By Mamdouh AlMuhaini
Khashoggi case has become a game of bids and a political ball. But it has
clearly exposed strong ideological orientations and deeply repressed
feelings, not only of ordinary people, but also of high-profile officials who
have hidden their real stances and shrouded them with diplomacy and official
most prominent of these figures are top members of former President Barack
Obama’s administration. They removed their masks and invested in the Khashoggi
case in order to attack President Trump and weaken him before the elections,
while distorting the image of Saudis in order to embellish that of their
Iranian friends. It’s clear that this collective rush to quash all diplomatic
traditions was because they thought this as their once in a lifetime chance.
National Security Advisor Susan Rice wrote a disgruntled article in the New York
Times and based it on the Khashoggi case to doubt the role of Saudi Arabia and
to state that the kingdom is an ally that cannot be depended on. When reading
the article, one quickly realizes that Rice’s aim is irrelevant to Khashoggi.
She seeks to attack Trump and gain points against him to serve her Democratic
Party. It’s said that she will run for Congress in the 2020 elections.
is the domestic aim, but the foreign goal is related to Rice’s doctrine that
clashes with Saudi Arabia’s role and stance.
like Obama, is inclined to the Iranians on political and ideological fronts.
Rice was not upset by the Iranians’ military and political expansion in the
region. She did not fully criticize them when she was a UN ambassador, and as
national security advisor, she did not take any practical steps to limit the
horrific crimes the Iranians committed. She rather confirmed her soft
reconciliatory stance via the Iranian nuclear deal which she celebrated with
directed her anger at the Trump administration and its ally Riyadh due to
repealing the great achievement of the Obama administration. She has repeatedly
said that withdrawing from the nuclear deal is utmost stupidity and will enable
the Iranians to win in the end. This is of course not true as the Iranian
regime is facing difficult circumstances amid an unprecedented economic siege.
is preventing Rice from seeing the facts on the ground. She does not say
anything about the proclaimed crimes of the Tehran regime, whether those committed
in Iran or outside it such as in Syria. She does not say anything about the
terrorist militias which Iran planted across the world, and she views Iran as a
strong and important ally. At the same time, she intentionally ignores the
vital Saudi role in protecting the region’s stability via an ongoing fierce war
against Sunni and Shiite terror groups and rogue regimes and uses the isolated
Khashoggi case, in which legal measures have been taken and announced to the
world, in order to picture Saudi Arabia as the unreliable reckless power.
Obama administration gave a
green light to Iran
the Green Movement in 2009, the Iranian authorities committed horrific
violations, killed hundreds and arrested thousands. Back then, Rice did not
write an article in the New York Times demanding to punish Iran. On the
contrary, she kept silent just like President Obama, who back then said his
remarks will be exploited against the rebels. What happened is that the
American administration’s silence actually gave a green light to the
Revolutionary Guards to finish off protestors and mercilessly shed blood.
Afterwards we were certain it was a trick because the Obama administration had
kept silent in order not to sabotage the nuclear deal which it was later going
to propose to the Iranians.
did not only keep silent over this bad development that year and she did not
only attack the Trump administration and his closest ally, Saudi Arabia, after
withdrawing from the nuclear deal but she also called on the current American
administration to keep silent over the recent popular protests in Iran after
Trump and members of his administration voiced their support of the revolting
stance that ideologically opposes Saudi Arabia is not limited to the Khashoggi
case. There have been previous stances before such as to those related to the
Saudi-Canadian dispute. Rice posted tweets attacking the American
administration for not taking a firm position against Saudi Arabia, a position
that harmonizes with American values and interests.
eyes of Rice, American interests harmonize with the Iranian interest even if
the Iranian regime is the largest sponsor of terrorism according to the US
State Department itself. At the same time, she incites against Saudi Arabia due
to a diplomatic dispute with another country. It’s difficult to imagine that
Rice will say something about the recent Iranian explosions plans in France and
the recent assassinations which the Iranian intelligence planned in Denmark.
It’s strange that Rice attacks Saudi Arabia after Canada violated diplomatic
norms and interfered in an internal affair at the time when President Trump
describes Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as a coward and weak.
members of Obama’s team like former Vice President Joe Biden and former
Director of the Central Intelligence Agency John Brennan repeat the same ideas
and make the same demands. However, Rice is the impudent and publicized face of
political exploitation of the Khashoggi case, which clearly exposed moral
hypocrisy and a desire to exploit the case of a Saudi citizen against his own
country for purely political and ideological goals.
tried to present a logical discussion but she voiced grudges in the form of
recommendations to the American administration to end the alliance with Saudi
Arabia and pursue rapprochement with Iran. It’s easy to understand this
bitterness if we put this stance in a political and ideological context. Saudi
Arabia stood in the face of a leftist ideological project in the Middle East, a
project which the Obama administration adopted in Egypt. The kingdom also stood
against Iran and the Muslim Brotherhood.
it’s not strange to see these three parties, the leftists, the Iranians and the
Brotherhood, sleeping on one bed and currently uniting in a camp that’s
directed against Saudi Arabia and particularly against Saudi Crown Prince
Mohammed bin Salman. However this hostile camp has revealed the opposite of its
goals as it revealed the strength of the Saudi state, the rootedness of
political legitimacy and the solidity of the Saudi people’s national identity.
Mamdouh AlMuhaini is the Editor-in-Chief of Al
Arabiya News Channel’s digital platforms. He can be followed on Twitter