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Senate set to vote on competing Saudi Arabia measures; McConnell urges restraint
The Washington Times ^ | December 12, 2018 | Ben Wolfgang

Posted on 12/12/2018 9:27:59 AM PST by jazusamo

With the chamber set to take up two competing measures denouncing Saudi Arabia and its crown prince, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Wednesday morning urged his colleagues to show restraint and embrace a more modest bill that would condemn Riyadh for the killing of a U.S. journalist but wouldn’t formally cut off all backing for Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen.

Speaking on the Senate floor, Mr. McConnell, Kentucky Republican, told fellow senators they should vote against a bipartisan bill that would end all U.S. support for Saudi Arabia’s war against Houthi rebels in Yemen. Instead, he said lawmakers should back a more modest bill put forward by outgoing Republican Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee.

Mr. Corker’s bill would formally declare Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman “responsible” for the October murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, a shocking slaying that drew global condemnation and called into question the decades-long Washington-Riyadh relationship.

The competing bills underscore the difficulty Washington has encountered in striking the right balance of holding Saudi Arabia — and the crown prince in particular — accountable for the unprecedented murder while not upending the sensitive and strategically important U.S.-Saudi relationship.

“Where Saudi Arabia is concerned, I think every single member of this body shares grave concerns about the murder of Jamal Khashoggi and wants accountability,” Mr. McConnell said during his Senate floor speech. “We also want to preserve a 70-year partnership between the United States and Saudi Arabia — and we want to ensure that it continues to serve American interests and stabilizes a dangerous and critical region.”

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: khashoggi; mcconnell; saudiarabia; ussenate
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1 posted on 12/12/2018 9:27:59 AM PST by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo

Your “new” Flimsey Grahamnesty will show you how much he has “changed”.


2 posted on 12/12/2018 9:30:44 AM PST by Lurkinanloomin (Natural Born Citizen Means Born Here of Citizen Parents__Know Islam, No Peace - No Islam, Know Peace)
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To: jazusamo

The Senate bastards ought to be focused upon Iran which has slaughtered our troops in Iraq, our Marines in Lebanon (long ago) etc. etc. I don’t care what Saudis do to Muslim Brotherhood scumbags.... I DO care immensely about what Iran has done to our own people.


3 posted on 12/12/2018 9:40:33 AM PST by Trump_the_Evil_Left (FReeper formerly known as Enchante (registered Sept. 5, 2001), back from the wild....)
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To: jazusamo

” bill that would condemn Riyadh for the killing of a U.S. journalist “


Except the guy was not a journalist and not American. The Washington Times is becoming more and more like the WaPoo.


4 posted on 12/12/2018 9:47:36 AM PST by miniTAX
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To: Trump_the_Evil_Left

Bump!


5 posted on 12/12/2018 9:50:56 AM PST by jazusamo (Have You Donated to Keep Free Republic Up and Running?)
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To: jazusamo

When virtue signaling meets geopolitical reality.

The US Congress sucks at it.

They should follow Trump’s lead here and do nothing.

Nothing.


6 posted on 12/12/2018 9:53:19 AM PST by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: jazusamo

How many times have we heard that the Senate are the “adults in the room” and cool the angry passions of the voters? Here is one case where the voters are much more mature and realistic than the showboats in the Senate. I don’t care if the Crown Prince ordered the murder. Saudi Arabia is way too important of a strategic ally to impose sanctions or any other public punishment.


7 posted on 12/12/2018 9:56:54 AM PST by Opinionated Blowhard (When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.)
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To: Mariner

I couldn’t agree more.

It looks like the senate thinks they have to step in so if they must, just slapping the wrist of the Saudi crown prince would be enough in my view.


8 posted on 12/12/2018 10:05:35 AM PST by jazusamo (Have You Donated to Keep Free Republic Up and Running?)
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To: Opinionated Blowhard

I agree.


9 posted on 12/12/2018 10:06:35 AM PST by jazusamo (Have You Donated to Keep Free Republic Up and Running?)
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To: Lurkinanloomin

Corker wants to slam Saudi Arabia over killing a single Muslim Brotherhood member, but handed billions of dollars and a path to nukes to Iran and its terrorist that haved killed and crippled thousands US civilians and soldiers. Sure appears POS Corker is bought and paid for by the Iranians!


10 posted on 12/12/2018 10:06:53 AM PST by GOPe Means Bend Over Spell Run (Vote Trump - Not Socialism!)
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To: Opinionated Blowhard
I don’t care if the Crown Prince ordered the murder.

Agreed! I wouldn't care if he was in the library, with the bone saw and cut off the dude's nutz.

One muzzie killing another mooselimb is reason to cheer, get him a beer, on me.

Oh, mooselimbs only drink alcohol when out of the kingdom, and never anything as low class as beer...sorry.

11 posted on 12/12/2018 10:08:34 AM PST by USS Alaska (Nuke all mooselimb terrorists, today.)
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To: GOPe Means Bend Over Spell Run

Corker wants to save his Iran Deal by weakening POTUS’s position in the middle east. Corker wants to run out the clock on the lame duck. Etc. These GOPe scum are beneath contempt.


12 posted on 12/12/2018 10:11:12 AM PST by lodi90
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To: GOPe Means Bend Over Spell Run
Corker wants to slam Saudi Arabia over killing a single Muslim Brotherhood member

Corker is a POS and a traitor but here I see him offering more of a token bill than anything substantive, let alone aggressive.

Am I reading it wrong?

13 posted on 12/12/2018 10:12:10 AM PST by Fightin Whitey
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Merry Christmas!

Let's Wrap This Baby Up, Folks!

Please bump the Freepathon or click above to donate or become a monthly donor!

14 posted on 12/12/2018 10:12:32 AM PST by jazusamo (Have You Donated to Keep Free Republic Up and Running?)
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To: jazusamo

I find it comically exasperating. 19 Terrorists murder 3,000 people on 9/11, no big deal. Kill 1 journalist, who was debatably not a good guy, and the media goes bonkers.


15 posted on 12/12/2018 10:16:35 AM PST by Delmarksman (Pro 2A Anglican American (Ford and Chevy kill more people than guns do, lets ban them))
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To: Delmarksman

Yep, the enemedia is going ballistic over the murder of a radical Islamist Saudi citizen and member of the MB in a Saudi embassy in Turkey, you just can’t make this crap up.


16 posted on 12/12/2018 10:24:24 AM PST by jazusamo (Have You Donated to Keep Free Republic Up and Running?)
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To: Mariner

+1


17 posted on 12/12/2018 11:02:14 AM PST by kanawa (Trump Loves a Great Deal)
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To: Fightin Whitey

Corker and his cohorts should lead a fact-finding expedition to The Kingdom to get to the truth of the matter. Like Leo Ryan’s little safari to Guyana.


18 posted on 12/12/2018 11:05:28 AM PST by VietVet876
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To: jazusamo

Total nonsense.

I’d be hard pressed to find a measure that passed concerning the 100 actual journalists that have died in Mexico over the last 18 years.


19 posted on 12/12/2018 11:07:12 AM PST by DoughtyOne (01/26/18 DJIA 30 stocks $26,616.71 48.794% > open 11/07/16 $215.71 frm 50% increase in 1.2183 yrs)
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To: DoughtyOne

That’s an excellent point, my FRiend.

Even the media seem to just give it lip service.


20 posted on 12/12/2018 11:21:12 AM PST by jazusamo (Have You Donated to Keep Free Republic Up and Running?)
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