It is too late for Joe Biden or any other president to restore America’s leadership in the Middle East

The nation’s image has been dealt a blow. Global trust in its resolve is fading, and domestic police, health and economic reforms have become the pressing priorities for all Americans

Over the last 30 years, there are two military incidents in particular that define the US approach to the Middle East. Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait in 1990 marked the beginning of the US military existence in the Gulf and a more assertive policy towards the region. And last September, the US’s inaction to defend Saudi Arabia from the attack against the Abqaiq and Khurais oil facilities marks the nation’s retreat.

In 1990, President George H W Bush was keen to uphold America’s new role as the enforcer of international norms, as well as maintain the power balance, oil, and Israel’s security. Yet in the past three years, Trump has seemed ready to turn his back on these crucial security and strategic objectives.

A President Joe Biden won’t try to send 100,000 troops to the region as Bush once did. These days are over. Neither will he adopt Donald Trump’s apathy


2 replies

  1. So who else is the honest broker if US is not trustworthy anymore? Russia? the mayhem Russia has created in Syria and Libya is there for everyone to see. To be honest the damage and the destruction the middle eastern countries have caused themselves to each other is far more than any harm caused by the outsiders.

    • Reminds me again of the sentence that the now disgraced Dr. Tarik Ramadan mentioned in an Al Jazeera interview: We are being destabilized because we are de-stabilizable just as we were colonized because we were colonizable.

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