Biden is eroding Trump’s Middle East peace pact — and endangering the US


Last week, Greece announced it will be sending US-made Patriot anti-missile batteries and troopers to man them to Saudi Arabia, to interchange US-manned Patriots the Biden administration withdrew in April. 

It was a momentous growth in the quickly altering geopolitical atmosphere of the Middle East, and acquired zero protection in the company media in the United States. When Greece steps as much as fill the vacuum left by a US pullout, it offers you a measure of simply how far the United States has retreated from the world stage over the previous 9 months. 

This is not the Greece of Alexander the Great, however at this time’s Greece. Nearly bankrupt only a few years in the past, Greece has now changed the United States as defender of the world’s largest oil producer. Ouch. 

Team Biden has been upset with Saudi Arabia from day one. In February, they admonished the Saudis for his or her battle towards the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in neighboring Yemen and minimize off pending US arms deliveries to the Kingdom. They additionally snubbed Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman for his involvement in the grisly homicide of Washington Post columnist Jamal Ahmad Khashoggi, a Qatari-aligned Saudi dissident.

While the crown prince is actually no angel, Biden’s resolution to outwardly alienate the Saudis has real-world implications. With the US turnover of Afghanistan to the Taliban, one other Qatar-ally, a sample is starting to emerge: This administration foolishly prefers Sunni Muslim jihadis and Iranian mullahs constructing nuclear weapons over conventional allies of the United States who oppose a nuclear-armed Iran.

President Trump after helping negotiate the groundbreaking Abraham Accords with the leaders of Israel, the UAE, Bahrain and Morocco last year.
President Trump after serving to negotiate the groundbreaking Abraham Accords with the leaders of Israel, the UAE, Bahrain and Morocco final yr.
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The dismissal of those allies is also seen in the means Washington merely ignored the first anniversary of the groundbreaking Abraham Accords negotiated by the Trump administration and the governments of Israel, the UAE, Bahrain and Morocco final yr. 

Presented to the public with pomp and ceremony by then-President Donald Trump at the White House on Sept. 15, 2020, nobody in DC appeared to recall them only one yr later. 

The solely official ceremony attended by a Biden administration consultant was held at the United Nations in New York amongst UN ambassadors. 

US Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield muttered praise for the agreement but refused to call it by its name.
US Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield muttered reward for the settlement however refused to name it by its title.
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While US Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield muttered reward for the settlement, she “purposefully abstained” from utilizing the time period “Abraham Accords,” in line with the Times of Israel, and rapidly turned to the Israeli-Palestinian battle. It was exactly the lack of progress in these talks — stalled for years due to Palestinian refusal to simply accept the Jewish state, curb terrorism and anti-Semitic teachings in authorities faculties — that led Trump aide Jared Kushner to look additional afield to widen the circle of peace. 

Already in 2018, UAE chief Mohammad bin Zayed was telling American creator and evangelical chief Joel Rosenberg that he wished to “be the next” to make peace with the Jewish State. 

In only one yr, commerce between Israel and the UAE has skyrocketed, climbing from $51 million for the first seven months of 2020, earlier than the accords, to almost $614 million throughout the identical interval this yr. And although Saudi Arabia didn’t be a part of the settlement, the Kingdom allowed Israeli and Emirati industrial jets to fly over its territory inside weeks of it being signed. 

Greece is now sending American-made Patriot missiles to Saudi Arabia instead of the US.
Greece is now sending American-made Patriot missiles to Saudi Arabia as an alternative of the US.
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These aren’t mere coincidences, however a part of a geopolitical worldview held by Team Biden that subordinates the safety of the United States and our allies to self-avowed enemies reminiscent of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the newly reborn Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan. 

To its credit score, the Biden White House — to this point, a minimum of — has not criticized Greece for serving to Saudi Arabia defend itself from the Iranian missiles hitting its capitol. Perhaps National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan is nonetheless making an attempt to determine how a tiny celebration island like Mykonos acquired Patriot missiles. 

Kenneth R. Timmerman is the best-selling creator of “ISIS Begins: A Novel of the Iraq War.” He lectured on Iran at the Pentagon’s Joint Counter-Intelligence Training Academy from 2010-2016.