The site said “Middle East EyeA number of senior advisers to US President Joseph Biden have ties to the British state UAE. They contributed to the evasion of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman from sanctions for his involvement in the killing of the journalist. The Saudi resident in the United States, Jamal Khashoggi.
Advice to the American President
The site published an article by David Hearst, in which he asked who advised President Biden that the Saudi crown prince could not be punished. Despite the assessment of the CIA. He was the one who agreed to arrest or kill the Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
He said that we do not know who are the elements involved in making this decision, and we are not able to determine the discussion that took place. However, some of the pieces are enough to dismantle the puzzle.
He referred to the report of the “New York Times” correspondent for White House and National Security Affairs David Sanger in which he said. The decision not to punish the crown prince came after weeks of internal debate. Biden’s recently formed National Security Team advised him that “there is no way to prevent the heir to the Saudi throne from entering the United States or bringing criminal charges against him. Without causing much harm to the relationship with one of the most important allies of the United States in the Arab world.
Who are the main players?
The author wondered about the main players that most likely played a role in determining Biden’s Middle East policy.
The first of these is Brett McGurk, who was recently appointed Middle East and North Africa Coordinator at the National Security Council. He is a veteran diplomat who has served in the administrations of George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Donald Trump. His last position was the Special Presidential Envoy for the International Coalition against ISIS from 2015 to 2018.
McGirk worked closely with the Saudis to influence the Iraqi elections that took place in May 2018. He then sought, unsuccessfully, to build a coalition that would serve US and Saudi interests to reinstall Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi.
Nine days before the inauguration of the new government headed by Adel Abdul Mahdi, McGirk traveled to Riyadh on October 2, 2018. The day the murder of Jamal Khashoggi was committed inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
Although President Biden, the future president, was shocked by the crime, McGuirek handled the situation as if nothing had happened. On his visit, he met with Saudi Foreign Minister at the time, Adel Al-Jubeir.
A week later, former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Riyadh to discuss reports about Khashoggi’s disappearance, and Saudi Arabia was still claiming that the journalist left the consulate alive.
One hundred million dollars to America for Syria
On that visit, Saudi Arabia pledged to Pompeo to provide 100 million dollars to support US operations in northern Syria, in what was considered at the time a potential payment.
Riyadh has been seeking Trump’s help in containing backlash to allegations that Saudi agents were behind Khashoggi’s disappearance.
On that visit, McGirk was tasked with denying any connection between Pompeo’s arrival and the “blood money” that Riyadh had just paid.
“We were constantly expecting to complete the procedures for submitting this contribution at some point in the fall,” said McGirk in a statement.
He added, “The process of transferring the funds in particular was ongoing and had nothing to do with any other events nor the visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs.” McGirk did not mention Khashoggi’s killing, only saying another incident.
According to the article, in any case, McGirk did not hide his close ties to Riyadh and Abu Dhabi, as he was posting tweets on Twitter about his meetings with officials in them. He boasts of those ties when he secretly communicates with Iraqi politicians.
The writer added, “In an effort to persuade Sunni politicians in Iraq to support Abadi, McGirk has indicated to them the possibility of arranging personal meetings with the Saudi crown prince.”
Khamis al-Khanjar, who for years has been a mediator between Washington and Sunni tribal leaders, said in an interview with Middle East Eye last year. Until McGeark “tried to entice us and promised us things in exchange for Abadi’s support.
He added, “He once told me: We will go, you and I, to attend a private meeting with Mohammed bin Salman, and I will push for the Saudis to open up to you.”
Feelings and mutual affection
The friendliness between McGurk and the young prince was mutual, Hearst says. Mohammed bin Salman ordered his aides to “take care of him.” According to a Saudi source well aware of the details of the contacts that the entourage close to Mohammed bin Salman makes with foreign figures.
At the same time, McGurk’s relations were clear with the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Mohammed bin Zayed, the mentor of the Saudi prince and the author of the plan to normalize relations with Israel.
In February of 2018 McGirk tweeted: “Earlier today in Abu Dhabi I had detailed talks. With Mohammed bin Zayed about the results of the Kuwait meetings and the next phase of the coalition campaign against the “state” organization.
According to the writer, I thanked the United Arab Emirates for its early and generous support for efforts to restore stability to the areas liberated from the grip of “state” terrorists.
McGirk praised Mohammed bin Zayed to this day. In a statement to the “New York Times” magazine, which published a dossier on Mohammed bin Zayed, he said that he was initially skeptical of Mohammed bin Zayed’s assessment of the dangers of the Muslim Brotherhood and political Islam.
“I was skeptical at first,” he said. “It sounded like an extreme one.” But I reached the conclusion that he was more right than he was wrong.
McGirk has also established strong ties with the brother of Mohammed bin Zayed Tahnoun bin Zayed, the National Security Adviser of the United Arab Emirates, and with Yousef Al-OtaibaAmbassador of the United Arab Emirates to the United States.
Through them, he was able to obtain tens of millions of dollars to support US projects in northeastern Syria.
McGurk’s relationship with the United Arab Emirates did not end when he left his government job in protest of Trump’s decision to withdraw troops from Syria in December 2018.
The article added, “We have to note that what prompted him to resign was related to Trump and not to the murder of Khashoggi.”
McGirk and Primer Inc.
In April 2020, McGirk joined Primer, a San Francisco-based security information company.
On its website, Braemer described McGirk as an independent board member who brings with him “a new spirit of expertise on the battlefields of the Middle East and the Oval Office.” “Crisis rooms and negotiating tables with America’s closest allies and with its staunch enemies at the same time.”
The article continued: “This is a well-known and proven thing in dealing with former members of American administrations. “Those who join, after leaving their posts, to companies directly or indirectly related to the Emirates.”
