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Biden’s Humiliation in the Middle East

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President Joe Biden talks on the phone with King Salman of Saudi Arabia Wednesday, February 9, 2022.

At the end of joint statements with Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid, Joe Biden began to wander to the left side of the stage from which the two leaders had delivered their remarks and appeared to try to shake the hand of someone who was not there. The awkward moment functioned as not just another in a long line of gaffes illustrating the evident frailty of the President, but also appropriate symbolism for all that was left of Joe Biden’s Middle East policy. Joe Biden’s trip to the Middle East, which concluded on Saturday, was not to launch a bold new vision, as Donald Trump did on his first trip to the region in 2017. Rather, it was an admission of failure, in which Joe Biden apologized to one leader after another in Israel, Saudi Arabia, and the Gulf States for deviating from Donald Trump’s policies, pledging to never stray again.

It has been a long road for the Biden foreign policy team – particularly when it comes to Iran. When the Biden administration took office, Israeli concerns about Iran’s nuclear program and support for terrorism around the world were dismissed out of hand, as were those of the Gulf States. The JCPOA, or “Iran Nuclear Deal” for short, was one of the achievements closest to the heart of the Obama administration, representing a chance to fulfill the idealistic dream of generations of liberal arts graduates who fantasized about replacing the “racist” Israelis and “backwards” Saudis with the “progressive” Iranians as America’s chief allies in the Middle East. After all, the Iranian regime is the only government in the region which pays for sex change operations for its citizens (although homosexuality is still punishable by death). But such nuances never bothered advocates of engagement within the Obama administration, nor did Iranian disinterest in normalized relations with America and reluctance to abandon its wider geopolitical campaign for regional domination. At most, Iran was always willing to see what America would pay it to slow the process of its nuclear program, especially if American neutrality in the Israeli-Iranian and Saudi-Iranian conflicts was on the table.

Democrats were blind to these nuances. So committed was John Kerry to the deal he helped negotiate that he leaked details of Israeli military operations to Iran, and Israel and Saudi Arabia were treated as villains for “sabotaging” a “deal” which involved selling them out. Even before Biden took office, his advisers floated the idea that “the comprehensive agreement is still hanging out there,” in the expectation Iran would be desperate to reenter. Instead, the Iranians showed so little interest that Biden National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan was left raising the prospect of the U.S. unilaterally declaring the existence of an “Interim Deal” to “buy time.” When Russia invaded Ukraine, U.S. officials initially seemed as worried it would derail talks with Iran as they were about what might happen to Ukraine.

All of this should provide context for the extent to which Biden’s visit to Israel this past week represented a surrender. Prior to the press conference in which Biden tried to shake the hand of an invisible interlocutor, he signed a joint Israeli-American declaration in which he committed the United States to never allowing Iran to develop a nuclear weapon. “The United States reiterates its steadfast commitment to preserve and strengthen Israel’s capability to deter its enemies and to defend itself by itself against any threat or combination of threats,” the declaration reads, going on to specify how “The United States stresses that integral to this pledge is the commitment never to allow Iran to acquire a nuclear weapon, and that it is prepared to use all elements of its national power to ensure that outcome.”

Here was a direct repudiation of the arguments of John Kerry and others that the JCPOA represented the best way to ensure Israel’s security. If Biden showed one element of petty resistance to the inevitable, it was in the wording hailing the Trump-led Abraham Accords. “Israel thanks the United States for its ongoing and extensive support for deepening and broadening the historic Abraham Accords,” the declaration reads. Note the wording: “Israel thanks the United States,” which notably does not say that the United States remains committed to the agreements. Even at a moment when he is forced to bow to the reality of its success, Joe Biden will not rhetorically associate himself with one of the greatest diplomatic achievements of his predecessor.

Denial is all that remained of Biden’s foreign policy in Israel. If he was forced to concede on substance, he would spitefully demonstrate his pride where he could.

That was not an option in Saudi Arabia. For Joe Biden’s visit to Riyadh, the Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman, the de facto leader of the country and presumed successor to King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, was determined to ensure that Joe Biden did not just apologize for past wrongs, but that he be forced to eat his words publicly.

In perhaps the greatest power play of the Saudi leader’s political career, Biden met with the Crown Prince without the King present. That cannot be a coincidence. Back in February of 2021, State Department spokesman Ned Price had made clear that Biden would only meet with the King and not the Crown Prince due to accusations of human rights abuses against the latter, including alleged involvement in the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi. “Well, I think what Jen said, in fact, I know what she said is that the President would be engaging with his counterpart, and [that] his counterpart, is the King,” Price told reporters at the time. Thus in 2021 Biden only met with the King and not the Crown Prince in Washington. In 2022, he met with the Crown Prince, and not his “counterpart” the King, in Riyadh.

