"Autumn of the patriarchs."
The imperium's late-stage paralysis.
26 OCTOBER—When the Jordanian king, Abdullah II, cancels a planned summit with President Biden, when Abdel Fattah al–Sisi, the Egyptian president, declines to meet the U.S. leader, when Mahmoud Abbas, the head of the Palestinian Authority, will not take Biden’s telephone calls: Given the extraordinary rejections that greeted Joe Biden during his days in West Asia last week, it is time to conclude the renewed violence between Israel and Gaza has cost the Biden regime a lot of friends in a region where Washington’s influence was once without challenge.
Let us dilate the lens. Xi Jinping, the Chinese president, stopped talking to Biden months ago. Vladimir Putin has made it clear severally he sees no point speaking or meeting with Biden because, the Russian president has said on numerous occasions, it is impossible to take Biden at his word. The Biden White House’s grand plan to sponsor the normalization of Israel’s relations with the Saudi kingdom—whose de facto leader, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, is openly contemptuous of President Biden—now appears all but dead.
Joe Biden and his top national security people, notably Secretary of State Antony Blinken and National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan, began making a mess of U.S. foreign policy as soon as Biden assumed office in January 2021. This was first evident in its initial contacts with China, in March of that year, but was obvious in the case of Russia a couple of months later. Now we see the disaster of the Biden regime’s incompetence in matters of state on full display in West Asia. Why? How do we explain the shocking ineptitude of these people as they conduct America’s relations with the rest of the world? These are our questions.