Pitiful U.S. Government Reaction to Sheikh Al Nimr Execution
President Obama had nothing to say. The State Department (see letter below) was "concerned" and bleated a call for the Saudi Government to "respect and protect human rights". Then it was back to business, selling the Saudis more weapons. Last July Amnesty International called on Obama to stop selling weapons to the Saudis. The group said that in four years (2010-2014) the U.S. sold the Saudis $90 billion in weapons. There was no reaction from Mr. Nobel Peace Prize winner.
If President Obama actually cared about the rights of the Saudi "subjects" he could: 1) Call in the Saudi Ambassador and give him a tongue-lashing and make it public; 2) Recall the U.S. ambassador from Riyadh; 3) demand the Saudis release the body to the family; 4) mention the name of Sheikh Nimr's nephew who has been sentenced to beheading and crucifixion; 5) cancel talks on new weapons sales 6) suspend arms deliveries; 7) Kick the Saudi Ambassador out of the country; 8) Join in a U.N. Security Council resolution to condemn Saudi aggression in Yemen; 9) Put a number of Saudi billionaires on a list for sanctions and on and on.
Of course, Obama doesn't care and he and his crew are just waiting until it "all blows over".