If oil prices rise significantly, Riyadh probably wouldn't escape the ire of the White House.
There will be "no business as usual with Saudi Arabia", promised South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham after the upper house of Congress voted 63 to 37 to open debate on limiting presidential war powers in Yemen.
"The question for me is whether or not the Central Intelligence Agency supports the conclusion, with a high degree of confidence, that the crown prince was complicit in the murder of Mr Khashoggi", Graham told reporters. Blunt's campaign allegedly received $19,250 in campaign contributions from Saudi-linked firms a year ago.
Senior members of President Donald Trump's Cabinet urged USA senators on Wednesday not to downgrade ties with Saudi Arabia over the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, saying it would harm national security and threaten Middle East stability. It is seen as a rebuke of President Trump's handling of the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. President Trump said he would meet with him, but there was nothing on the schedule. Maybe the crown prince's bad position might actually force them into this Hail Mary play, so to speak.
Brett Bruen, a former director of Global Engagement in the White House under President Barack Obama, said it appeared Senators on both sides were not won over by the Trump administrations claims. MbS and al-Sisi had plenty to discuss in Cairo earlier this week even apart from this idea, and this could be more projection than reality. "Of course we still have a ways to go but it looks like we're heading in the right direction".
He said "there is a chance" that peace talks between Yemen's warring parties could be held in Sweden as early as December.
"We refuse to turn Tunisia into a destination to whitewash war crimes", she said. This has been an enormous amount of people walking the halls of Congress, speaking to their representatives - phone calls, emails - people really being out on this issue.
The Canadian government has announced targeted sanctions, in relation to the killing of a Washington Post journalist in Turkey. "This will be an opportunity to continue that work and continue it face-to-face".
Tunisia's prosecutor also launched preliminary research into a complaint against the crown prince over human rights abuses in Yemen. "Every sort of SecDef or ComISAF or Centcom commander will say, we need to keep my war, because I have a new idea for it. ..." It might very well be just some propaganda aimed at forestalling more action in the USA against the Saudis after Khashoggi's brutal assassination. We have never come this far, despite the involvement of the United States in this war in Yemen over the past almost four years now. They have been dying for nearly four years now. It's necessary to demand accountability for Khashoggi's murder "while recognizing the reality of Saudi Arabia as a necessary strategic partner", he said.
Pompeo underscored that some people are using the Khashoggi murder with ulterior motives to undermine Trump's Saudi Arabia policy and support rapprochement with Iran.
"There is no smoking gun", Mattis told Pentagon reporters, stressing he still believes those responsible should be punished. "As Saudi Arabia we can not do it alone, we will not do it alone".
"It's not as easy as saying there's a school or hospital, now draw a circle around it on a map", he continued.
Will they get their act together?
"We're talking Navy SEALS, Green Berets - and not only ex [-military personnel] - they specified quite clearly in the group". "Long-standing relationships guide but do not blind us".
US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.
Save the Children has said up to 85,000 Yemeni children may have died in the three-year-old conflict.
"For every child killed by bombs and bullets, dozens are starving to death, and it's entirely preventable", said Tamer Kirolos, Save the Children's country director in Yemen, in the release.