In his first Middle East trip as the President of the United States, Biden is visiting the occupied Palestine, the West Bank and Saudi Arabia on July 13-16.
Saudi Arabia ignored US demand for oil production increase during the Ukraine war, as Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) refused to take Biden’s call.
Biden’s trip to Saudi Arabia implies this message that the US seeks other ways when its interests are endangered and this time, Washington needs to increase global oil production to manage energy prices.
The Washington Post wrote in an article that the trip shows that the US’ claims on human rights values were valid only when its economic interests are not in danger and that Washington would leave its values for cheap energy.
On his campaign trail, Biden had denounced MBS for his role in the assassination of Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, saying that Saudi Arabia should be made a “pariah nation”, but now he is going to shake hands with MBS.
Breitbart revealed on Tuesday that Biden appeared to have ignored a request from the widow of murdered Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi to meet with her before his trip to Saudi Arabia.
Biden will also try to normalize the Zionist regime’s ties with Saudi Arabia, as revealed by Axios, supported by many reports by Zionist media on the transition in Saudi-Israeli relations.
Experts say that Riyadh was not still ready for normalization with the Zionist regime, but they could have military cooperation. The regime is trying to make a military agreement with Saudi Arabia under US supervision to sell its anti-missile systems to the kingdom.
The Biden administration is advancing two projects simultaneously: Russophobia in Europe and Iranophobia in the Middle East. Both projects aim at pulling the US out of self-made crises.
The Iranophobia project is being progressed by introducing Iran as a threat to the region and creating a coalition of Arab nations and the Zionist regime to thwart Iran’s regional influence.
Despite his condemnation of Donald Trump’s maximum pressure policy against Iran and admission of its failure, Biden has kept moving with the same policy, failing to fulfil his campaign promise to rejoin the JCPOA.
“With respect to Iran, we reunited with allies and partners in Europe and around the world to reverse our isolation; now it is Iran that is isolated until it returns to the nuclear deal my predecessor abandoned with no plan for what might replace it,” Biden wrote in an op-ed in The Washington Post.
He also mentioned the IAEA Board of Governor’s resolution against Iran, saying that over 30 countries joined the US to condemn Iran’s lack of cooperation with the agency.
“My administration will continue to increase diplomatic and economic pressure until Iran is ready to return to compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal, as I remain prepared to do,” he added.
Iran has made it clear that it was the US that violated the JCPOA and the UN Security Council resolution endorsing the deal by withdrawing from it in 2018 and resuming sanctions against Iran.
Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Naser Kanani said that week that the US policy regarding Iran is doomed to fail, as it contradicts the US alleged objectives to establish peace and stability in the Middle East.
In conclusion, the US presence in Iraq and Afghanistan in the last two decades has proven that foreign presence provides no help for establishing security and stability and serves as an escalation factor itself.
The security in the West Asia necessitates intraregional understanding and solving the crises in the US requires a leader not a “lame duck” in words of Jim Hightower of Common Dreams website.