The Master of Masterstroke Makers

Upon returning from his tour of Pakistan, India, and China, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) is meeting with his security advisors Dabae Aldhiyb and Jihaz Thaelab, as usual aboard his super yacht, Serene, anchored off the Red Sea coast.

A Saudi naval flotilla stands guard.

Both of his advisors were trained at Erik Prince’s Academi, the security company formerly called Blackwater USA… who is brother of U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

Aldhiyb seeks permission to offer his views, “Your Royal Highness, indeed you have made the right move in appointing His Royal Highness Prince Khalid bin Salman as vice defense minister.

“There could be no better choice. His Royal Highness carried out air missions against ISIS and during Operation Restoring Hope, flying missions over Yemen. Also very importantly, he has trained extensively with the American Armed Forces both in the United States and in Saudi Arabia, and of course, he has worked as an officer at the office of the Minister of Defense. Our friendship with America is our life.

“Your Royal Highness, you moved at the right moment because our consultants in Washington, DC tell us that there are some who continue the vile propaganda that His Royal Highness Prince Khalid made the call at the discretion of Your Royal Highness.”

Thaelab, who was restless to speak, added, “Your Royal Highness, we have also received reports that a journalist, Jonathan Swan of is insisting that he is still waiting that His Royal Highness Prince Khalid shares with him footage of Jamal [Khashoggi] leaving our Istanbul consulate. These nasty people are trying to link Jamal’s disappearance to His Royal Highness Prince Khalid because he had stated that our Kingdom is fully cooperating with the local authorities to uncover what happened after he left [the consulate].”

Finally MBS declared, “God be praised that I got Khalid safely out of America. Now, I have appointed Reema Bandar Binte Sultan as our ambassador in Washington. She has the right connections, being the daughter of Bandar Bin Sultan.

“You all know that His Royal Highness Prince Bandar, served as our ambassador in Washington, DC for twenty-two years, and had very close friendship with President George HW Bush.

“Princess Reema has spent many years in Washington while her father was ambassador. She graduated with a degree in museum studies from George Washington University.”

Thaelab, once again restless to speak, seeks permission, and offers, “Your Royal Highness, indeed, you have made a great decision. Being an expert in museology, Her Royal Highness can heighten our service to America by sustaining some troubled American museums. I learnt from our advisors that burdened by troubled finances, the Newseum took a new step in the fight for its life and sold their building to Johns Hopkins University.

“Your Royal Highness, this museum was based on the American constitution’s First Amendment. Surely Her Royal Highness can offer it the needed lifeline, and get it out of its First Amendment mess.”

MBS quickly adds, “You are right, Jihaz, while everything is perfect with America but their First Amendment stands at odds with our Saudi… the House of Salman’s values. You know that how I put this concept to rest when I told China that it has the right to take anti-terrorism and de-extremization measures in Xinjiang to safeguard its national security.

“We remain grateful to our beloved Great Britain for assigning the beloved Colonel [TE] Lawrence to free us from the Turks, but now this Turk, [President] Erdogan does not stop troubling us. He keeps insisting that Jamal’s case should not be put to rest.

“I assure you that under my command, our Kingdom will continue fighting First Amendments everywhere. Not only, I assured China verbally but also signed 35 economic cooperation agreements with China worth a total of $28 billion.

“India is another country fighting a freedom movement. This why I gave them more $100 billion… they have a lot of headaches… there is Kashmir to be kept under occupation, and they have more than 200 million Muslims to contend with.”

Once again, Aldhiyb seeks permission to talk and offers, “Your Royal Highness, certainly your move to appoint Her Royal Highness Princess Reema Bandar Sultan in Washington, DC is a great move. Not only all the American… I will say that feminists the all over the world are also singing your praises.”

MBS declares, “Dabae and Jihaz, do also note that His Royal Highess Bandar having been ambassador to the US for more than two decades has most valuable Rolodex… you know the rotating file device used for storing business contact information. Her Royal Highness Reema will have access to this treasury.

Thaelab seeks permission and adds, “Your Royal Highness in one stroke you have won the hearts of all feminists and you have also protected His Royal Highness Prince Khalid from any possible embarrassment.

“Your Royal Highness, may God give you greater glory, you are the master of masterstroke makers.”

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