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Anti-Trump Media Unhinged Over Kashoggi

Anti-Trump Media Unhinged Over Kashoggi
October 23
18:58 2018

Let’s be perfectly clear. What happened in the Saudi consulate in Turkey is a horrendous crime and those responsible need to be brought to justice. Whether this will include Crown Prince Mohamad Bin Salmam is yet to be seen.

The Saudi government is conducting its own investigation and so far, they have claimed that the death of Jamal Kashoggi was inadvertent – the result of a physical confrontation in which he was held in a choke hold. Eighteen Saudis have been arrested in connection with Kashoggi’s death and two top government officials have been fired.

The world community has every right and reason to be suspicious of the Saudi version of events. It is plausible, but not totally credible. It is too obviously self-serving and leaves too many questions unanswered.

Why did a fight ensue? Was their intention to kidnap Kashoggi? Why were 15 individuals dispatched to the consulate to deal with Kashoggi? If it was accidental, why was the body dismembered – assuming that rumor is true – and disposed of secretly? Where is the body or body parts? Surely the Saudis must have that information. And what about that audio tape the Turks claim to possess?

The American media is also investigating Kashoggi’s death, but their unsubstantiated reports are only slightly more credible than the Saudi version of events. Their reports are mostly speculative and too motivated by an overt desire to drag in President Trump as many negative ways as possible. They intentionally provide opportunities for the Democrats and left-wingers to yet again appear before the cameras and microphones to regurgitate their #NeverTrump Resistance Movement themes.

The anti-Trump media has been highly critical of any reports that give the full background on Kashoggi. They claim it devalues Kashoggi as a reporter. It is the critics, however, who are violating journalistic standards by attempting to censor information about his past.

Jamal Kashoggi was a member of a three-generation politically powerful Arab family. His grandfather, Mohammad Kashoggi was the personal physician and advisor to the founder of the House of Saud, King Abdulaziz al Saud. Jamal is the nephew of an arms merchant and one of the most powerful men in the kingdom, the late Adnan Kashoggi.

(on a personal note: During the Reagan administration, I met Adnan Kashoggi at a political dinner. We struck up a friendly conversation. Later, he contacted me to offer a rather substantial commission if I would be the middleman in the sale of a number of gun boats located in South America to be acquired by some folks in the Middle East – but he did not say who or for what. I turned down the offer for several reasons.)

Jamal Kashoggi was not always a journalist. He took up his family’s profession of political influence peddling as a young man. Eventually, he had a falling out with the King and his Court and turned to writing as an expression of dissidence. He was close to Osama Bin Laden until he broke off the relationship after the 9/11 attack. After that, Kashoggi took up the cudgel of a reform writer and activist.

The disinformation emanates from elements in the press who want to maintain a sanitized public image of Kashoggi as a dedicated columnist for the Washington Post. He would be more accurately described as a contributing activist/writer, who maintained his own media network. None of this justifies his murder, but knowledge of his background provides an important perspective on who Kashoggi was and why he might have been targeted.

The more credible investigation is in the hands of the Turkish government. The crime was committed on their soil. According to unsubstantiated reports, the Turks have audio evidence of the murder that is a departure from the Saudi version. They have not yet shared that evidence with the United States or any other nation.

Trump has taken the correct position on the issue at this time. He has repeatedly stated that the death of Kashoggi is a serious matter and that when it is established who was responsible, the United States will take appropriate action. He wants to see the results of the various investigations before committing the United States to any specific course of action – just as we should want. The press, on the other hand, is demanding is a rush to judgment. They seem more eager to compromise Trump than to find out the facts.

We cannot, however, allow the “appropriate response” to be the fall of the House of Saud or we will turn a less-than-admirable ally into another Iran-style adversary. There are powerful Al Qaeda insurgent groups in Saudi Arabia ready and eager to take over with the help of Iran and Russia.

The media has used the Kashoggi murder to go off on Trump in every conceivable direction. They have twisted his properly prudent approach to imply general disinterest, disregard for journalists’ lives and an unholy alliance with the Saudi royal family.

It goes far beyond Trump’s handling of the events in Turkey. They have rolled the Kashoggi murder into their favorite bogus issue — the Emoluments Clause that prohibits financial gifts from foreign interests. And that “naturally” leads the talk of impeachment.

One has to spend time checking out the BIG SEVEN of the anti-Trump news media to appreciate just how far off the road of reality, factuality and rationality, the elitist press has traveled to get to impeachment through a totally unrelated issue.

