Portman’s lack of courage
U.S. Sen. Rob Portman fails at bipartisanship if it requires courage. He touts his bipartisan efforts, bills addressing uncontroversial issues with common sense solutions. But when faced with bipartisan legislation addressing a key moral issue — blocking arms sales to Saudi Arabia in response to journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s grisly murder — he lacked the guts to join a handful of other Republicans in support.
U.S. intelligence agencies quickly concluded that the Saudis murdered Khashoggi. A recent U.N. report detailed more evidence — that Khashoggi’s murderers called him a “sacrificial lamb,” a forensic expert said that “joints will be separated” when disposing of the body, rooms were scrubbed down and evidence possibly burned to thwart investigators — pointing to the killing and cover-up authorized at the highest levels of the Saudi royal court.