The Saudi’s have OIL….
LOTS of it…..
End of story…..
It’s about the Greater Good……
And something people might be missing here…
President Joe Biden HAS BEEN doing a Damn good job for America in International Affairs….
After Trump’s money based efforts?
Biden has put things back together in Europe and is now working on the Middle East….
He did Asia last week…..
“My views on Khashoggi have been absolutely, positively clear and I have never been quiet about talking about human rights,” he said in response to a question. “The reason I’m going to Saudi Arabia is to promote U.S. interests in a way that I think we have an opportunity to reassert our influence in the Middle East.”
Biden also said alienating the Saudis would contribute to a leadership vacuum and added “I always bring up human rights,” though he never explicitly said he would bring up Khashoggi’s killing….
The White House has since confirmed the meeting with MBS, saying that Biden will encounter the crown prince as part of a bilateral meeting with Saudi King Salman and the country’s broader leadership team.
During a Thursday meeting with Lapid earlier in the day, Biden spoke of the collaboration needed to stabilize the region, and to ensure that Iran will never obtain a nuclear weapon.
“This is a vital security interest to both Israel and the United States and I would add for the rest of the world as well,” he said.
He said that it would be the principal message in his meeting with the Saudis.
“When I see the Saudi leadership tomorrow, I’ll be carrying a direct message,” Biden said. “A message of peace and of the extraordinary opportunities a more stable integrated region could bring to the region and, quite frankly, to the rest of the world.”
Still, his decision to share space with MBS has been a lightning rod…..
image…Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid listens as President Biden speaks during a virtual summit with the leaders of India and the United Arab Emirates in Jerusalem, July 14. (Evan Vucci/AP)