If you haven’t been following the story of Jamal Khashoggi, a journalist critical of the Saudi government who was seen entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, but not exiting it, you should be.
Saudi Arabia is a tight ally of the US. Despite the money that flows from the kingdom to enemies of the US, despite public beheadings, and torture, and rampant Islamic extremism, we are tight allies. And our weapons manufacturers sell lots of guns, and jets, and bombs, and God only knows what else to Riyahd.
Senator Rand Paul increased U.S. congressional pressure on Saudi Arabia by saying he’d seek to block future arms sales to the country after reports that a journalist was murdered inside the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul for criticizing the royal family.
Paul, a Kentucky Republican, said Tuesday he would force a vote to reject sales the next time the U.S. government informs lawmakers of a planned shipment, a response to the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was last seen entering the consulate.