Can Biden Improve Relations With Saudi Arabia During Middle East Trip?

Headline Roundup June 14th, 2022

President Joe Biden will meet with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman during his mid-July trip to the Middle East, which some analysts believe could loosen tensions with Saudi Arabia.

During his presidential campaign, Biden pledged to make Saudi Arabia a "pariah state" due to their stance on certain human rights issues. However, given the circumstances brought by Putin's invasion of Ukraine, Biden is looking to recalibrate the long-standing U.S.-Saudi relationship. Some of Biden's likely objectives include lowering prices on Saudi oil imports, clarifying America's role in the Iran–Saudi Arabia proxy conflict and convincing Prince Mohammed to place economic sanctions on Russia.

Voices on both side of the spectrum shared the sentiment that Biden attempting to improve relations with the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia is "a beguiling and even stirring idea." While some left-rated voices highlighted Biden's meeting with Prince Mohammed as "a betrayal," others saw this move as Biden "sacrificing his values" in the interest of "realism" given Saudi Arabia's key position as "the second-largest oil-producing country." Right-rated voices were more likely to accentuate that Biden hasn't been very "effective at protecting U.S. interests" but that his trip to "patch up" relations with Saudi Arabia makes "strategic and economic sense" — even if that means "offending his party’s left."

From the Left
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OPINION

The U.S.-Saudi relationship has lately endured some of the worst tensions in its history. But President Joe Biden’s first visit to the Middle East next month, with stops in Israel and Saudi Arabia, offers a surprising opportunity — if both sides will take it.

A wide range of issues have stoked disagreement and mistrust between the longtime partners: Iran nuclear talks, the war in Yemen, the Saudi posture on U.S. rivals Russia and China, human rights (including the murder of Jamal Khashoggi), social reform in the Kingdom, oil production and...

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From the Center
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OPINION

Tariffs are wrong. The US should continue its role as security guarantor of the free world. Truth is objective and not relative or “constructed”.

That is a far from exhaustive list of the epiphanies that some progressives waited until the Donald Trump years to have. The former US president’s underrated gift to politics was, at least on some issues, a better, harder-headed left.

Saudi Arabia wasn’t one of them. Here, the itch to oppose Trump, who courted the kingdom, boxed the left into a position of impractical righteousness. Joe Biden...

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From the Right
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The White House confirmed Tuesday that President Biden will travel to Saudi Arabia next month, though the left was already criticizing the trip before it was formally announced. While his trip makes strategic and economic sense, it would be less embarrassing now if Mr. Biden had been more realistic about the world from day one.

Mr. Biden came into office bowing to the left’s disdain for Riyadh without appreciating the strategic need for Arab allies in the Gulf. As a candidate hevowedto make Saudi Arabia “pay the price and make them,...

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