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The One Phone Call Joe Biden Won’t Make That Could Lower Gas Prices

AMAC Exclusive – By Daniel Roman

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As gas prices have rocketed to their highest level in years and are projected to shoot higher still as we approach the Christmas season, debate has turned to the culpability of Joe Biden in causing the surge in prices, which have risen over 50 percent from just a year ago. While the impacts of Biden’s domestic energy policies, and the contrast with his predecessor’s, have been much discussed, less noticed but perhaps equally significant has been the impact of Biden’s poor foreign policy choices—and in particular, the feud he has pursued with the one foreign leader who could bring oil prices down.

In the middle of a domestic energy crisis, Joe Biden has picked a fight with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, not over policy, geopolitics, or American interests, but over an event that happened in 2018—namely the killing of a Saudi critic of the regime. Three years later, Biden is refusing to meet with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman out of spite. And in response, the Saudis, by their own admission, have been cutting off oil supplies, forcing Americans to pay more at the pump.

The Intercept, hardly a right-wing outlet, reported earlier this month that Joe Biden has been refusing to meet with the Saudi Crown Prince or members of his government since he took office out of anger over the killing of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018. They quote a Saudi official who told them that:

“Saudi has put a lot of work into getting a cohesive OPEC+ to work over the past 15 months since the crisis that dropped oil futures below zero so will not break ranks with the consensus or Russia on this. Also the Kingdom resents being blamed for what is essentially a structural problem not of its own making in the US which has hampered its own energy production. Finally, I hear that the price of Thanksgiving Turkeys has doubled in the US so why can oil prices also not inflate?”

The official added a winking emoji to the end of his note.

This is a far cry from Saudi-American relations during the Trump administration, when the President was awarded the Kingdom’s highest honor and secured hundreds of billions in contracts for American firms, implicit backing for his Abraham Accords (the most significant step toward peace in the Middle East in decades) and a pledge to keep the U.S. strong by maintaining a steady energy supply. How did things go so wrong?

The mainstream media praised Barack Obama for his charisma, but his relations with foreign leaders were often poor. He tended to see them either as tools to implement what he and his team of ivory-tower Americans believed their countries should be doing, or as obstacles to the extent they rejected such proposals on the basis that local conditions were different than 25-year-old Obama staffers believed.

By the end of Obama’s tenure, Iraq, Libya, Syria, and Yemen were alight in war, with ISIS on the verge of a takeover, while Iran, uninhibited by Obama’s apologies and encouraged by his gift of billions of dollars in sanctions relief, was on the march. Even Egypt, where Obama had given a much-discussed foreign policy address early in his term, had seen its relations with Washington fall to their lowest level in forty years, with Obama’s ambassador all but expelled. Obama had ignored the complexity of the region, and then abandoned it.

Donald Trump embraced a different approach, coined “principled realism.” Recognizing that not every country was like America, and that trying to force them to be was futile, the Trump administration tried to focus on areas of common interests rather than disagreements. With Egypt and Saudi Arabia, this meant recognizing the threat of Iran and Russia, the need to contain ISIS, and that human rights, while important, could not be the end all be all. Donald Trump met with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, after all. He ultimately gave him nothing, but he was willing to try. Why? Because he believed it advanced America’s interests. This was the same mindset with which he approached his engagement with Saudi Arabia. America had clear and defined interests, and he was content to work with the Saudis to advance those, rather than try to radically reform Saudi society, which unlike his two immediate predecessors, he was wise enough to know he did not fully understand.

Joe Biden, on the other hand, has adopted an even more extreme policy toward the region in general and Saudi Arabia in particular than even Obama. Since taking office, he has refused to meet with the leaders of Saudi Arabia, a stunning contrast from Donald Trump, whose first international trip was to the Kingdom. One of Biden’s first acts as president was to withdraw support for the Saudi War against the Iranian-backed Houthis in Yemen, a war the U.S. pushed the Saudis to fight, and where the Saudi involvement has negated the need for American troops. The result has not only been a feeling of betrayal in Riyadh, but empowerment among the Houthis, who earlier this month seized the American Embassy in Yemen, taking hostages.

The issue which seems to be most driving Joe Biden’s antipathy toward the Saudis is the killing of Jamal Khashoggi in 2018. In response to his death, many in the U.S. media and some Members of Congress called for the U.S. to break relations with or even sanction Saudi Arabia, as all available evidence points to agents of the Saudi government being responsible.

