Reported a series of addictions that sounded more like a compendium of medieval tuggery, lawmakers pushed Abizaid into the kingdom’s domestic oppression, including lashings, electrocutions, beatings, whippings, sexual assaults, raids, the alleged detention and torture of activists and  royal family members, and most recently the alleged torture of an American citizen.
Outside the realm, the laws noted, the Crown Prince runs a devastating war on Yemen; has restricted diplomatic relations and investments with Canada after objecting to tweets on human rights violations. very likely ordered the prevented murder of the American resident Jamal Khashoggi; kidnapped the prime minister in Lebanon and triggered a spat between Gulf Allies who undermine US attempts to create a United Arab Front against Iran.
“He’s in full swing,” said Republican late Marco Rubio in Florida “and it’s hard to work with a guy like that.”
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, a New Hampshire Democrat, who is the only woman in the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, said that “the list of human rights violations is so long it is difficult to understand what is happening there.”
Saudi Arabia has become a common line between Congress and the White House, which unites the fractious body, even as President Donald Trump and his officials oppose congressional attempts to keep the Kingdom or its 33-year-old actual ruler into account.
Administration officials argue for the Saudis are too important for important foreign policy goals in the Middle East, including funding part of an Israeli-Palestinian agreement, fighting extremism and especially countering Iran, an argument that Abizaid and Matthew Tueller nominated as ambassador in Iraq, echoed in the foreign affairs foreign ministry.
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Abizaid, 67, preceded Congress a few weeks after the White House skipped a deadline to report to Congress about who is responsible for Khashoggi’s murder and dismemberment, and two days after a classified briefing on the administration’s probe in the Washington Post journalist’s death, a father to four. That summary was “useless,” says Lindsey Graham, a Republican and Trumpet colleague from South Carolina, Monday.
The Saudis deny that bin Salman had any involvement in Khashoggi’s death, just as they deny that women activists detained for lobbying for the right to drive have been tortured. The activists have been held for over nine months without trial.
While both Democrats and Republicans at Abizaid’s nomination hearing forced “grotesque human rights violations,” as Rubio put it, Democrats touched those close links between Trump and Saudis, including his son-in-law Jared Kushner, with bin Salman, who has awakened conflicts of interest.
Trump has personally benefited from business with the Saudis earlier and at the same time as he has been in the office. The house recently launched a probe that will investigate whether he and Kushner could drive potentially dangerous foreign policy decisions for personal financial benefit.
A Kushner family property run in disastrous debt was bought by a company with deep ties to the Gulf countries. This company, Brookfield Business Partners, also owns Westinghouse Electric, which energy secretary Rick Perry has won to Saudi Arabia to build its nuclear power plants, according to a house report.
The potential of a nuclear armed Saudi Arabia controlled by an impetuous young leader prevents many. “Someone who has a penchant for ruthlessness, for escalating foreign policy, to retain the ability to enrich, I think would be an incredibly dangerous precedent to set,” Rubio said.
Under the question from Republican since Cory Gardner in Colorado, Abizaid said that “in the future there may be nuclear power in Saudi Arabia, but … there must be the strictest controls possible.”
“The question is” The United States should not allow plutonium or any other such substance to be sent “anywhere where it can be used as a bomb,” Abizaid said.
Then. Robert Menendez from New Jersey, the ranking democrat at the committee, did not name Kushner, who reportedly advised the Crown Prince privately to bag the Khashoggi killing, but asked Abizaid how he intended to handle an administration that “works out of the ordinary channels.”
Over the past two years, the White House has had no pressure to put a representative in Riyadh, and instead Kushner and Trump themselves have led much of the uprising to Saudis. “You will have to fight against a white house that sometimes seems to run its own bilateral show,” Menendez told Abizaid.
Abizaid, a former Head of the US Central Command, which oversees a wide range of the world, including much of the Middle East, said he “will insist” on being informed of meetings. He added that “I know my command chain and my command chain” is through the president and the secretary of state.
Democratic late Jeff Jefferson in Oregon focused on Saudi abuses within the US – nationals accused of “sexual abuse of children, deaths, rape” in his state who have been expelled from the country before they could face justice.
Republicans focused especially on the Crown Prince’s special role in seed instability. “The Crown Prince makes this very difficult for us,” said Committee Chairman James Risch, an Idaho Republican.
Rubio was blind.
The Crown Prince is “ruthless, he is ruthless, he has a preference for escalation, to take high risks, confrontational in his foreign policy stance, and I am increasingly willing to test the limits of what he can get away with the US,” Rubio said. and called Saudi Arabia “our most difficult partner now.”
Risch addressed the challenge in front of them: “reconciles” how the United States could work with Saudi Arabia “at the same time as Saudi Arabia is engaged in acts that are simply not acceptable.”
Abizaid tried to counteract and said that “our relationship with Saudi Arabia is greater than just the relationship with the prince”, an answer that believes in the iron control that US intelligence agencies have come up with, the young man runs across the country.
Abizaid also addressed the violations of human rights, including Khashoggi’s killing, torture and deprivation of liberty of female lobbies for driving rights and the alleged torture of Dr. Walid Fitaihi, an American citizen. “We should not accept these outrageous problems,” he said.
He added that “these short-term problems must be resolved now … it requires powerful discussions … And I am prepared to have these discussions.”
Abizaid referred to an ambitious Saudi reform program called Vision 2030 as the cause of optimism, but analysts and investors say the prince’s internal repression has a negative impact on investor confidence.
“If that plan can succeed with the support of the international community, I think we will see a change, an important change, for the international community,” said the retired four-star general, pointing to the Prince’s vision of “a more tolerant view of Saudi Arabian Wahhabi Islam. “
Songmaker, basically, does not sound satisfied.
“Unlocking women’s dissidents is not exactly a good advertisement for a more tolerant view of Islam,” said late Chris Murphy, a Connecticut Democrat.