Erdogan’s card on Khashoggi’s death burned. Trump continues to support Saudi Arabia

For weeks Erdogan has been milking it on Khashoggi’s murder. A man “who has been widely criticized for locking up more than 100,000 people since an attempted coup two years ago, has gained badly needed international stature from the case” as the New York Times reported on Wednesday.

Few days ago, a Turkish news website published quotes and the identity of some speakers in two audio recordings revealing the last moments of murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Citing Turkish security sources, Habertürk columnist Çetiner Çetin reported on Monday on the first recording.

The Turkish media were quick to reproduce the news with Hurriyet publishing an article on Tuesday 20th November with the title “Gruesome quotes from Khashoggi recordings published for first time”.

The long advertised by the Turks recordings were being revealed and it was time for the ramifications. Or so they thought.

However, the US President Donald Trump refused to listen to audio tape of Jamal Khashoggi’s ‘vicious’ murder.

Trump stressed the close political relationship between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia – as well as Saudi investment in the U.S. that will create “hundreds of thousands” of jobs.

“As president of the United States I intend to ensure that, in a very dangerous world, America is pursuing its national interests and vigorously contesting countries that wish to do us harm,” Trump said. ” Very simply it is called America First!”

Trump said on Tuesday that the CIA was still assessing the case and that “we may never know all of the facts surrounding the murder.”

Quoting the New York Times “President Trump’s statement on Tuesday made clear that the United States would stick with its Saudi ally, leaving Mr. Erdogan’s biggest ambition — sidelining his rival and realigning American policy in the Middle East — unfulfilled.”

In an article that seems very much aligned with what we reported last week https://thegreekobserver.com/opinions/article/52471/is-the-evidence-authentic-in-the-case-of-khashoggi-or-the-facts-are-made-up-to-incriminate-prince-mohammed/ ,

the highly respected American newspaper continued with the article titled “Erdogan Didn’t Get All He Hoped For in Khashoggi Case, but His Stature Rises”:

“For weeks, the leader of Turkey has been trying to undermine his regional rival, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia, with a skillful drip of intelligence leaks linking the prince to a gruesome crime: the killing of a dissident, Jamal Khashoggi.

By steadily spooling out grisly details of the killing, Mr. Erdogan has found common cause with American lawmakers outraged by Saudi Arabia’s brazen tactics. Before that, some American politicians were more focused on castigating Turkey, a fellow NATO member, for backsliding on democracy and purchasing an antimissile defense system from the Russians.

Turkey has squared off with Saudi Arabia on a number of fronts, including the kingdom’s dispute with Qatar. Mr. Erdogan’s government also opposes American sanctions on Iran, putting it directly at odds with the Saudi crown prince, often known by his initials, MBS, who described Turkey as part of a “triangle of evil”.”

Maybe one should remind the Turks that the murder of a fellow journalist, or any human really, is a horrible thing but leveraging this death can be equally bad or even worst, especially since they knew, through the X-Rays at the airport – the findings of which they publicized themselves last week – that a team of Saudi agents was entering their country equipped with a number of lethal devices. They claimed that based on their regulations they couldn’t search the luggage of the Saudi agents, but they knew.

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