To give breath to their narrative that Trump is in the pocket of the Saudi royals – and that is what the Demcorats and the press are actually saying – they note that as a business man in need of some funding, Trump sold his humongous yacht to a Saudi for the fair market value of $22 million. It was a very big yacht. This transaction took place in 1991 – 27 years ago. The point to a Saudi purchase of space in Trump Tower in New York at fair market value in 2001 – 17 years ago.

Trump built a huge real estate empire across the world. If you were to try to find a nation that had no investors or no interest in Trump properties, you would probably be looking at the fictional Duchy of Grand Fenwick.

In an effort to make the story more contemporary, left-wing Democrats and their allies in the press point to Saudi delegations staying at Trump hotels in New York, Washington and Chicago as a violation of the Emoluments Clause. That is utter nonsense. That provision in the Constitution was intended to address financial or other valuables given as GRATUITOUS gifts to a President for nothing more than to curry favor – more commonly known as bribes.

There is no violation of the Emoluments Clause when there is a normal business transaction at regular rates. In fact, those who drafted the Emoluments Clause and became presidents also maintained their private incomes as farmers – tobacco growers. Some of that tobacco went overseas – purchased by foreigners.

The murder of Jamal Kashoggi has nothing to do with long-ago Trump business interests or the guest register at Trump hotels. It has nothing to do with the Emoluments Clause. It has nothing to do with the silly talk of impeachment. It has nothing to do with sun-in-law Jared Kushner. The efforts to connect the Kashoggi murder and the decades-old sale of a yacht shows just how far the media will travel from journalistic standards and ethics to bring down the Trump presidency.

So. There it ‘tis.

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Larry Horist

Larry Horist

Larry Horist is a conservative activist with an extensive background in economics, public policy and politics. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman, as well as the White House. He has testified as an expert witness before legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress, and lectured at major colleges and universities. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He can be reached at lph@thomasandjoyce.com.

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5 Comments

  1. Gumption
    Gumption October 24, 19:46

    Please remove me from your mailing list.

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  2. Sunshine
    Sunshine October 24, 19:50

    Thank you for providing the brief historical context to this situation. It might seem more advantageous to Russia and Iran for President Trump to be blamed for this and create the fall of the House of Saud. For then their minions could replace the House of Saud. We would have another Iraq.

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  3. Bruno MT
    Bruno MT October 24, 21:14

    It’s the 5th Estate keeping this alive for protection (see how poweful we are in manipulating public opinion? DON’T TOUCH A HAIR ON OUR HEAD OR YOU’LL GET THE SAME NEGATIVE PUBLICITY FROM US). Nothing about the Crown Prince seizing all power by keeping daddy King in complete isolation.

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  4. Doug
    Doug October 25, 01:07

    The bigger picture is missing above. The disappearance of Kashoggi in a hostile country has nothing to do with the U.S. He was a Muslim Brotherhood sycophant who decided to tick off the Muslim Brotherhood-hating Saudi regime. So what if the Saudis took him out? They’ve no doubt taken out others; such life transactions are part and parcel of radical Islam.

    The press and other Donks didn’t go ballistic when Russians offered British citizens with poison, did they? They didn’t even show indignation when radical Islamists committed mass murder repeatedly in Paris, Britain and elsewhere, where the victims were friends of the U.S., as opposed to Muslim Brotherhood-slurping Kashoggi.

    The fact is that the not-see left outright hates anyone sympathetic to Jews and Christians (think Israel and U.S.), and the new Saudi regime has been cooperating with Israel. The left hated Hosni Mubarak just as much for reinforcing peace with Israel, and Obama joined other leftwits in driving him out of power. Did they display the least indignation about Castro’s or Chavez’s atrocities? That would’ve been a sight to see. A chastened Moammar Gaddafi declined to strive hard enough to damage or defeat Israel, so the worldwide left — led by Obama — tortured him to death and gave control of Libya to the Muslim Brotherhood.

    Kashoggi was no journalist and no reformer. That’s just a press lie. Being given space in the WashPost to vent his impudence and imagined grievances didn’t provide any platform to demonstrate any value for the U.S. Trump & Co. should go on the offensive by calling Kashoggi an unfortunate casualty in the realm of corrupt world politics but not anyone the U.S. has a formal attachment to. Then Trump & Co. should repeatedly demand the same treatment of the Castros, Chavez/Maduro, Vietnam, South Africa, Mexico’s corrupt leadership and other international miscreants that the left is demanding from the Saudis. Trump should also keep hammering at the jihad-slurpers for their intentional betrayal of America.

    This ain’t rocket science.

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