The Globalist American Empire (GAE) suffers yet another bodyblow:
Saudi and UAE leaders are refusing to take Biden’s calls as the US president tries to contain surging oil prices, according to the Wall Street Journal, which adds that the Persian Gulf monarchies have signaled “they won’t help ease surging oil prices unless Washington supports them in Yemen, elsewhere.”
“There was some expectation of a phone call, but it didn’t happen,” said one US official of a planned discussion between Biden and the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. “It was part of turning on the spigot [of Saudi oil].”
The U.A.E.’s Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al Nahyan also ghosted Biden in recent weeks according to Middle East and US officials.
Yet, both Prince Mohammed and Sheikh Mohammed took phone calls from Russian President Vladimir Putin after declining to speak with Biden, according to the WSJ. They also spoke with Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelensky.
Biden was able to get through to Prince Mohammed’s 86-year-old father on Feb. 9, however the U.A.E.’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the call between Mr. Biden and Sheikh Mohammed would need to be rescheduled, according to the report.
What do they get out of it?
As the Journal notes, “The Saudis have signaled that their relationship with Washington has deteriorated under the Biden administration, and they want more support for their intervention in Yemen’s civil war, help with their own civilian nuclear program as Iran’s moves ahead, and legal immunity for Prince Mohammed in the U.S., Saudi officials said. The crown prince faces multiple lawsuits in the U.S., including over the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018.”
There’s the ask.
Meanwhile, the Emiratis share Saudi concerns about the less-than-adequate level of engagement by the US regarding recent missile strikes by Iran-backed Houthi militants in Yemen against both the UAE and Saudi Arabia. The two kingdoms are also concerned about the revival of the Iran nuclear deal – which is in its ‘final stages of negotiations,’ yet does zero to address their security concerns.
So for those keeping track, while the west has continued to insist that Russia is isolated – and make no mistake, these sanctions will be immediately crippling – if one considers the population and resources which originate in China, India, Brazil and the Middle East kingdoms – basically half the world’s population and those who control most of the world’s commodities aren’t on board with punishing Putin or easing the situation to the west’s benefit.
And as the Journal points out, “Saudi Arabia and the U.A.E. are the only two major oil producers that can pump millions of more barrels of more oil—a capacity that, if used, could help calm the crude market at a time when American gasoline prices are at high levels.”
Biden can’t even get the Saudis to return his calls.
Why have relations between the US and the Saudis taken such a turn for the worse? Probably because Biden has gone out of his way to alienate them:
Biden released an intelligence report shortly after taking office which concluded that the 2018 Istanbul murder of WaPo journalist Jamal Khashoggi was approved by Prince Mohammed – who has denied knowledge of the plot despite close associates having been convicted in Saudi court over the the journalist’s death.
The US president also slammed Saudi Arabia over its long war in Yemen, and cut off weapons that the Saudis were using to target Houthis. Biden also removed Houthis from a list of global terrorist groups, after former President Trump added them.
And on Monday (after Biden was ghosted), White House spox Jen Psaki confirmed that Biden stood by his view that the Saudis should be treated like a “pariah,” and that their leadership has ‘little redeeming social value.’
In an interview with the Atlantic magazine published last week, Prince Mohammed said when asked if Biden misunderstood him: “Simply, I do not care,” adding that the US president shouldn’t have alienated Saudi leaders. “It’s up to him to think about the interests of America,” he said, adding “Go for it.”
So, perhaps don’t call the country that could bail you out of an oil crunch a “pariah” if you might require their assistance.
Now Biden is calling them, begging them to provide some relief to soaring oil prices by increasing output.
And they won’t even give him the time of day.
This is humiliation.
America’s global influence and power is plummeting by the day, and we are increasingly spurned by non-NATO countries.
They no longer fear us. They no longer feel compelled to go along with our plans and demands.
Russia has showed the world that America can be spurned. We are no longer in charge.