A man holds a poster showing images of Saudi Crown Prince Muhammed bin Salman and of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, describing the prince as “assassin” and Khashoggi as “martyr.” | AP Photo/Emrah Gurel

Donald Trump won’t condemn Saudi prince for murder for all the wrong reasons

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President Trumpis not ready to accept the CIA’s assessment that Saudi CrownPrince and de-facto rulerMohammed bin Salman ordered the assassination of Saudi journalist and U.S. resident Jamal Khashoggi, who was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2.

The CIA’s evidence is substantial and convincing, butTrumpis mum for all the wrong reasons. Bin Salman is best buddies with Trump, son-in-lawJared Kushnerand war-loving National Security Adviser John Bolton. Bin Salman buys billions in U.S. weaponry. These weapons are thenused with U.S. intelligence and logistics to commit near-genocide in the Saudi war in Yemen, resulting in thousands of dead civilians, with millions more suffering from famine and cholera.

Trump gives these war crimes a pass because the war in Yemen is seen as a bulwark against Trump’s real bogeyman, Iran. Trump is simply following the foreign policy truism that “The enemy of my enemy is my friend.” For Trump, add tothat, “The buyer of my weaponry to commit war crimes is also my friend.”

Walt Zlotow, Glen Ellyn

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Your editorial “Wilmette needs its golf course and open space more than a few more houses” (Nov. 18) clearly shows that state Senate President John Cullerton has a conflict of interest with this road project, and the residents of Wilmette and Evanston are left funding his and Joseph Keefe’s folly.

Additionally, the outgoing Metropolitan Water Reclamation District board members who voted “yes,” to allow a road to be built on part of a golf course, should be ashamed of themselves.

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Chicago’s South and West sides have struggled for years to provide viable institutions and businesses to residents, without much success. They are surrounded by suburbs with major businesses that draw customers away.

A huge corporation should be able to thrive in spite of a few stores not meeting expectations.

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