Trump understood the wrong of the Khashoggi killing, but he also understood the need to consider America’s broader interests in the region, as any U.S. president must. If the U.S. cut off aid to Saudi Arabia in Yemen, then the U.S. might have to send troops itself, as may well happen given the recent fate of the embassy. If the U.S. cut off military sales to Saudi Arabia, Saudi Arabia could buy weapons from Russia or China. Most importantly, Saudi Arabia has oil, lots of it, and wields considerable influence over other Gulf states which do as well. Like it or not, oil matters, and the U.S. needed it. President Trump did not have to like it, and he didn’t, doing everything in his power to expand domestic production to loosen the dependency on Riyadh, efforts Joe Biden has reversed. But Saudi Arabia had that power, and for Donald Trump a strong U.S. economy was more important than one man, as tough of a decision as that may have been.

When the media suggests Donald Trump would also be having problems with supply chains and inflation, they may not be wrong. The difference, however, is that Donald Trump always prioritized the American economy over moralizing and virtue signaling, and he would have responded to gas price increases by doing everything he could to secure greater supplies without compromising vital U.S. interests. Far from refusing to meet with them, he would have called up the Saudis and asked what they wanted in exchange for supplying the U.S. with the energy Americans need for Christmas. Joe Biden won’t even talk to them. The Saudis say “Biden has the phone number of who he will have to call if he wants any favors.” Joe Biden’s only response at a recent townhall was to say “There’s a lot of Middle Eastern folks who want to talk to me. I’m not sure I’m going to talk to them.” And to think people accused Donald Trump of alienating America’s allies.

America deserves a President who has the confidence, and the competence, to talk to people. Joe Biden cannot even do that.

Daniel Roman is the pen name of 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.

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HocasPocas
8 days ago

Biden is a traitor

Bill
12 days ago

Democrats are destroying America..

George
12 days ago

Where are Americans supposed to get all these electric cars? China has the cobalt (thanks to Hunter Biden) for the batteries. How can the cars be manufactured without this essential part?
More and more questions.

Karen
13 days ago

Hey Joey: I will NOT buy an electric car EVER, EVER, EVER. Will go back to the horse and carriage if need be. You and your cohorts are going to really suffer for all the stuff you are doing to us sane, honest, tax paying, freedom loving Americans. I hope (sorry, God) we see all of you hang for treason!

Paul
12 days ago
Reply to  Karen

Same Here Karen!

Bruce Wickstrom
13 days ago

How can you tell Sleepy Joe is lying? Simple solution his lips are moving. He has destroyed everything that President Trump has done for the American people. Rvn 68-69

Larry W.
14 days ago

I wonder how many people will vote for anyone in the Democratic party next year when the price of everything we have to buy has doubled?

Donald Christian
14 days ago
Reply to  Larry W.

other than dead people?

MOCountry
13 days ago
Reply to  Larry W.

Probably most of those main stream media watching folks who voted for them in the last election. Remember, you can’t fix stupid. Sad but true!

James Slover
13 days ago
Reply to  Larry W.

Price doubled or more.

john
14 days ago

this braindead-biden-THING + h-the-HO + the ANTI-American DEMON-c-RATZ + every Federal agency INCOMPETENT so-called ‘head’ + the current PC-military generals, more concerned with getting another [UNdeserved] star & preaching outlandish crt-CRAP, vs. ‘Warrior’ General Officers [IF there are any remaining in any of the Services] are a “Clear & Present Danger” to the once-great USA and to all LEGAL American citizens. With the growing divisiveness in this Country, we may have no choice than another Civil War, to rid the Country of these DISGUSTING COMMUNISTS & ILLEGAL ALIENS infiltrating virtually all aspects of OUR society, STEALING benefits meant for LEGAL AMERICANS ! ! ! ! !

Jeanine
14 days ago

Does anyone think that Bozo Biden actually knows ANYTHING…anything at all?
He a vacuumed brain case, spineless puppet. Nothing more.
The socialist slime and communist kiddos that are the puppet masters not only have no concern for the citizenry of the United States, it is pretty unlikely that the whole group of them doesn’t have two brain cells to knock together and zero synaptic energy.
Seriously, why are we letting the 5th floor try to run this great country?

Zoe Frost
14 days ago

Whoa, whoa, whoa…if the election hadn’t been stolen, there would be NO need to contact the Saudis…we WERE energy INDEPENDENT while Trump was POTUS. President Trump would NEVER have shut down pipeline(s) nor production of AMERICAN produced gas or oil, NEVER. This is a very expensive, Republic debilitating, causing suffering of Americans, endeaver from the anti American/anti Republic activities of the Commie/Globalist fraud Brandon Administration of Tyranny.

PopPopB
13 days ago
Reply to  Zoe Frost

Here is the problem, Biden wants us to cut down using oil and 0il products but dose not give us any thing to use in it’s place. How many wind turbines will it take to give New York City electric and were will they be put? How meany solar panels will it take? The man has no clue!!!!

Ken Bone
14 days ago

We were exporting oil under Trump before Biden stopped the pipeline, exploring etc. To go back to that would be great and very possible. Evidently Joe doesn’t know, or want to know what he is really doing by just being against Trump.

