Trump’s foreign policy left the US not with more influence in the world, but less and it seems that the team around Biden acknowledges the urgent need to embark on a major overhaul of US foreign policy machinery in the Persian Gulf, and namely vis-à-vis the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA).
In the first days of Biden’s presidency, it was widely believed that his administration would take a somehow hard line against Saudi ambitious Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (also known as MBS), whereas Donald Trump ignominiously provided immense support to MBS’ military aggression against Yemen.
Yet in recent weeks, Biden and despite the Saudi murderous rage in Yemen has softened his fiery rhetoric against KSA, insisted that his disagreements with the Saudi baby-killing regime have not fractured the strategic US-KSA alliance, based on a common concern over Iran!
Biden’s shameful reluctance to confront MBS over his direct role in the brutal murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and other Saudi human rights abuses is part of the United States broader failure in correcting Washington’s political trajectory in the volatile Middle-East region.
The White House refrained from harshly criticizing MBS and condemning the Saudi notorious war on Yemen in order not to upset the future arms deals with KSA, observers say. These days, American citizens lambast Biden for his continued alliance with Saudi Arabia, fully aware that the Saudi regime is the godfather to terrorists everywhere. Biden is also aware of the fact that Saudi Arabia turned a blind eye to the Saudi-born hijackers involved in the September 11 attacks.
Yet, Saudi Arabia is America’s largest arms market by far and “Money Talks First”!