man in this country and the Congress, and there are things we can do to help them do the right thing.
Starving children, like the one on the homepage today, couldn’t stop the arms sales, so why would anyone think the possible death of a reporter would? This too shall pass and Trump will keep the arms flowing. It’s good for the economy after all.
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