Good day for the Saudis

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The Biden Administration seriously offended the Saudi Arabian government last month by reconsidering our relationship with this strategic ally in the Middle East.

WASHINGTON — President Biden is reconsidering the US relationship with Saudi Arabia after the Riyadh-led OPEC+ cartel announced last week it will slash oil production by a total of 2 million barrels per day beginning next month. NY POST

The US and the Middle Eastern nation have long been strategic partners, with Saudi Arabia America’s third-leading source of imported oil, according to the State Department. But that relationship could change after last week’s OPEC move, National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said Tuesday.

“I think the president’s been very clear that this is a relationship that we need to continue to re-evaluate, that we need to be willing to revisit,” Kirby told CNN. “And certainly in light of the OPEC decision, I think that’s where he is.”

As the Administration is being given the middle finger by everyone involve in oil and gas production in the US for his insane cancelling of the XL pipeline, offshore oil exploration and natural gas fracking he REALLY needs OPEC+ to send him more oil. Especially as we’re exporting a LOT of our natural gas (seriously, what type of clown world are we living in?)

So it looks like we have performed a quid pro quo for the Saudis.

From Wikipedia:

On 2 October 2018, Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi dissident journalist was assassinated by agents of the Saudi government at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey. Khashoggi was ambushed and strangled by a 15-member squad of Saudi assassins. His body was dismembered and disposed of. Khashoggi’s final moments were captured in audio recordings, transcripts of which were subsequently made public.

The Saudi government engaged in an extensive effort to cover up the killing, including destroying evidence. By 16 October, separate investigations by Turkish officials and The New York Times had concluded that the murder was premeditated and that some members of the Saudi hit team were closely connected to Mohammed bin Salman, the crown prince of Saudi Arabia.

After repeatedly shifting its account of what happened to Khashoggi in the days following the killing, the Saudi government admitted on 25 October that he had been killed in a premeditated murder, but denied that the killing took place on the orders of bin Salman. Bin Salman said he accepted responsibility for the killing “because it happened under my watch” but asserted that he did not order it.

Yesterday, Saudi Arabia and other OPEC nations are reportedly considering increasing their oil production just days after Biden announced that he would grant immunity to Saudi Crown Prince and Prime Minister Mohammed bin Salman for his alleged role in the brutal murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

A production increase of up to 500,000 barrels a day is now under discussion for OPEC’s December 4 meeting, delegates said, according to the Wall Street Journal.

While it is not uncommon for sovereign immunity to be awarded to heads of states from lawsuits filed against them, such as in the death of Jamal Khashogg and granting sovereign immunity to Mohammed bin Salman is in keeping with the practice and custom of lawsuits involving foreign heads of state, the optics are terrible. It looks craven and pathetic. The journalist was American. Biden was just doing what he does best – leaving people to be murdered in the Middle East without any consequences.

And in amazingly good news for the Saudis!

Even if you don’t follow The Beautiful game aka football aka soccer you could well have heard the name Lionel Messi. He is widely held to be the greatest footballer of our time – possibly all time.

He plays for Argentina, a national team that’s reached the World Cup final five times, won it twice and hadn’t been beaten in 36 international games.

Until yesterday. When the Saudi national team beat them. Like I said, it was a good day for the Saudis. A bad day for justice. And a terrible day for Argentina!