Biden’s sudden capitulation is a major diplomatic victory for the Saudi Crown Prince in his geopolitical battle of wills with Joe Biden, one made all the sweeter given how hard-fought the struggle has been. The Biden team entered office full of confidence that Saudi Arabia needed them more than they needed Saudi oil, that Iran was desperate to restore the nuclear deal that Donald Trump had torn up, and that Israel stood penitent for Benjamin Netanyahu’s embrace of Donald Trump. They moved to cancel weapon sales to the UAE, and threatened the same with Saudi Arabia unless it ceased its war against Iranian proxies in Yemen. Joe Biden refused to even speak to the Saudi Crown Prince on the phone. “On Saudi Arabia I would say we’ve made clear from the beginning that we are going to recalibrate our relationship with Saudi Arabia,” Jan Psaki declared in February of 2021. An anonymous former Obama official added “The Saudis in Washington are in the worst position they’ve ever been.” These same officials ignored the warning from one senior Saudi analyst, who told Politico that “They [Biden] can’t get anything done if they don’t deal with [the Crown Prince].”

In the end, the Saudis were vindicated. By early 2022, it was Joe Biden who was desperately trying to reach bin Salman, and the Crown Prince who indicated he was too busy to talk, but might eventually take Biden’s phone call. Last week, it was Biden arriving in Riyadh as a repentant sinner seeking absolution from the Saudi Crown prince, not the Saudis making the pilgrimage to Washington for a primer on “universal liberal values.”

The contrast could not be greater to Donald Trump’s visit to Riyadh in the first year of his presidency. During that trip, Trump was welcomed at the airport by the King, not merely the Crown Prince, a clear sign of whom the Saudis saw as Donald Trump’s counterpart, and then he addressed a summit of Arab leaders the Saudis had convened, before heading to Israel to launch the process which would eventually produce the Abraham Accords. By contrast, Biden’s visit contained no vision. He told Lapid and the Crown Prince nothing. Instead, they reprimanded Biden on his failings, and the President promised to do better.

Little can better convey the deterioration in America’s geopolitical position in the region than to contrast the two trips. Biden cannot be blamed for acknowledging failure. But if he fails to internalize the lesson, and replace his discredited foreign policy team, the humiliations of this trip will be for naught.

Daniel Berman is a frequent commentator and lecturer on foreign policy and political affairs, both nationally and internationally. He holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from the London School of Economics. He also writes as Daniel Roman.       

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John
John
2 years ago

Biden had surrounded himself with leftists whose guidance and influence have him on a trajectory to fulfill the GND above all, then pacify our adversaries, also to maintain his personal income stream from China, at the expense of the nation and our economy.

Adonis
Adonis
2 years ago

The whole world knows Biden is illegitimate.

Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
2 years ago

No Vision
No Goals
Play along Machine DC
Politics as Usual
& then Saudis laugh when he cancels OUR oil supply & begs for more?

jocko
jocko
2 years ago

THIS POS, liberal HAS BROKEN his OATH OF OFFICE OVER 12 MILLION TIMES BY ALLOWING OVER 12 MILLION illegals TO CROSS OUR BORDERS SINCE he BECAME OUR ILLEGAL PRESIDENT AND he AND ALL OF THE CANCEROUS, ANTI-AMERICAN, LYING, CHEATING liberals HAVE DONE NOTHING TO PROSECUTE THIS POS.. THE REAL RESULT OF THIS WILL NOT BE FELT FOR SEVERAL YEARS WHEN THE CITIZENS FIND OUT THAT THEIR CULTURE WILL BE CHANGED TO FAR WORSE, WITH MORE MURDERS, RAPES, DRUGS, MORE TRAFFIC, MUCH LONGER WAIT IN THE EMERGENCY ROOMS LONGER TIMES TO SEE YOUR DR. INCREASE IN PRICES FOR FOOD, FUEL, CARS . HOME GOODS, HOUSING, MUCH MORE CONGESTION, MORE BURGLARIES, ETC., ETC. libs =CANCER AND ARE THE ENEMY OF OUR NATION

Paul
Paul
2 years ago

This is a scary time for our nation. The top two people in power are totally out of touch with reality, and the cabinet is no better. Just remember all that’s happening when you go to the polls in November and in 2024. Don’t be a one issue voter, but look at the whole picture.

anna hubert
anna hubert
2 years ago

Humiliation? He has no pride or shame to feel that

Dennis Belotti
Dennis Belotti
2 years ago

This senile pedofile is the greatest humiliation this country has ever had.
He is a pathetic puppet and the world knows it.
Damn the Socialists Democrats !!

