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The crown princes of Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi have in recent days reportedly refused to speak with U.S. President Joe Biden, despite his desperate desire for more of their oil, preferring instead to speak with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“There was some expectation of a phone call, but it didn’t happen. It was part of turning on the spigot [of oil],” one U.S. official told The Wall Street Journal.
This veritable “let’s go Brandon” moment from Saudi crown prince Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Emirate of Abu Dhabi crown prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al Nahyan is a consequence of their shared displeasure with the president’s foreign policy decisions.
According to several U.S. and Saudi officials who spoke with The Wall Street Journal, the “Saudis have signaled that their relationship with Washington has deteriorated under the Biden administration.”
“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.,” the Journal reported Tuesday.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) September 21, 2019
Prince Mohammed has reportedly been linked to the 2018 assassination of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, ergo his desire for “legal immunity.”
The Emiratis “share Saudi concerns about the restrained U.S. response to recent missile strikes by Iran-backed Houthi militants in Yemen against the U.A.E. and Saudi Arabia,” according to the Post.
And both the Saudis and the Emiratis are “concerned about the revival of the Iran nuclear deal, which doesn’t address other security concerns of theirs and has entered the final stages of negotiations in recent weeks.”
This shared displeasure poses an extraordinary political risk for Biden, who on Tuesday formally banned imports of Russian oil, sending U.S. gas prices skyrocketing.
Buckle up! Biden expected to announce ban on Russian energy imports https://t.co/2XFLaTXeE3
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) March 8, 2022
Yet immediately after the president unilaterally banned Russian oil and sent gas prices skyrocketing, he claimed in remarks to the media that he “can’t do much right now” about rising gas prices, essentially arguing that “Russia is responsible” for his decision.
The remarks provoked a torrent of backlash.
Look (*Language warning):
— Defiant L’s (@DefiantLs) March 8, 2022
No @POTUS Russia is not responsible. YOU and your shifty policies are responsible. Stop using this situation as a way to play the blame game and as an excuse that you’re a shitty President with zero compassion for anyone that’s struggling. People are tired of trying. Trump 2024!! https://t.co/Xk3nx6mrjE
— Jane (@dyejane83) March 9, 2022
No, you insufferable asswipe, Russia isn’t responsible. YOU ARE. Trying to force people into the kind of energy YOU want AGAINST our will. You forget that you’re supposed to bea public servant. The only one you’re serving is yourself. FUCK YOU @POTUS
— Joe Myers (@JoeMyer72364259) March 9, 2022
@POTUS ==> No, #Dickhead – YOU’RE RESPONSIBLE. Keystone would have been nice to have if you hadn’t stopped it. Lots of oil in the US, but you’ve stopped/limited that, too. Showing your weakness in Afghanistan emboldened Russia to do what they’re doing now.
— Gus McCrae (@GusMcCrae8) March 9, 2022
You need to resign immediately. You’re absolutely worthless and continue to be on the wrong side of every foreign policy decision you’ve been involved in. And stop lying that your administration is NOT responsible for the rising gas prices .
— eagerbeaver (@eagerbe26187535) March 9, 2022
— FrankieNYLI (@Frankie66000319) March 9, 2022
Much of the anger stems from the president’s stubborn refusal to embrace domestic oil/gas production, lest it exacerbate the alleged threat of man-made climate change.
Making matters worse, the president and his administration refuse to admit that they’ve purposefully made domestic oil/gas production significantly harder than before thanks to their bevy of unnecessary new regulations.
As previously reported, “The White House has repeatedly suggested the private sector can boost oil supply amid surging gas prices, but industry groups have countered that the administration has placed hurdles for new drilling.”
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) March 8, 2022
Biden inexplicably believes the solution to America’s current energy woes lies elsewhere, namely in the hands of men like Prince Mohammed, Sheikh Mohammed and even Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro.
“Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Monday acknowledged reports that the Administration had sent emissaries to [the Venezuelan capital of] Caracas to discuss “energy security.” The Administration may ease sanctions on Venezuelan oil to replace lost Russian supply, which buyers are shunning due to sanctions risk,” according to the Post.
The president’s bizarre behavior has inspired some, including members of his own party, to ask why he’s so bent out of shape about Russia’s alleged war crimes yet perfectly willing to excuse the alleged war crimes of the world’s many other dictators:
Congressmember @Ilhan Omar says the U.S. shouldn’t go to Saudi Arabia for more oil if it stops buying energy from Russia, noting that both countries are waging wars on their neighbors.
“Our dependency on oil means we depend on tyrants,” says Omar. pic.twitter.com/yyx6erAY8S
— Democracy Now! (@democracynow) March 8, 2022
Democrat Sen. Bob Menendez criticizes Joe Biden for considering buying oil from Venezuela’s Maduro regime:
“You don’t have to go to a dictator that ultimately has created enormous consequences for his people, that kills people, that imprisons them…” pic.twitter.com/oUrAiJ2EkH
— America Rising (@AmericaRising) March 8, 2022
Does this mean that the US will instead buy oil from narco-mafia, Putin ally, dictator Maduro who has been accused of crimes against humanity by the UN and is also under investigation by the International Criminal Court? What about the Venezuelan people? Business as usual? https://t.co/4lQoMBWk1n
— Gabriela Montero (@monterogabriela) March 8, 2022
A sanction on Russian oil MUST be met with a boost in American energy production. Cutting off Putin’s American piggy bank just to give that money to Maduro for Venezuelan oil is NOT the answer – DRILL HERE, DRILL NOW!
— Kristi Noem (@KristiNoem) March 8, 2022
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