The U.S. Has To Get Ready for A Future King Mohammed bin Salman

Trump with MbS in March 2017. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

Giorgio Cafiero, Consortium News: The US Should Get Ready for King Mohammed bin Salman

Riyadh finds it outrageous that American lawmakers are trying to meddle in Saudi Arabia’s succession, writes Giorgio Cafiero.

Since the murder of Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2, some American lawmakers have assumed the right and moral authority to dictate the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s succession line-up. In November, Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham accused Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) of being “crazy” and asserted that “he needs to go.” Such rhetoric is significant given that the U.S. has not meddled in the Al Saud family’s internal power struggles since the 1960s. But regardless of the preferences that some politicians in Washington may have regarding Saudi Arabia’s succession, the U.S. will likely have to accept dealing with a King Mohammed.

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WNU Editor: Many in Congress do not like the future King as justifiably so .... Senate rebukes Trump, condemns Saudi crown prince for Khashoggi murder (CNN). But as much as the Congress tries to meddle in Saudi affairs, the relationship continues .... Saudi crown prince holds quiet meeting with head of U.S. Central Command (Washington times).

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