MichEng
MichEng
2 years ago

Biden is a very frail, sick man. As bad as his presidency is and has been, legit or not, pray for his soul. The events since he “took” his position I pray have prayerfully awakened the sleeping population in our nation to the sick communist parties of the left.

Philip Hammersley
Philip Hammersley
2 years ago

Biden’s begging didn’t seem to work. Plus his fictional discussion on Khashoggi was an attempt at diversion from his total failure. IMHO the Saudis had every right to take out the phony “journalist” who was in league with Yemeni terrorists. Another fake “hero” for the left like George Floyd!

Hdrydr
Hdrydr
2 years ago

Obozo’s puppet is a laughing stock. The whole world knows he’s a senile mouthpiece for the globalist/communist agenda.

Michael
Michael
2 years ago

Demented old fool.

mark
mark
2 years ago

Our country is in a very sad place at the moment thanks to the NWO socialist team ,, DEMORATS,, and the hate America billion airs backing them ,, all we can hope for is to slow the killing of the country down in November ,, but me must go to the polls to do that ,, there are still way to many mindless sheep that believe that what they are doing is good ,,,

Morbious
Morbious
2 years ago

This is what happens when a sociopath gets dementia.

Vicky Kramer
Vicky Kramer
2 years ago

I pray that those who support Evil and Wickedness will be removed from all levels of government, business, influence and prestige soon. I pray that those whose eyes have been deceived will be opened and will place those who support your righteous cause in all levels of government, business, influence and prestige soon.

PaulE
PaulE
2 years ago

The Biden foreign policy team consists of the same people that made up Obama’s foreign policy team. Plus a few additional left-wing, equally unqualified left-wing academics added into the mix for good measure. These are the same folks that gave us the original Iran Nuclear Deal, ISIS, the failed state of Libya, Yemen, the escalated war in Syria and so many other foreign policiy successes during the Obama years. Same people relying on the same failed policies tends to produce the same foreign policy failures over and over again.

As for Biden’s performance, what the h*ll did you think would happen by taking a dementia patient and putting him in situations he is cognitively unable to cope with. Yes, he will shake hands with the air, stumble and garble words displayed on the teleprompter before him and generally demonstrate he is mentally unfit for the job. None of this new. Biden did all of this, except for the handshaking with the air, while running for President in 2020. The drug cocktail he is on can only slow the deterioration of his mind for so long. Clearly, the drugs are becoming less effective. His handlers will continue to use him until he can no longer be propped up with drugs and a complicit media. Then he will resign and Harris will become POTUS with the same handlers choosing her new V.P. that will end up replacing Harris before the 2024 election.

On a positive note, I’m sure MBS had a good laugh having Biden paraded before him as the so-called POTUS. Then the Washington beltway set wonders why so many of our formerly allied Middle East partners are switching over to forming alliances with China.

Bob L.
Bob L.
2 years ago

Every Dim-o-crat, elected, appointed, and hired in a government position in Washington should be fired and evicted from the District of Columbia.

Joe went begging for oil when we have all we need if allowed to pump it and Pete Butterbutt comes out saying everybody should buy an electric car. Well, here in Texas, ERCOT is already pleading for people to not charge their electric car during peak power usage hours. The system is straining now, what would happen if EVs became the majority of cars out there? .

Paul W
Paul W
2 years ago

So why does the idiot have to fly halfway around the world, burning hundreds of thousands of pounds of Jet-A fuel (conservative estimate…probably well over a million when all’s said and done) times two…they always take both 747s, using extremely expensive mobile security and their transportation as well as running up a slew of other costs, all on our dime just to humiliate himself? He does it here in the States ALL OF THE TIME…and for a heck of a lot less of our tax dollars being flushed.
What an embarrassing disgrace…and I’m being very, VERY kind.

PaulE
PaulE
2 years ago

I guess I touched a nerve with the AMAC censor again. Gee, I tried to ensure I wasn’t too direct by not calling out the specific names of the Biden administration personnel that are from the Obama era. I guess we’re not supposed to discuss the elephant in the room either.

