It seems that both dead and alive, Khashoggi was first an agent and then a martyr-pawn of Qatar and Turkey in their struggle against Saudi influence in the Middle East.
As gruesome as the killing is, the battle of ideologies that are now swirling around this event is as important. That’s not to belittle a death that was apparently cruel and unusual and involved torture of the most savage kind.
The Middle East has had an outsized influence on US national security and foreign policy for many decades. President Trump and his team have been working to change the dynamic, and the recent trips by both Secretary of State Pompeo and National Security Adviser Bolton have been evidence of that.