Do not be fooled by the deceitful Biden Administration and their accomplices in the media, who are about to perpetuate a new set of lies in order to deflect from yet another one of this administration’s disastrous foreign policy decisions.
The Saudis want nothing to do with the Biden Administration. In addition to refusing to take his calls, Saudi Arabia is now considering accepting the Chinese Yuan instead of US Dollars for sales of oil to China.
These are not sudden developments. In February, the Saudi’s refused Biden’s plea for them to increase oil production. The change in cooperative attitude with the United States follows a series of deliberate actions by the Biden Administration to shun the Saudis. Jen Psaki refused to acknowledge them (or Israel) as important allies just a month after Joe Biden took office. But the real schism happened within days of the failed president’s inauguration.
After he took office, the nation and world watched the Biden Administration’s next attempt to play savior-messiah to a problem it had a hand in creating, while scapegoating former President Trump as the villain — once again.
Prior to being sworn into his position, in an article by Intelligencer incoming Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said that the Biden Administration would end U.S. support for Saudi Arabia against Houthi rebels in Yemen. Furthermore, Blinken stated that the Biden Administration would immediately review the Trump Administration’s designation of Houthi Rebels as a terrorist organization, in what the Biden team called a “spiteful” move by Trump. The aversion to Trump’s decision was further corroborated by the Biden State Department in an article by CNN.
There are two points of contention, however, with the statements by the Biden Administration.
First, the article by Intelligencer only passively alludes to the U.S. involvement beginning under the Obama-Biden Administration, and the CNN article doesn’t mention that fact at all. The truth is that the U.S. became involved in the Saudi-Yemen conflict under the Obama-Biden Administration in March 2015, in direct support of Saudi Arabia who was attempting to restore the legitimate government of Yemen that had been overthrown by the Houthi Rebels. In October 2016, the U.S. began directly engaging the Houthis in counterterrorism operations after they fired cruise missiles at U.S. warships off the coast of Yemen, according to this article by ABC News.
The second point of contention is that it was, again, the Obama-Biden Administration that first acknowledged the true terror threat posed by the Houthis in Yemen. In early April 2015, the Navy seized weapons from Iran that were bound for the Houthis in Yemen. Just a few days later, while appearing on PBS News Hour, then Secretary of State John Kerry acknowledged Iran’s role in Yemen. You can watch that interview or read the transcript here.
Iran’s involvement is relevant, of course, because Iran is on the list of Terrorist States by the State Department. Another ally of the Houthis, Hezbollah, is also closely tied to Iran and also designated as a foreign terrorist organization. With few other allies, it’s simple to draw the common denominator between the three — terrorism against the United States. Since 2003, the Houthis motto has been, “God is great, death to the US, death to Israel, curse the Jews, and victory for Islam.”
During a White House press briefing in March 2015, the Obama Administration directly admits the US role and counterterrorism policy in Yemen.
Further supporting the allegations of a formal terrorist designation, are the many human rights abuses committed by the Houthis, including the enlistment of child soldiers in their combat operations. This was documented by the international watchdog Human Rights Watch in April 2015, and was first revealed to the U.S. State Department in a Classified transmission from U.S. Ambassador to Yemen, Stephen Seche, in 2009. (Document sourced from Wikileaks).
These facts are all important for two reasons: It was the Obama-Biden Administration who initiated the U.S. involvement toward violence in Yemen — not President Trump. And, the Houthi Rebels are, as the Trump Administration appropriately designated them, a terrorist organization.
The United States has lost its position of strength under the Biden Administration, and has set US foreign policy back decades. The Middle East has largely been a region of widespread violence and political disorder for centuries, but under the Trump Administration the world began to see some softening of the turmoil. In addition to his aggressive pursuit of terrorists in the region, Trump also brokered historic peace deals between former rivals.
The previous administration’s progress has been unraveling every since the current Administration began reversing policy decisions not out of productive logic, but out of spite. The effect on American interests will damage everything from the US diplomatic vanity projects (veiled as humanitarian missions), to the influence of natural resources that are rich to the region.
This was set in motion by the mess that the Biden Administration has made of the situation in Yemen. This move has not only empowered the Houthis to increase their acts of terrorism, but it has also given the Chinese and the Russians an opportunity to stand in defense of Saudi Arabia, filling the void left by the Biden Administration toward one of the most important and crucial US allies in the region.
The Houthis in Yemen are largely supported by Iran, a country who also has strong ties to Syria as well as the Hezbollah terrorist group in Lebanon. And, Russia. Iranian proxy forces in the Middle East have been the most effective source of destabilization in the region for the past two decades. Iranian proxy forces are also responsible for numerous attacks on US forces in Iraq.
Where does Russia fit into all of that? Since the fall of the former Soviet Union, Iran and Russia have maintained cooperative relations as strategic allies. Iran and Russia have also been military allies in the conflict in Syria.
Furthermore, because of Western economic sanctions on Iran, Russia has become a key trading partner, especially in regard to oil reserves. Iran is also the only country in Western Asia that has been invited to join the CSTO, Russia’s own international treaty organization in response to NATO. Indeed, the two counties are powerful allies.
Russia has also been replacing the US as the key strategic ally of Turkey for the past year. This has begin to create a shift of Turkish loyalty, which should be cause for concern. Turkey is a gateway nation in the Middle East, and the US has had military installations there for decades — that could be in jeopardy as relations strengthen between Russia and Turkey. The growing relationship between these two nations is evident (and impactful) in Russia’s current war in Ukraine, as thus far Turkey has refused to stop Russian warships passing through the Dardanelles and the Bosphorus Straits, on their way into the Black Sea and Sea of Azov for Russian Naval Operations against Ukrainian coastal cities like Mariupol, Odessa, Kherson, and Melitopol.
Russia’s unique position as an ally of Iran gives them a stronger voice to reign in the terrorist acts of Iranian proxies like the Houthis in Yemen, while at the same time Putin can Court the Saudis, who the US has abandoned in the fight against their terrorist neighbors. Russia has also now established productive relations with Turkey, who suddenly finds themselves with more reason to ally with Saudi Arabia. While the two countries already have strong economic relations, their diplomatic relations have been strained in the past. Now, however, both face a common enemy — Iranian proxies. Just as they Saudis fight against Iranian-backed Houthis, the Turks find themselves in skirmishes with Iranian-backed terrorist factions in Syria and Iraq.
Russia is the gatekeeper in all of these regions, as they have maintained strategic relationships with all parties wile they watch DC pretty boys like Jake Sullivan chase his tail in circles trying to cover another failed US foreign policy flop.
US involvement in the Saudi-Yemeni conflict is certainly one to be fairly debated, but we cannot ignore the truth of how that involvement came to be, nor can we ignore the fact that Biden’s desire to appeal to radical Islamists in congress left the Saudis with little inclination or incentive to answer Biden’s calls for a favor just one year later. Biden owns this mess with the Saudis, not Putin, and certainly not Trump. Whatever lies are about to be propagated by the White House, these facts remain unchanged.