Saudi prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for five people involved in killing and dismembering journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The Saudis continue to maintain this was a rogue operation. [CNN]
British law forbids the monarch from sitting on a foreign throne.
I really, really want to hate the Queen, but she keeps doing classy stuff like this.
Also: She worked as a mechanic in World War II. And it wasn’t just for show. By all accounts, she was good at it.
And the time she personally drive a Saudi royal around one of her estates, and scared the piss out of him, because women aren’t allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia. I picture her afterwards, alone in the royal apartments with her Corgis, remembering the Saudi prince’s face and laughing her ass off.
The misogynistic, homophobic, terrorism-supporting medieval hereditary religious dictatorship has plans to extend its influence into the 21st Century, even after oil ceases to be all-important. Yipee!
Saudi Arabia Plans $2 Trillion Megafund for Post-Oil Era: Deputy Crown Prince [John Micklethwait, Glen Carey, Alaa Shahine, and Matthew Martin – Bloomberg]
Most of the 9/11 hijackers were Saudis — our allies. The Middle East isn't strategic to America's interests anymore and the less we're involved there the better off we are.
We failed in Lebanon. We failed in Iraq. We're failing in Afghanistan. We failed in Libya. No matter how cold and distant it seems, there's simply no reason for America to expend vast resources on an impossible task urged on us by a bunch of putative allies who are only interested in using us as a mercenary army. We should protect ourselves against the export of terrorism from the region—which might sometimes require a military solution—but that's about it. It's far past time to ratchet down our engagement in the region and let other countries take the lead if they really want to.