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Tue Dec 4, 2018, 09:36 AM

Graham on Senate rebuke of Saudi Arabia: 'Someone's got to do it'

By CAITLIN OPRYSKO 12/04/2018 08:04 AM EST

Sen. Lindsey Graham on Wednesday championed the Senate's willingness to publicly rebuke the Saudi Arabian government despite the White House's unwillingness to do the same, slamming the Gulf monarchy and calling out Secretary of State Mike Pompeo by name for accusing senators of grandstanding on the issue.

Graham (R-S.C.), a fierce ally of President Donald Trump’s, voted in favor of advancing a resolution last week that would end U.S. support for Saudi Arabia's invovlement in the civil war in Yemen, despite Pompeo’s warning against the measure, writing in The Wall Street Journal that “it is important for Congress to signal that there is no excuse for recent Saudi behavior.”

“It is wrong to suggest that maintaining U.S. alliances consists of mutually exclusive choices between power and principles,” Graham said, citing the recent murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside a Saudi consulate, arguing that “extrajudicial killing of a journalist in a diplomatic facility is nothing if not uncivilized.”

Beyond the war in Yemen, in which the Saudi military has been accused of killing civilians, Graham criticized Saudi Arabia’s blockade of Qatar last year and its attempts to remove Lebanon’s prime minister, noting that despite maneuvers, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has been hailed as a stabilizing force in the kingdom.


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Tue Dec 4, 2018, 09:51 AM

1. Windsock Says What?

He keeps trying to walk on both sides of the street, he's eventually going to get hit by a cab as he's crossing over.

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