Rep. Bacon Issues Statement in Regards to the Murder of Jamal Khashoggi
Omaha, NE - Congressman Don Bacon (NE-02) issued the following statement regarding the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi:
"The murder of Jamal Khashoggi was a heinous and unspeakable crime, and contrary to America’s values. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia must acknowledge that this state-sanctioned killing was unacceptable and hold those involved responsible for their actions. It is likely that Prince Mohammed bin Salman either ordered or knew of the murder, but we do not know if that is fact. Based on what we do know, Congress should support the sanctions the President has put on 17 Saudis, and consider holding additional officials responsible under the provisions of the Global Magnitsky Act."
"We must acknowledge that Saudi Arabia is an important ally in the fight against ISIS and al Qaida, and a critical counter to the expanding Iranian presence in the Middle East. Our alliance with Saudi Arabia is a vital part of our regional security strategy and it is in our national interest to ensure this relationship is preserved. Therefore, we must strike the right balance in our response.
"While Khashoggi’s murder was a vile act, proxy militias who were trained, funded and directed by Iran have killed between 500 to 1000 US servicemen and women in Iraq. Tehran has the blood of many Americans on its hands and it would be foolish to overreact against Saudi Arabia, as that would strengthen the position of our real enemy.
"Saudi Arabia must be held accountable, so we must send a clear message that Washington will not tolerate killings of political enemies, especially by those who wish to remain our allies and partners. Our response must be balanced, effective, and preserve our broader national security interests. We must guard against over-reaction which would be self-defeating and strengthen Iran’s position in the Middle East, thereby putting our allies and our forces at greater risk."