Senior Biden administration officials, including Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, and National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, reportedly met with Saudi’s Prince Khalid bin Salman, who is the brother of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman(MBS), and former Ambassador to the United States. Prince Khalid’s high level welcome to the United States has naturally shocked and angered human rights activists because our very own CIA pinpointed him as one of the masterminds behind the killing of former Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. Specifically, the CIA said that it was Prince Khalid who lured Khashoggi into the Istanbul consulate where he was later killed.
Washington Post Columnist and CNN Political Analyst Josh Rogin told New Day host John Berman:“The Biden administration is trying to have it’s cake and eat it too. They want to say that they are being tough on Saudi Arabia for it’s atrocious and worsening human rights record, at the same time they want to do business with Saudi Arabia on areas of mutual interest, and I get that. But the way that they decided to do that was by welcoming back the former Ambassador, Khalid bin Salman, the brother of Mohammed bin Salman[MBS], the guy who the CIA asserts was responsible for the murder and dismemberment of Washington Post contributing columnist Jamal Khashoggi. And the allegation by the U.S. intelligence services, is that his brother Khalid lured him into the Istanbul consulate where he was later murdered…..So it seems like a weird thing to invite the guy who was connected to the murder back to have a bunch of pictures and give him the red carpet treatment, and let him meet with Defense Secretary and the National Security Adviser. It sends the signal to the Saudis, and to the region, and to the human rights community frankly, that the Biden administration’s protestations against Saudi atrocities are just that, just words, and not actions. It signals a return to business as usual….It also insults the legacy of Jamal Khashoggi, and reneges on Biden’s promise to deliver justice to Jamal and his family.”
Bottom line folks, for a Biden administration that is usually very fine-tuned and on-message, one has to admit that granting Prince Khalid a high profile welcome despite the CIA’s findings on Khashoggi’s murder, was quite an uncharacteristic blunder by the administration. More importantly, this blunder unnecessarily dings the Biden administration’s stance and messaging on human rights. Surely somebody at Biden’s White House should have foreseen and prevented this “unforced error” of immense magnitude.
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In a previous post Yours Truly called on Congressional Democrats to demand an immediate end to Trump Administration’s “Zero Tolerance” policy for its evil/inhumane practice of ripping migrant children from their parents upon apprehension at the southern U.S. border. This is a policy that the United Nations has called a violation of human rights and most recently torture so Dems must not hold any punches over it. It is quite encouraging to see highly influential figures in the Democratic Party like former President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton forcefully voicing their opposition to this evil “Zero Tolerance” policy and Congressional Dems should follow their lead.
We should be a better country than one that tears families apart, turns a blind eye to women fleeing domestic violence, and treats frightened children as a means to a political end.
However Dems must also expose an even more troubling aspect of this already abominable “Zero Tolerance” policy which is that the Trump Admnistration is putting Migrant Children in cages–like animals.
This is abhorrent. Horrifying video shows migrant children crammed in cages like animals after being separated from their parents in America. All because #Trump wants to get “tough”. pic.twitter.com/JCMoh8VuXo
This is simply unacceptable in the United States of America, let alone any civilized society. Part of the Dem opposition to the evil “Zero Tolerance” policy has to be this sickening practice of putting migrant children in cages. Quite frankly at this point, Dems have no otherwise but to join Sen Kamala Harris in calling for the immediate resignation of DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen
I’m calling on Kirstjen Nielsen to resign as Secretary of Homeland Security. Under her watch, our government has committed human rights abuses by breaking up families along the southern border. And she has failed to be accountable to and transparent with the American people.
Ever since U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Trump Administration’s new tough “Zero Tolerance” immigration policy, a sharp debate has erupted as to whether Trump Admin’s immigration stance is so tough as to be inhumane/a human rights violation
Of particular concern has been the “Zero Tolerance” policy’s requirement that when migrant families are apprehended after illegally crossing the southern U.S. border, the children are separated from their parents who go and face immigration/removal proceedings. The Department of Homeland Security takes custody of their children, in many cases infants, and places them with U.S. relatives
For the record, every U.S. Admin crafts its own immigration policy which often differs from previous administration policies and the Trump Admin is entitled to its own immigration policy. What makes the "Zero Tolerance" policy markedly different is that many, including the United Nations have called it a violation of human rights for the way it rips migrant children from their parents. The Obama administration, as did other previous administrations placed similarly situated families in family detention centers for the precise reason of keeping families together. The Trump Administration, ashamed of its own immigration policy has resorted to shifting the blame on the Obama administration--a blatant lie. Rather than put an immediate end to their human rights violations the Trump admin has chosen to perpetuate it using a blatant lie that it is Obama who started the evil program
In addition to that there have been reports that in the process of placing the kids with their relatives, their parents are losing contact with them which as you know is any parent's worst nightmare.
As if the immediate trauma "Zero Tolerance" policy is inflicting on migrant families is not enough, now doctors are warning that the separation from their parents will cause the children irreparable harm, up to and including mental problems. This is as serious as it gets which is why Yours Truly is calling upon Dems to immediately step in and do what America has always done-- rescue children in danger.
The dire warning by the doctors must be the "red line" for Dems as regards Trump Admin's Zero Tolerance policy. This is way beyond the usual immigration politics Americans are accustomed to.
Dems have a moral obligation to demand an immediate end to Trump Admin's "Zero Tolerance" immigration policy which subjects migrant infants to irreparable health defects.
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