I hate to admit this, but I’m not so sure that President Obama, if he was currently serving, would jettison the alleged $400 billion in Saudi revenue on moral grounds, based on the CIA’s belief that Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, Mohammad bin Salman, ordered the murder of Jamal Kashoggi.
Obama would of course talk a different game in public. He would condemn the Saudis with righteous indignation, as any decent head of state would. He would certainly rattle his moral sabre. But I’m not sure that he would reject Saudi investments and/or diplomatically cut ties, certainly in a back-channel sense.
Kay Adams: “Michael, Senators don’t have people killed!” Michael Corleone: “Really? Now who’s being naive, Kay?”
.@Acosta: ”Are you letting the Saudis get away with murder, murdering a journalist?"
— The Situation Room (@CNNSitRoom) November 20, 2018