Willie
14 days ago

Chicken joe . He has no idea what or how to be a president. He needs to be put in a old cokes home. His wife must be proud of what she is putting her husband thru.

Joanne 4 justice
14 days ago

The one and only thing Mr Biden NEEDS TO DO IS RESIGN !!!!!!! HOWEVER , UNFORTUNATELY. his fellow SOCIALIST COMRADES ARE ALSO EVIL , AND DANGEROUS !!!!!!!! especially MR ATILLA THE HUN SOROS WHO IS the ANTICHRIST IN PERSONA !!!!!
ATTENTION DONALD TRUMP…
COME BACK ………………. SAVE USA!!!!
We NEED STRONG NO / B*****
GOOD LEADERSHIP!!!!!!!
THE POWER SEEKING , ALL CONTROLLING BULLIES NEED TO BE
CONFRONTED AND
TERMINATED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BwaHa
14 days ago

ol’ slow joe biden’s a spineless worm. Every decision he’s made has been the wrong one, IMHO.

MAGA2024! TRUMP2024!

BwaHa
14 days ago
Reply to  BwaHa

FJB! LET’S GO BRANDON!

MAGA2024! TRUMP2024!

RC100
14 days ago
Reply to  BwaHa

Obama, “Never underestimate Joe Biden’s ability to f**k things up.”

Philip Hammersley
14 days ago
Reply to  RC100

BO’s defense secretary: “Joe has been wrong on every foreign policy decision.”

Tim Toroian
14 days ago

We have never had one but a nationwide strike might get some attention and I mean everything, cops, air controllers, the whole ball of wax. Everybody except maybe doctors. Imagine what it could do for fuel inventory.

Garye
14 days ago

So even this clown joebama and his anti American useless Democrat party should be smart enough to know that the answer is energy independence!
WHO elected these idiots!

Xtech
14 days ago
Reply to  Garye

To “Build Back Better” implies that something has been or is, damaged or destroyed, and that is exactly what the Marxist Democrats are doing to the economy. This is a PLAN in action!

Xtech
14 days ago
Reply to  Xtech

(add to above) Biden is, but the real power brokers handling him are NOT idiots.

CARL TROTTER
14 days ago
Reply to  Garye

Idiots elected these IDIOTS!!!

Philip Hammersley
14 days ago
Reply to  CARL TROTTER

A lot of cemetery residents and illegal immigrants “elected” this “president.”

Hal
14 days ago

Throw in a few multistate voting citizens those mention. That’s another reason we need an election card that shows recent photo and an SSN and birthdate as well as home address which must be renewed every 4-8 years.

Jeanine
14 days ago
Reply to  Garye

They were not elected

john
14 days ago
Reply to  Garye

Brainwashed, LOW-IQ/LOW-info o-BOZO-phone sheeple-people, incapable of thinking for themselves, gimmedatz AND COMMUNIST-DEMON-c-RATZ, unfortunately, ILLEGALLY elected these IDIOTS ! ! ! ! ! !

james michalicek
14 days ago

Joe Biden. Worst president ever.

Eddie Van Halen
14 days ago

Nope. Barracks Oboingo. Hate that M F to death. He started what we are now dealing with – communism.

Hal
14 days ago

Pretty much a dead heat there. Both were crooks in of a different style. And both will be known historically as poor selections for POTUS based on their performance. I do think Joe Hidin’ Biden has the edge because anyone who cared to inform themselves about Joe HIdin’ Biden’s political career could not fairly escape his penchant for deception, lying, and crooked activity.

D Arp
10 days ago

Nope Obama trained lying thieving Joey boy Biden they are tied for the worst pieces of sewer run off that ever ruled the out house

Bill T
14 days ago

The so called GLOBALIST RESET cannot happen unless everything completely collapses and that’s especially true about our once great and free country (they must destroy our way of life and cause total independence on our completely corrupt leftist progressive socialist democrat party along with way too many RHINO traders of the Republican Party. If you believe that everything that’s happened in the last 2 years is just a coincidence then your definitely not paying attention to this administrations true sabotaging intentions.

Xtech
14 days ago
Reply to  Bill T

Spot on!! No coincidences, just a plan in action!

john
14 days ago
Reply to  Bill T

RINO . . . . TRAITORS ! ! ! ! !

Bossybabe5
14 days ago

I don’t know how valuable that Saudi oil is EXCEPT the closing of our pipeline brings us right back to depending on some Sheik thousands of miles away for oil… This man in D.C. is dangerous to the very foundation of our country and he keeps going on with no barriers, Who’s in charge of what? and Why”

H L Howell
14 days ago

Biden/obama are idiots.

BwaHa
14 days ago
Reply to  H L Howell

biden/obummer are globalists. They’re not loyal to us, our country, they’re loyal to their handlers.

Harry Guzaliak
14 days ago

Excellent Post, A must read.

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