Taking off from a runway promising to force a Saudi royal family with “very little social redeeming value” to “pay the price, and make them in fact the pariah that they are,” the president’s flight to Saudi Arabia was declared “a defeat for Mr. Biden” by the New York Times before his plane had even touched the landing strip. It got worse.
Biden’s flight to Saudi Arabia as a supplicant seeking oil and a reorientation of relations was, as the Times article said, “a personal and political triumph for Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.” The Saudis, banished from the international community, only had to wait for Biden to need their oil and call his bluff. Mohammed bin Salman was no longer a pariah: He was a head of state meeting with the president of the United States.
A reset of relations was the primary victory for Saudi Arabia. But they got more. They got a public reaffirmation of the value the U.S. places on their relationship. The two countries’ joint statement reiterated and expanded their “strategic partnership.” Calling it “a cornerstone of regional security,” they promised to “continue to strengthen their strategic partnership.” Not bad for a supposed pariah.
They also got a “commitment to supporting Saudi Arabia’s security and territorial defense, and facilitating the Kingdom’s ability to obtain necessary capabilities to defend its people and territory against external threats.” That is a promise to continue to sell arms to the Saudis. The Biden administration is already considering lifting its ban on selling offensive weapons to Saudi Arabia.
And they got a renewed commitment from the administration to support Saudi Arabia as the dominant power in the region in an anti-Iran coalition. The joint statement “underscored the need to further deter Iran’s interference in the internal affairs of other countries, its support for […]
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