President Biden has embarked on his most shameful presidential trip; indeed, one of the most shameful in presidential history.
He’s going to, among other things, beg Saudi ruler Mohammed bin Salman, (MbS), for more oil to offset soaring gas prices that threaten a November rout of Democrats in the mid-terms November 8.
During his 2020 campaign, Bided promised to reverse Trump’s embrace of MbS who had ordered a chop shop job on US resident journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018 simply because he criticized the Saudi government. Biden called MbS a ‘pariah’ and took office shunning him like the monster he is.
But when Biden launched his proxy war against Russia over their invasion of Ukraine, he pivoted to embrace the murderous ruler of the 7th most repressive nation on earth https://freedomhouse.org/country/saudi-arabia/freedom-world/2022
Biden has near totally boxed himself into high gas prices thru the November election and likely into the ’24 presidential election with a perfect storm of disastrous foreign policies.
Even before cutting off Russian oil in a futile attempt to end their Ukraine invasion, Biden stupidly maintained long standing oil embargoes against big producers Venezuela and Iran, who represent no threat to the US whatsoever. Add Russia to the embargo and it’s no wonder the gas spigot is down to a drip for the self-destructive US.
But all of Biden’s groveling before world head chopper No. 1 won’t do much good, The Saudis are making tons of dough from rising oil prices. Increasing production will just lower the price per barrel. Besides, why would MbS do anything to help Biden who slimed him as a pariah during the campaign.
Meanwhile, Russia is selling oceans of oil to India, China and other nations who want nothing to do with America’s disastrous ‘sanction everybody’ foreign policy.
By groveling before MbS, Biden is putting his head on the chopping block of shame. Fortunately for him, it’s just a figurative one.
Walt Zlotow became involved in antiwar activities upon entering University of Chicago in 1963. He is current president of the West Suburban Peace Coalition based in the Chicago western suburbs. He blogs daily on antiwar and other issues at www.heartlandprogressive.blogspot.com.