The Saudis have only themselves to blame



December 14, 2018 - 1:52 PM

For the past month, President Donald Trump and members of his Cabinet have warned members of Congress not to rock the boat too much about Saudi Arabia’s murder and dismemberment of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

On Thursday the Senate disregarded those warnings and passed two important pieces of legislation. The first was a resolution — with no opposition — that places responsibility for Khashoggi’s death squarely on Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The second bill, which passed by a vote of 56 to 41, would cut off all U.S. assistance to the Saudi war in Yemen.

The silver lining here for the Saudis is that these rebukes will not end U.S. support for its war in Yemen. There is no appetite in the House to take up the Yemen legislation. And there are not enough votes in the Senate to overcome a presidential veto.

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