Patriot Will
Patriot Will
2 years ago

The Saudi government respected President’s Trump’s strength and willingness to openly push for the welfare of the US. President Trump worked on keeping America running smoothly, and enthusiastically supported our country’s ability to be self-sufficient in it’s production of fossil energy. Biden, on the other hand, is actively destroying our energy sector, bad-mouthing the history of American achievements and policies, and begging for Saudi oil. Biden comes across as weak and fragmented both physically and mentally. How can the Saudi’s respect a leader who is working harder at tearing down the country he is supposed to be representing than keeping it thriving and healthy?

Elaine
Elaine
2 years ago

My opinion is how sad that “they” (his family and elder abusers) are sending a person with cognitive problems to represent the U.S.A. and who has no intellectual capacity to be in that position.

I am angry that this situation continues to erode any remaining respect for our nation in the world.

The man is being made a fool and he does not have any defense, because he is being told (like a little toddler) what to say and how to perform without realizing the consequences for our nation.

How can loving family members continue to put him in that position?

Granny26
Granny26
2 years ago

Bumbling Biden, Jill the big Joke and Kamalhair are all 3 an embarrassment to our country. We need to get them ALL out of DC….but make sure Pitiful Pelosi is voted out first.

Art
Art
2 years ago

THANK YOU FOR THE EXPOSURE OF THE BLATANTLY OBVIOUS. IS THAT REDUNDANT??? THE PRESSURE COOKER IS REACHING ITS UPPER PRESSURE LIMITS. I STILL FIND IT HARD TO BELIEVE THAT THIS PUPPET IS OUR SHIELD BEARER. CRUSH THESE IDIOTS ELECTION BY ELECTION. PROTECT THE FUTURE.

mikem
mikem
2 years ago

joe biden’s foreign policy has been wrong for forty years and he still can’t get it right.

mark
mark
2 years ago

There are still way to many people that think they are owed,, the Demorats are good at let me give you this so you will vote for me ,, im doing you a favor ,, these people have no idea what kind of price they and there young ones will pay ,, BUT HELL ITS ALL AROUND THEM NOW AND THEY STILL CANT SEE IT,,, ITS JUST UNREAL TO ME THAT PEOPLE CAN BE THAT DAMN STUPID

ops
ops
2 years ago

With every so called entitlement one turns over a portion of their freedom to the Government!

JEFFREY JONES
JEFFREY JONES
2 years ago

Exterminate marxism, socialism nazism, and all other America haters for a free U.S.A.!!!!!

David
David
2 years ago

democrat = degressive, divisive, liars, corrupt/criminal, useless, godless, BABY KILLERS, fruits and nuts that don’t know which restroom to use, radical socialist/communist/marxist craving total absolute raw fascism POWER to CONTROL everybody and everything to ENRICH themselves and FORCE their evil reprobate ANTI-CHRISTIAN lifestyle agenda on children and society. Yes, the USA is divided, good will not unite with evil and right will not unite with wrong!

tika
tika
2 years ago

too stupid to know or show it. DUUUUH!

rvgrandma
rvgrandma
2 years ago

Since Biden visited and apologized to Saudi Arabia (he learned well from Obama) the cost of crude oil has been on the rise – over $6 so far, after weeks of going down. Wonder if Biden asked them to raise the price so the democrats can continue their strangling the citizens?

JayA
JayA
2 years ago

The demented guy is a dumpster fire, everything he touches turns to c**p. I want my true President back Donald J. Trump!!!

Rich
Rich
2 years ago

The obvious mismanagement and confusion of the socialist/democrat administration is on full display for the world to see. God help us if we were ever physically attacked, although the world that hates us is more than content to watch us implode from within.

Doug
Doug
2 years ago

The democrats are America hating, morally depraved, lawless, treasonous animals.

VOTE OUT ALL DEMOCRATS AND RINOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Deploreable Sam
Deploreable Sam
2 years ago

Gee, maybe hunter IS the smartest guy jb knows.
Still ain’t sayin’ much!
Bite me jb.
fjb etc etc

Robin Boyd
Robin Boyd
2 years ago

Most American citizens realize that Joe Biden is a PINO, President In Name Only. Having Biden represent the U.S. is a humiliation to the U.S. and rational American citizens. Most of US don’t respect Biden, so why should world leaders?

Casey C Matt
Casey C Matt
2 years ago

Good on the King. I wouldn’t let my dog meet Joe Biden. Heck, the Lord only knows what the decrepit creep might want to do even to a dog.

James J
James J
2 years ago

fjb Joey His Family, His Administration, are TRAITOR`s charge these fools with TREASON

Mandy
Mandy
2 years ago

I’m hoping that eventually AMAC and other Conservative sites will realize that what is happening is a Communist takeover by the Left.

