Joe Biden is only 37 days into his presidency, and he is already screwing up royally. He is bombing Syria, calling our enemies while snubbing Israel, trying to restart the disastrous Iran Nuclear Deal, and now giving the Saudi crown prince a pass for murder.
Endless War in the Middle East
All of the Democrat voters who believed that Biden wouldn’t be a pro-war president have gotten a real wakeup call this week. Even far-left commentator Cenk Uygur called Biden out on Twitter, writing: “So, @JoeBiden bombs Syria and kills the minimum wage hike, confirming every fear progressives had. Soon they’ll renege on getting $2000 checks to everyone in the middle class by limiting who gets it (to appease their donors). The establishment is back! And it absolutely sucks.”
So, @JoeBiden bombs Syria and kills the minimum wage hike, confirming every fear progressives had. Soon they'll renege on getting $2000 checks to everyone in the middle class by limiting who gets it (to appease their donors). The establishment is back! And it absolutely sucks.
— Cenk Uygur (@cenkuygur) February 26, 2021
Luke Rudkowski, founder of independent media organization We Are Change, shared a tweet by Joe Biden that definitely didn’t age well. “As President, I will use military power responsibly and as a last resort. We will not go back to forever wars in the Middle East,” Biden wrote.
This aged badly but anyone paying attention knew it was a lie from the beginning. pic.twitter.com/WwBhp8J4ey
— Luke Rudkowski (@Lukewearechange) February 26, 2021
Clearly, Joe Biden doesn’t keep his promises.
The Murder of Jamal Khashoggi
A U.S. intelligence report released on February 26 showed that Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman directly signed off on the operation which led to the murder and dismemberment of Jamal Khashoggi in 2018.
According to the Washington Post, the report states:
“We assess that Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman approved an operation in Istanbul, Turkey to capture or kill [Khashoggi]. Since 2017, the Crown Prince has had absolute control of the Kingdom’s security and intelligence organizations, making it highly unlikely that Saudi officials would have carried out an operation of this nature without the Crown Prince’s authorization.”
Instead of risking the relationship between the United States and Saudi Arabia, the Biden administration wants to have it both ways. Secretary of State Antony Blinken issued a statement vowing “accountability for the murder” of Khashoggi, who was a Washington Post columnist and friend of Osama Bin Laden.
In the statement, Blinken announced a “Khashoggi Ban,” which gives the State Department the authority to impose visa restrictions on individuals who the agency believes are involved in the type of “extraterritorial counter-dissident activities” such as what happened to Khashoggi. The problem is, the ban doesn’t apply to Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman, colloquially known as MBS, the man who signed off on the murder.
After being asked why the Biden administration did not directly sanction MBS for the murder, Blinken’s response was that the actions being taken were designed “not to rupture the [Saudi] relationship but to recalibrate it.”
It was already obvious that the Biden administration is soft on terrorism after Biden announced his intention to re-enter the Iran Nuclear Deal, but this new information just confirms it. The fact that the administration refused to sanction a prominent foreign official for signing off on murder gives the American people a window into the foreign policy they can expect to see for the next four years.