Former Deputy UN Ambassador says sanctions against the Saudis aren't necessary

Kenneth Adleman thinks shunning Saudi officials would be more effective

Dan Cook
October 16, 2018 - 6:46 pm

USA Today

The nation’s capital is awash with speculation about how the United States will respond to allegations of the murder of a journalist at the hands of Saudi government officials.

Former Deputy Ambassador to the United Nations Kenneth Adleman thinks that there are ways of communicating the United State’s displeasure without resorting to sanctions.

“I think the approach of shunning people when they do something that is pretty disgusting is a pretty good approach,” Adleman told Paul and Jordana, “So it’s not anything like sanctions.”

Adleman says the Saudis seek international legitimacy by holding an annual economic conference, and that’s where the U.S. can apply pressure.

“They have gobs of money because of petrol dollars and so they get legitimacy by having a big pow wow with all the most important people in the world once a year,” said Adleman, “It just so happens that its coming next week. And the idea that westerners – prominently the American business leaders – would shun them and not show up I think is a very good and effective means of showing total disgust with what they have done.”

As for concerns over the losing the Saudi’s aid in dealing with nations like Iran, Adleman thinks they’re overblown.

“Yes, we don’t like Iran, and for very good reasons,” Adleman said, “But the Saudis don’t like Iran for even better reasons. So the idea that Saudi Arabia is doing us a favor by opposing Iran gets it backwards. We’re doing the Saudis a favor by supporting their opposition to Iran.”

Hear the entire interview with Paul and Jordana: