Opinion from a Libertarian ViewPoint

State Department Supports Saudi Corruption Sweep, Urges ‘Fair and Transparent’ Process

Posted by M. C. on November 9, 2017

The real reason: MBS is confiscating $800 billion because SA can’t support their war budget. No wonder the US supports ‘restructuring’.

The State Department offered support for Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman’s ongoing crackdown on huge swaths of the Saudi Arabian power structure Tuesday, echoing, albeit less wholeheartedly, endorsements by the White House.

In what is ostensibly a battle against rampant corruption and a push for liberal reforms in the strictly Wahhabist-Sharia-run Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, bin Salman – coming to be known in the Western press as “MBS” – has overseen the arrests of dozens of Saudi royal princes, business leaders, and lesser officials in the last week. The royals among them are reported to be under guard at Riyadh’s Ritz-Carlton hotel while MBS enacts an uncertain path to reform.

From the very beginning, there was something off about Sunday’s unprecedented countercouppurge unleashed by Mohammad bin Salman on alleged political enemies, including some of Saudi Arabia’s richest and most powerful royals and government officials: it was just too brazen to be a simple “power consolidation” move; in fact most commentators were shocked by the sheer audacity, with one question outstanding: why take such a huge gamble? After all, there was little chatter of an imminent coup threat against either the senile Saudi King or the crown prince, MbS, and a crackdown of such proportions would only boost animosity against the current ruling royals further.

Things gradually started to make sense when it emerged that some $33 billion in oligarch net worth was “at risk” among just the 4 wealthiest arrested Saudis, which included the media-friendly prince Alwaleed.

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