Mitchell Plitnick examines the Trump administration’s decision to recognize Moroccan sovereignty over Western Sahara:
The agreement with Morocco combines the worst of both the Abraham Accords with the UAE and Bahrain and the agreement with Sudan. It also tramples on international law, and provides yet another example of the Trump administration paying far more than necessary for a meager gain.
The Morocco deal may be the tawdriest and ugliest of the various agreements that the Trump administration has announced over the last few months. In exchange for some modest concessions (liaison offices, direct flights, etc.) to Israel, the U.S. has made a major change in policy and abandoned a position it has held for decades at the expense of an oppressed people. The Trump administration has endorsed another illegal occupation, further making a mockery of our government’s claims to respect international law and the principle of self-determination. The U.S. has paid a high price for very little, and the U.S. itself will receive nothing except well-deserved opprobrium. It is hardly a triumph of diplomacy to give one state everything it could possibly want while obtaining nothing for one’s own country.
Yep. Trump and Kushner were desperate for another deal, and Morocco used it to get one of its core foreign policy priorities, all for “normalizing” relations that in a lot of ways are already pretty normal. https://t.co/KCfIY71dB6
— Andrew Lebovich (@tweetsintheME) December 11, 2020