The Hypocrisy Surrounding the Death of Jamal Khashoggi

“Democracy Dies in Darkness.” The Washington Post debuted its grim new slogan in early 2017, not a month after the inauguration of President Trump. T​he same constructive cynicism that generated the Washington Post’s mission statement is what motivated Jamal Khashoggi to flee his homeland of Saudi Arabia and begin writing for the Post in 2017​. Khashoggi was a staunch supporter of democratic values and transparency in his journalistic career, which he exemplified when he condemned human rights violations committed by the kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the crown prince himself,…

Khashoggi, Trump, and Threats to the Press

Few would call President Donald Trump a “friend of the press.” From the advent of the phrase “fake news” to yelling at reporters in press conferences, the president has fostered one of the tensest relationships with the media that America has ever seen. However, this painful association was taken to a new level in the past month with the disappearance and death of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. Khashoggi was a native Saudi, who left his country in 2017 to continue writing in DC and to avoid the suppression of…

The Future of U.S.-Saudi Relations

Saudi Arabia’s leaders are scared — and that’s a problem for the United States. The kingdom is surrounded by instability. To the south, the Houthi rebellion, a local Shiite insurgency, is battling Sunni-led Saudi forces in Yemen. To the north, the Islamic State has targeted Saudi Arabia, calling for an attack on the Saudi royal family. To the east, Saudi troops put down what was seen as an Iranian attempt in 2011 at subversion in Bahrain. Further east, the Saudis are faced with their most feared rival, Shiite-ruled Iran. The Saudis…

The Hypocrisy of the U.S.-Saudi Relationship

Jordanian diplomat Saleh al-Kallab once famously likened the U.S.-Saudi relationship to “a Catholic marriage where you can have no divorce.” The U.S.-Saudi relationship is the epitome of hypocrisy in American foreign policy. While the Saudi government commits heinous crimes against its people and institutes unfair policies, the U.S. is unable to take productive action due to our need for Saudi oil, reliance on our military bases inside their country, and desire for an ally in the region. In President Obama’s official statement regarding King Abdullah’s recent death, he alluded to…