"I don't speak Arabic" is why Bolton hasn't listened to Khashoggi tape

National Security Adviser John Bolton was asked by a reporter at a White House press briefing Tuesday if he had listening to the audio tapes of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi's capture and murder. He answered by asking the reporter why they think he should... Then he asks how many people in the room speak Arabic - you can see a hand rise up after he asks that - with his point being he wouldn't learn anything from it because he wouldn't be able to understand what people were saying.

"What am I going to learn from, I mean, if they were speaking Korean I wouldn't learn any more from it either..."


"I can read a transcript too...Unless you speak Arabic, what are you going to get from it?"

Right, what would he get from it that he couldn't get from a transcript... Besides getting a sense of the tone of the people who were ordered by our ally to commit murder; how brutal were they will they tortured him, how flippant they were when cutting his body apart... You know, gather intelligence.

Why not just say he doesn't want to listen to someone being tortured, murdered and cut apart with a bone saw because it would make standing with Saudi Arabia that much harder to stomach...

- Cory

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