Biden is headed to the Middle East in hopes of gaining favor with US allies. That means he’s sure to ignore his campaign promise to make Saudi Arabia a “pariah” and his call for an end to Israeli settlements, while continuing his silence on Israel’s murder of Shireen Abu Akleh…
Joe Biden is headed to Israel and Saudi Arabia this week, for his first official visit as President. The trip is being branded as a way to repair U.S. relations in the Middle East—especially now that the Biden Administration is so obsessed with sending money and weapons to Ukraine—that they’ve forgotten all about the region of the world they lovingly invaded, bombed and continued to destroy for two decades.
So, here’s what you can actually expect… Starting off in Israel, Biden is likely to gush over his support for one of Washington’s closest allies, while skipping right over hat one time he condemned them for building illegal settlements in the West Bank (and they ignored him and kept doing it anyway).
He’s also expected to skip right over past comments in support of a “Two State solution” between Israel and Palestine, because he’s hoping for an alliance between Israel and Saudi Arabia, and he’s looking solely as the profit and power here.
Oh, and you can expect the US to commiserate with Israel over their complaints about Iran—specifically by bringing up that conveniently timed report claiming that Iran is planning to supply Russia with drones. While acting like the US is isn’t spending more than Russia’s annual military budget on a proxy war in Ukraine, of course.
Biden is also planning to visit the occupied West Bank, where he will meet with Palestinian officials. While he may give them some vague promises of economic support, he’s also likely to try to avoid explaining why his administration hasn’t done a damn thing in the two months since a Palestinian-American Journalist was hunted down and murdered by Israeli forces in broad daylight, while wearing a PRESS vest… even after the State Department was forced to admit that Israel was responsible.
Then there’s Saudi Arabia, where Biden will engage in the age-old tradition where U.S. Presidents bow down to the Kingdom, beg for its approval, and hope that the Saudis forget all of the promises they made when they were campaigning for office.
For Donald Trump, it was his claim that if he was elected, we would find out the truth about Saudi involvement in 9/11. For Biden, it was his promise that he would put an end to U.S. support for the genocide committed by the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen. And just how quickly he has forgotten, especially as he hopes to get back on Saudi Arabia’s good side once again.
That’s because one of the consequences of the US-led campaign to sanction Russia out of the civilized world has been that Saudi Arabia has become more and more powerful as a result.
The Kingdom is one of the largest oil producers in the world… thus making it once of the most important members of the OPEC Plus cartel. However, when post-pandemic demand came roaring back and Oil prices began to soar, Saudi Arabia repeatedly denied Biden’s request to increase production by more than planned.
And when the Biden Administration called on the world to isolate Russia, Saudi Arabia stood by its OPEC Plus partner, and the production agreements they made—much to Biden’s dismay.
Reports earlier this year also suggested that Saudi Arabia was considering selling Oil to China using Beijing’s currency — a move that would deal a historic blow to the dominance of the PetroDollar.
So, while the U.S. has convinced it allies in the UK and EU to pursue a path of economic ruin for the sake of fighting a proxy war against Russia that is doing more destruction to the West than to its intended target, Washington’s allies in the Middle East continue to benefit from their financial deals with the US—while Saudi Arabia specifically using the growing international frustration with U.S. Foreign policy to become even more powerful—and that’s something everyone should be talking about.