Questions raised over US senator Lindsey Graham’s obsession with Saudi Arabia

A coalition of Republican and Democratic senators have introduced a resolution seeking to directly interfere in the internal affairs of a close American ally in the Middle East, Saudi Arabia. This is raising questions about at least some of these senators’ obsession with Saudi Arabia and how that can prove to be counterproductive, according to US expaerts.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, is leading a campaign to discredit Saudi Arabia and its high ranked officials with regards to the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

He joined calls by the Iran- and Qatar-friendly Republican Senator Bob Corker — in pressuring Riyadh’s internal hierarchy. However, those watching the proceedings closely say Graham and his cohorts appear once again to have failed to learn the lessons from past mistakes, according to many US commentators.

Jordan Schachtel, the national security correspondent of Conservative Review, editor of The Dossier for CRTV, and Correspondent for Breitbart News, has been raising these issues, which have echoed in corridors of power in the United States.

Ill-advised moves

According to Schachtel, we have already witnessed the consequences the US lawmakers’ ill-advised moves in Libya wherein Graham, Rubio, and others joined the Obama administration in rallying support for the toppling of the Qaddafi government.

He believes this resulted in the empowerment of al-Qaeda and ISIS-linked groups and the environment that produced the attack in Benghazi, which killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens.

In Egypt, a similar regime change coalition celebrated when the Muslim Brotherhood took over Cairo and proceeded to inflict chaos and violence upon non-Islamists, women, and the Coptic Christian community inside the country, says Schachtel.

Analysts believe that the Graham resolution continues to prop up Saudi Arabia’s terrorist and terrorist-supporting foes, while making demands upon Riyadh.

For instance, the Senate measure calls on Saudi Arabia “to negotiate directly with representatives of the Houthi movement” on the war in Yemen not realizing that Houthis are an Iran-backed terrorist group.

Qatar dispute

The resolution also calls on Saudi Arabia to “negotiate a political solution to its dispute with Qatar expeditiously and in a way that restores diplomatic relations with Qatar.”

Given Qatar’s major support for terrorist groups around the world, it’s quite odd that the bipartisan group of senators is pressuring Saudi Arabia, and not Qatar, to restore proper diplomatic ties, analysts maintain.

However, it is obvious, Qatar-backed business enterprises are seeking to invest billions of dollars in Sen. Graham’s South Carolina. In February, Sen. Graham held face-to-face meetings with top-ranking Qatari officials at Boeing’s offices in South Carolina.

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