According to the article: “In November of 2018, the Primer Company raised $ 40 million from investors. Among these investors was the Mubadala Investment Company. It is the sovereign fund in the UAE, whose value in 2017 was estimated at nearly $ 369.5 billion.
McGirk was one of four directors on the company’s board of directors, who was named as its representative. That was McGirk.
And today it is the same who occupies an important position in which to advise the White House with regard to security in the Middle East.
According to the article, if we contemplate his tweet about his meeting with Mohammed bin Zayed in February of 2018, and the picture he included, the view on his right is Barbara Lev.
Liv was the US ambassador to the United Arab Emirates at the time. She is a diplomat with experience in the diplomatic corps and worked in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as responsible for the file on the Arabian Peninsula and Iraq. She was the first director of the Iranian affairs office within the ministry. It has also worked in Israel, Egypt and Tunisia.
After leaving government in 2018, Liv joined the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.
And I worked to provide perceptions about the relationship of the United States with the United Arab Emirates. Lev defended Trump’s decision to sell $ 23 billion in advanced weapons (F-35) to the United Arab Emirates.
She said in an interview with “Fox News” that the deal would “not harm the military balance in the Middle East.”
She added, “Iran’s missiles and its unconventional arsenal are terrifying, and they could cause enormous damage even if the United Arab Emirates acquired the F-35s.”
According to the writer, Lev joined the National Security Council today as director of the Middle East and North Africa division.
Hearst says, they were the ones who advised Biden not to impose sanctions on Mohammed bin Salman that prevented him from obtaining an entry visa to the United States. And they have strong relations with the United Arab Emirates, which was the first to issue a statement expressing solidarity with the Saudis after the publication of the CIA report.
He says other agencies have played a role in advising Biden. And we know that there are former CIA employees who have remained connected to the discussions taking place inside the agency and they know Saudi Arabia well and do not want to effect real change in Riyadh, where they see any such moves as risky.
The difference between Trump and Biden
The writer believes that Trump resisted publishing the report by the Office of the National Intelligence Ministry, for a reasonable reason, which is that publishing it would have forced his administration to deal with it.
The writer added, “However, the ‘good’ Biden is taking a step forward from the ‘bad’ Trump. The report was published because he is obligated by law to do so.
“But he has now chosen not to act in accordance with his main findings. And that doesn’t just put him in the same place as Trump and Pompeo. Rather, it effectively links it to granting the next Saudi king immunity from accountability and accountability, which prevents justice from being achieved.
Two cases for the Biden administration to kill Khashoggi
He continued, “The Biden administration is now facing two other cases, both of which are seeking information about Khashoggi’s murder.” The first requires “all records related to the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, a resident of America.”
He added, “As for the second, the Committee to Protect Journalists requests information and documents about what the intelligence agencies knew about the danger threatening Khashoggi’s life before the crime of killing him was committed.”
According to the article, Gregory Meeks, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, issued a statement saying: “However, given the findings of the report on the direct role of Mohammed bin Salman. I look forward to more steps towards accountability. ”
He added, “The official US government document confirms what previous investigations indicated, that with what he had in terms of control and authority over the Saudi Rapid Intervention Force and other intelligence agencies. It means that he is already participating directly. ”
He continued, “As chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, I will continue to work with the Biden administration to take additional steps to ensure that everyone is. “Including whoever is at the top of the hierarchy of power, will be held accountable.”
“I am looking at more options to do so. “In no way should it pass without accountability, forcible return, intimidation or killing of opponents by the Saudi government or by any other government.”
Saad Al-Jabri and the liquidation attempt
He continued: “We must not forget Saad Al-Jabri, A former Saudi Interior Ministry security official who lives in hiding in Toronto. He himself was the target of a team of fifty men who intended to kill him. Allegedly, Mohammed bin Salman sent them on a mission to liquidate him shortly after they liquidated Jamal Khashoggi.
The facts of the case that Al-Jabri filed against Mohammed bin Salman are taking place in a Washington DC court. Al-Jabri is still alive and promised to reveal more details about the dirty operations ordered by the Saudi crown prince.
Al-Jabri, and indeed every Saudi dissident hiding in exile, believes that the message Biden sends to those who pursue them and plan to kill them is terrifying at the least. She says: The United States will impose sanctions on the Prime Time Zone it has ordered to kill Khashoggi.
The writer added, “But it will not be able to impose penalties on you personally, because we have more. However, this will only make the prince more bold. Killer more than Trump or Pompeo would have done to help him. ”
The writer continued: “This means that he can escape time and time again. The national security rationale was used as an exit card. From prison in the case of a young player in this story. Namely, George Nader, who was convicted of child sexual abuse.
He continued: “As we all know, his release from prison has not stopped committing more crimes. He is now back in US prison again. ”
Attempts by the Saudi crown prince
Hearst says that the crown prince will try to diversify his means in carrying out the terrorist campaigns he wages against anyone who criticizes him or speaks against him.
The writer added, “But whatever he does, he now knows that he is above accountability because America – even in an era of hostile administration to him – will not allow anyone to harm him.”
Hearst comments sarcastically: “Champagne stoppers must be flying inside the abandoned palace of the crown prince in the unfinished city of Neom. That is if alcohol were really the only stimulant available. However, the message that this is sending about US foreign policy in the Middle East is indeed heartbreaking. ”
Hearst said he wrote ten days ago that the Khashoggi affair would be the litmus test of Biden’s commitment to perseverance. An ethical foreign policy and spreading democracy and the principle of the rule of law around the world. On Friday, Biden failed that test, tragically.
He added, “But it is not too late for Biden to correct the matter and make the right decision, but if he fails to do so.” He will now live with the consequences. Khashoggi’s case is not over, and this is what Biden will discover very soon.
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