A King, a President and the Fate of MbS

| Ambassador Gary Grappo
Gary Grappo
Former U.S. Ambassador to Oman

Saudi Arabia and its crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, (MbS) are confronting a crisis. How they manage to extricate the kingdom will have potentially long-term consequences for the kingdom, its relationship with the U.S. and for its image worldwide.

It is tempting to exaggerate such situations. In this case, the drip, drip, drip of information coming from Ankara and Riyadh seem to all but confirm that this was no less than an officially orchestrated mission to snuff out the life of widely known opposition Saudi journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, and then cover it up. So, this situation is different, and the only question remaining is who ordered the hit.

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The Author is Gary Grappo

Gary Grappo is a former U.S. ambassador who held senior positions including Minister Counselor for Political Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad; U.S. Ambassador to the Sultanate of Oman; and Charge d’Affaires and Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. As a career member of the Senior Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State, he served as Envoy and Head of Mission of the Office of the Quartet Representative, the Honorable Mr. Tony Blair, in... Read More

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