When Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, on October 2, 2018, the Democrat Party and their allies in the media tried desperately to encourage President Trump to take drastic action against Saudi Arabia. They suggested if Trump didn’t take immediate action against the Saudi’s that somehow he was complicit in the murder of the alleged “green card” holding columnist.
This morning, while appearing on CNN’s State of The Union, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the likely incoming chair of the House Intelligence Committee, accused President Trump about not being honest with Americans about Khashoggi’s murder.
This morning, USA Today attempted to shame President Trump with an article touting the decisions by Finland, Denmark, and Germany to halt arms sales to Saudi Arabia over the murder of Khashoggi. In the article, USA Today pointed out that in the US, there appears to be bipartisan support for criticism of Saudi Arabia, while President Trump says “he’ll stand by the kingdom”, while pushing the narrative that Trump refuses to punish Saudi Arabia, because he only cares about oil prices and arms sales, while ignoring the murder of “green card holder” and Washington Post columnist, Jamal Khashoggi.
After reports surfaced showing a CIA assessment concluded Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing, Trump said the U.S. would stick by the kingdom.
The president cited oil prices and an arms deal in his rationale. He publicly questioned the CIA’s assessment, emphasizing Salman’s denials even as the Saudi government’s account of Khashoggi’s fate has repeatedly shifted.
On Thursday, Trump said the crown prince “regretted the death more than I do” and reiterated his position that there was no conclusive evidence tying the crown prince to Khashoggi’s murder.
“The CIA doesn’t say they did it. They do point out certain things, and in pointing out those things, you can conclude that maybe he did or maybe he didn’t,” the president said.
Almost two months after his murder, a few new details about the Washington Post columnist are coming to light.
Townhall is reporting that Khaghossi was not, in fact, a green card holder in the US, as previously reported.
Mohamad Soltan, an Egyptian-American activist who sees Khashoggi regularly in Washington, told Reuters that Khashoggi was in the United States on an O-visa, a temporary residency visa awarded to foreigners “who possess extraordinary ability” in the sciences, arts, education, and other fields and are recognized internationally, and had applied for permanent residency status.
Michael Doran, a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, who specializes in Middle East security issues, cited evidence from a letter that was sent to President Trump and signed by several members of Congress, proving that Khashoggi was not a green card holder: Further evidence indicating that Khashoggi did not have a green card |
Doran also tweeted: Friend of Saudi dissident says he did not have a green card. For weeks the press has been telling us he was a permanent resident. They just made it up, to increase the sense that the US has a special moral/legal responsibility to take action.
Meanwhile, U.S. intelligence believes Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman directly ordered Khashoggi’s killing. According to President Trump, Khashoggi was viewed by the Saudis as an enemy of the state and a national security threat.
It appears as though President Trump is correct about Khashoggi’s ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. One thing that has not been reported by the mainstream media, however, was Khashoggi’s ties to his friend Osama Bin Laden.
The book was adapted for television as a series with the same title and tells the story of Al-Qaeda’s infamous attacks on New York and Washington. In one paragraph, Wright mentions a close friend of Bin Laden’s who shared the latter’s ambition to “establish an Islamic state anywhere.” That friend was Jamal Khashoggi. Both Bin Laden and Khashoggi were at the time active members of the Muslim Brotherhood and later Bin Laden would split from the Brotherhood to form with Abdullah Azzam Al-Qaeda, the most dangerous organization in the world. Khashoggi, Bin Laden, and Azzam were all the merry companions of the same extremist group.
On page 78 of his book, Wright quoted Khashoggi as saying that he and Bin Laden believed that “the first one [Islamic state] would lead to another, and that would have a domino effect which could reverse the history of mankind.” The noun phrase looming tower in the book’s title was taken from Surah An-Nisa in the Holy Quran and clearly refers to the attack on the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York.
Today, the world is busy keeping up with the news of the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, journalist and Human Rights activist in Saudi Arabia, but very few know the man’s past and his affiliation with Al-Qaeda during the war in Afghanistan. He promoted Saudi Mujahedeen focusing on his friendship with Bin Laden.
On May 4, 1988, the Saudi daily Arab News published a report by Jamal Khashoggi about his tour in Afghanistan in the company of Al-Qaeda operatives. Even though Khashoggi was just a journalist doing a report, the photos published with the article show him wearing Afghani garb and shouldering an RBG rocket launcher.
Mr. Khashoggi’s past acquaintance with Bin Laden is attracting unexpected attention couched with disbelief after controversy erupted over Donald Trump Jr., the son of the US president retweeted messages including one by Patrick Poole, a national security and terrorism correspondent for PJ Media, a conservative news and commentary blog.
In the tweets, Poole shared pictures of Khashoggi with Afghan Mujahideen and commented: “I didn’t realize until yesterday that Jamal Khashoggi was the author of this notorious 1988 Arab News article of him tooling around Afghanistan with Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda co-founder Abdullah Azzam. He’s just a democrat reformer journalist holding an RPG with jihadists.”
I didn’t realize until yesterday that Jamal Khashoggi was the author of this notorious 1988 Arab News article of him tooling around Afghanistan with Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda co-founder Abdullah Azzam. He’s just a democrat reformer journalist holding a RPG with jihadists. pic.twitter.com/G7xTCjwiPx
— Patrick Poole (@pspoole) October 12, 2018
Yesterday, “Rising serpent” tweeted in defense of how President Trump has addressed Khashoggi’s murder and Saudi Arabia, explaining about how the new evidence that’s been revealed about the Washington Post columnist’s past needs to be taken into consideration:
Our media will have you believe that Khashoggi was an American journalist whose death must be avenged, and by doing nothing Trump is somehow complicit in his slaying. I think Trump’s refusal to take umbrage with Saudi Arabia makes more sense in the light of Khashoggi’s past.
10. Our media will have you believe that Khashoggi was an American journalist whose death must be avenged, and by doing nothing Trump is somehow complicit in his slaying.
I think Trump's refusal to take umbrage with Saudi Arabia makes more sense in the light of Khashoggi's past.
— Rising serpent 🇺🇸 (@rising_serpent) November 25, 2018
I think we can all agree that it would’ve been great if the Democrat Party and their mainstream media allies took as much interest in getting to the bottom of why four Americans died in Benghazi, under the Obama regime, as the non-American, non-green card holder, friend of Osama Bin Laden and Muslim Brotherhood member, Jamal Khashoggi, who died in a Saudi consulate during Trump’s presidency.