“For nearly three weeks, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the 32 year old heir to the Saudi throne, has crisscrossed the United States on an ambitious, choreographed journey…” (NYT 4/7/2018). He met with President Trump, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Oprah, Rupert Murdoch, Hollywood movie stars, Wall Street banksters, and administrators at Harvard and MIT. What was he up to? Adam Aron, the chief executive of the movie theater chain AMC , said this: “The crown prince is aware that Saudi Arabia has had a difficult image in the United States…He wants to transform Saudi society in ways that will be very appealing to Americans.” A “difficult image?” HA! The ruling class and their political water-carriers lined up to kiss his ass, and now they’re Shocked! Shocked! to be told (we told them for years) that SA is a police state run by authoritarian bastards. The Times said he was a reformer (He “let’s” women drive, hooray!) and that he was busy “rebranding his nation.” There’s brief mention deep inside the paper of his jailing bloggers and political opponents, forcing wealthy rivals into detention where they were beaten and extorted, and most appalling, killing thousands of civilians in Yemen. But no one seemed to care. Now as they fall all over each other to self-righteously condemn the vile murder of a single journalist, have they forgotten what they all endorsed for decades, and celebrated mere months ago? No, not really. They’re just rebranding!