Biden Needs to Reassess US Mideast Policy

President Biden is continuing his policy of indefinite nuclear talks with Tehran, refusing to activate Plan B until the very last moment, refusing to impose a no-fly zone in support of the emerging Iranian rebellion while failing or refusing to conclude a defense pact with Saudi Arabia. While visiting Jeddah did Biden claim that it was a mistake for the US to disengage from the Middle East, yet GCC countries are seeing no discernible changes in US policy as a result of that ostensible “realization” on his part. As a result, the Saudi-led OPEC is substantially decreasing oil production and the White House subsequently accused OPEC of aligning with Russia. The problem from the perspective of MBS and other leaders of the Arab world is that the US policy of disengaging from the Middle East has been pursued by three US presidents (Obama, Trump and Biden) out of cold calculation in pursuit of US interests. Nevertheless, there are important differences, President Trump was ready to do everything possible to ensure that as many Muslim countries as possible would normalize relations with Israel so that the region would integrate militarily with Israel and become able to defend itself against Iran. The regional strategy of the Biden administration in contrast remains predicated on appeasing Iran by relying on the entirely baseless hope that somehow Tehran in the end will want to return to the JCPOA. MBS of course keenly understands this and is therefore using the oil weapon against the US to show his intense displeasure over US regional policy. What we are witnessing is that the Biden administration is once more mismanaging US Middle East policy. No one quite understands the behavior of the Biden administration in the Middle East. The only explanation is that it is based on miscalculation where it is assumed that Iran will “soon” return to the JCPOA. This is profoundly reckless, since policy cannot be based on wishful thinking. It is unclear how MBS assesses the Iran talks and so he may immensely fear a return to the JCPOA, alternatively does he simply regard the US as completely unreliable, untrustworthy and void of honor. 

The US may find itself losing nearly all influence in the Arab world unless it changes course. Iran poses the worst national security threat against the US homeland ever in US history and Iran intends to destroy Israel and conquer the GCC countries in a major war. The Biden administration alas is not safeguarding American interests and it ought to aggressively assert the American superpower role in the Middle East while doing everything possible to strengthen Israel as the regional great power as Jerusalem is always keen to promote American interests.

Published by Daniella Bartfeld

Daniella Bartfeld is the founding director of the Aliyah Organization.

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