We need to drop the “Woke” title and start calling it what it is which is Communism.

All this is just to distract us from what is happening within our country which is the
takeover by Communists. Notice how this transgender stuff is carried in the news but nothing about what Biden is doing to make our gas higher and unaffordable, sanctioning Russia who produces
fertilizers we may need to grow food, and allowing China to buy up our farmland.

First, they tore down our historical statues (which is a step Communists do to remove a country’s
history) and then changed the names of roads, etc which they deemed unsatisfactory due to their using race to take us down. They keep with the race-baiting and the Dems lap it up without thinking or asking why. It is more than they just want your vote…they want to distract from what they are doing to make America a Communist country. And now they are removing Abraham Lincoln, the president that freed the slaves which shows me this is just to remove all our history.

Pitting each other against one another is a practice that is employed under Communism to take down a country and CRT is precisely why this is being done now. More tactics towards Communism can be found in the book “You Can Trust the Communists (to be Communists).pdf, This book can be found for free online by searching the title. The first 20 pages or so are slow reading but after that, I couldn’t put the book down. An updated hard copy by David Noebel titled “You Can STILL Trust the Communists (to be Communists.) can be purchased online.

This book reminded me of Bill Clinton’s desire to visit Russia and Russia allowed him in. The book states the USSR only allowed those to visit that they believed they could use and then remember, they permitted for Bill Clinton to visit when he was a Rhodes scholar.

Bernie Sanders was able to visit. People should ask, “Why were these two men so
infatuated with Russia?”. And then there was Obama who had Communists in his background that raised him.

Wake up America…….

Jerry
Jerry
2 years ago

Is anyone else out there who is ashamed of stumbling Joe besides me?

Roland
Roland
2 years ago

What happened to the Dufus from Delaware’s commitment to the elimination of fossil fuels? By begging the Saudi’s to produce more oil, isn’t he endangering the planet? Or doesn’t he care where the oil comes from as long he can print more money to pay for it?

You’d think he’d want to use our oil and thus deplete the supply. But no, that would mean more jobs for Americans and a stronger economy and that’s one thing he doesn’t want

T Terminator
T Terminator
2 years ago

Biden is very obviously suffering from dementia. The thing is he has never gotten anything in foreign policy right.
Joe has said on many occasions that Hunter Biden is the smartest man he knows. Hunter records himself smoking crack and buying and using hookers. That can explain Joe’s failures, Hunter is the smartest man he knows.

BidenTheDipS*it
BidenTheDipS*it
2 years ago

Baffled
Incoherent
Demented
Enfeebled
Nitwit

D.P.
D.P.
2 years ago

Well, well, well….Biden a humiliation? It was not necessary for him to go to Saudi Arabia for this to
be demonstrated…..sadly, on the world stage…he is more than humiliating….he is an embarasment!
One can hardly comprehend having a foreign leader “reprimand” the President of the United States!
That’s an embarassment of the Capitol offense.

vince foster
vince foster
2 years ago

historians will be looking back at this as they analyze how WWIII started

Elena Tellez
Elena Tellez
2 years ago

Biden is pathetic. America is so much less in the eyes of the world for him being at the ‘so-called’ helm. Wonder if he can go to the bathroom by himself without help. $&#^@%!!!

james carlyle
james carlyle
2 years ago

Elder Abuse matches the Biden presence as POTUS–A Farce

Bill Kananen
Bill Kananen
2 years ago

You got the president you voted for. (Or was the election stolen?)

Susan
Susan
2 years ago

What a cheater, loser, steal kill and destroy ???? looks like …Obiden Ben Lyin

Robert Shipton
Robert Shipton
2 years ago

This past year and a half only proves what everyone has suspected all along, the democrat operatives in a few key counties in a few key states manipulated the election. This also caused down ballot Republicans to also lose their elections. He didn’t so much go on an apology tour as some believe, but went on a public shaming tour. Israel probably told him to his face that their Intel clearly indicates democrat cheated and they will not cooperate with his administration. Saudi, I’m sure told him this to his face. The king meets with heads of state. The king does not recognize Biden as the head of the United States.

K
K
2 years ago

The whole trip was a farce! He lied to the Israel’s and Saudi basically was snubbed and Biden Nor his administration really acknowledge it. Biden’s a failure and has done Nothing for the betterment of the United States And Her Legal Citizens!

Karen
Karen
2 years ago

I didn’t expect anything different! Biden is absolutely unable to do anything!!! But, they’re going to leave him in there. Maybe his rating will go to zero soon. Ho Hum………..

1960s and 2020s; history repeats itself
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