The clown is sucking up to the clown prince bigly! A fight broke out, and Khashoggi accidentally died. Never mind our earlier lies, believe this lie!
These are decisions that politicians have had to make since the dawn of time. And not something we ordinary folk have to experience. In the great scheme of things one more death is not all that important.
Now the Saudis could cave in to pressure from the west, change their whole way of life, start eating burgers and wearing baseball caps. But we wouldn’t want their mediaeval ways taking over the west so why should they want the baseball caps? Are we in the west so arrogant as to think we are right about everything?
Alternatively every incident we don’t like could be magnified into sanctions, stopping arms sales, etc. Followed by Russia filling the vacuum. I see a lot more deaths in that scenario.
A face-saving solution plus some behind-the-scenes telling off is probably the best solution.
It’s just the old “I didn’t cheat it was just a drunken kiss” that no one believes but keeps the family together.