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America stands idle while ally tortures, kills journalist

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Jamal Khashoggi was strapped to a table and dismembered alive by Saudi Arabian henchmen on Oct. 2. His pain and bloodcurdling screams were broadcast to the outside world on his Apple Watch for the seven minutes it took to kill him.

The next day, on Oct. 3, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley privately drafted her resignation letter. Six days later, on Oct. 9, she submitted it to a stunned public with no plausible explanation offered for her sudden departure.

It was not until Oct. 12, a full 10 days later after the brutal killing, that the world began to even learn of Khashoggi’s disappearance. It would take almost another full week after that for details of the gruesome ambush assassination to publicly emerge.

What is clear is that the American government certainly knew of Khashoggi’s killing before the public knew, and most certainly the plan in advance of the murder itself. Yet the past two weeks have seen nothing less than an absurd, obsequious public cover up, from the president of the United States himself and top cabinet members for this gruesome ambush by the Saudi Arabian government of somebody Trump was certainly familiar with.

Pat Robertson of the evangelical community has told his flock the Trump talking points that this man’s life and extrajudicial torture and assassination should not matter to us. That $100 billion sale is on the table in weaponry that the Saudis need to kill the Yemeni people, and as seems to be the new reality in Gotham, who could possibly know the truth anyway? Who could know the TRUTH? Are you kidding?

The worst part of what is happening is not Donald Trump. It is trying to understand the millions of Americans enabling this. The people who would send the same people back to let this continue simply because they are not Democrats while screaming about tyranny, the swamp and claiming some Orwellian moral high ground.

Is this really what has become of America today?

Bill Fenner

Elm City

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