‘Remember Abu Ghraib,’ MbS Tells Biden When Pressed on Khashoggi: Report

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman also reportedly asked Biden what he's "done about Shireen Abu Akleh," the Palestinian-American journalist killed by Israeli forces.

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Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman reportedly told President Joe Biden during their meeting in Jeddah Friday that while the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi is “regrettable,” U.S. hands are not clean and other journalists are killed with impunity.

Bin Salman specifically mentioned the torture scandal at the US military prison at Abu Ghraib, Iraq and the killing of Palestinian-American Al Jazeera reporter Shireen Abu Akleh by Israeli forces in May, according to Al Aribiya, which is owned by the Saudi government.

The de facto Saudi ruler also said that the CIA – which along with other American intelligence agencies concluded that Khashoggi’s gruesome 2018 murder was likely ordered by bin Salman – makes mistakes, as it did when it falsely claimed Iraq had an active weapons of mass destruction program prior to the 2003 U.S.-led invasion and occupation.

“Bin Salman’s smarmy reply underlines the way in which the US government’s lawlessness in misadventures like invading Iraq and its weird commitment to Israeli apartheid practices against the Palestinians undermine its moral standing to argue for ‘a rules-based global order,'” Informed Comment publisher Juan Cole observed. “Almost no one in the US dares say this, but for the rest of the world it is a commonplace insight.”

Cole wrote:

The US government didn’t care about the Israelis assassinating Shireen Abu Akleh, (and many other unlawful killings of Palestinian journalists and just ordinary Palestinian noncombatants) and it does not stop the US from forking over to Israel $4 billion a year in foreign aid, a tax on all Americans in support of Greater Israel expansionism. So why should Biden, bin Salman wants to know, boycott Saudi Arabia over the killing of a single journalist?

Biden has come under fire from progressives for his willingness to sideline Saudi Arabia’s abysmal human rights record and war crimes in Yemen in service of US strategic and energy interests.

Appearing Sunday on ABC‘s “This Week,” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) – who is co-sponsoring a new resolution to end US involvement in the Saudi-led war in Yemen – said he did not think Biden should have visited Saudi Arabia.

“You have a leader of that country who was involved in the murder of a Washington Post journalist,” Sanders said. “I don’t think that that type of government should be rewarded with a visit by the president of the United States.”

“I just don’t believe we should be maintaining a warm relationship with a dictatorship like that,” he added.

Brett Wilkins is is staff writer for Common Dreams. Based in San Francisco, his work covers issues of social justice, human rights and war and peace. This originally appeared at CommonDreams and is reprinted with the author’s permission.

12 thoughts on “‘Remember Abu Ghraib,’ MbS Tells Biden When Pressed on Khashoggi: Report”

      1. Apparently MBS threw it in Biden’s face to get off his high horse since he didn’t do anything about the open Israeli assassination of a journalist.

  1. No need to remember. People are still being tortured in Guantanamo. When the world knows the Bush/Cheney did 9/11 themselves to create casus belli for pre-planned wars. No serious analyst can believe otherwise at this stage.

    1. You get it Jethro, it’s the Joint Chiefs coup moment.

      Dec 20, 2016 General Wesley Clark: Wars Were Planned – Seven Countries In Five Years

      “This is a memo that describes how we’re going to take out seven countries in five years, starting with Iraq, and then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and, finishing off, Iran.” I said, “Is it classified?” He said, “Yes, sir.” I said, “Well, don’t show it to me.” And I saw him a year or so ago, and I said, “You remember that?” He said, “Sir, I didn’t show you that memo! I didn’t show it to you!”


    2. They probably gave Bush something shiny to play with. Just too dumb to take a chance on.

  2. Nov 24, 2018 Khashoggi and the Take Down of MbS – Global Research interviews Whitney Webb

    Whitney Webb believes that outrage over the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi may have less to do with fundamental human rights than with the health of the US military industrial complex, and the denial of windfall profits stemming from Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman’s backtracking on a privatization he proposed several months ago.


    1. I’d say “fundamental human rights” was at the very bottom of a very long list.

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