I'm not going to advocate an assassination attempt against the crown prince. But I do advocate a coup against him. This is one of those moments in history where preemptive action could save perhaps millions of lives. There's been a perfect storm of events that have brought us to a point where it's actually possible. If you could go back in time, before the genocides, would you arrest and remove Hitler? Mao? Pol Pot? Pinochet? I would.
CIA Director Gina Haspel traveled to Turkey earlier this week, apparently to discuss the Khashoggi case with the Turks. I was disappointed to read about that trip. If the CIA believed that it was time for Muhammad bin Salman to go, she would have instead gone to Riyadh to make the demand. That could still happen. If it doesn't, Muhammad bin Salman will survive, millions of Yemenis will starve to death, Syria will remain a basket case, and the rest of us will soon forget the name Jamal Khashoggi.
There's an historic opportunity here. Let's hope it's not squandered.
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