How should the US respond to Mohammed bin Salman’s role in Khashoggi killing?

File photo dated December 23, 2018 of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (also known as MBS) attends a graduation ceremony for Saudi airforce officers at King Faisal Airbase in Tabuk, Saudi Arabia. A US intelligence report has found that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman approved the murder of exiled Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018. The report released by the Biden administration says the prince approved a plan to either "capture or kill" Khashoggi. Photo by Bandar Al Jaloud - Royal Palace / ABACAPRESS.COM

Although a U.S. intelligence report conclusively found that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the brutal murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018, the Biden administration has not yet directly penalized the crown prince himself. Bruce Riedel explains why the White House may be hesitating to act more directly and why Mohammed bin Salman’s position in Saudi Arabia may be less secure than the administration thinks.

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