US relations with Saudi Arabia are at an all-time low after Biden threatened the oil-rich nation for not complying with his demands.
The Biden Administration continues its case study on what NOT to do in international relations. Less than a week ago Biden was begging the Saudis to increase oil production now so that gas prices in the US would remain below the all-time highs set earlier in the year.
Unfortunately for Biden, the Saudis didn’t make any changes based on his request.
Biden’s reaction to all of this is to threaten the Saudis.
News of the president’s latest plans for oil come he announced said he would ‘reassess’ the US’s alliance with the oil-rich Saudis for their support to Russia, a move was sure to jack up gas prices just ahead of midterm elections.
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s cousin issued a violent threat against those who ‘challenge’ Saudi Arabia after Biden warned there would be ‘consequences’ for OPEC cutting oil production.
In a message aimed at ‘the West,’ Saud al-Shaalan is seen in a video saying ‘anybody who challenges the existence of this kingdom, we are all projects of jihad and martyrdom. Anybody that thinks they can threaten us.’
Al-Shaalan’s threat comes at a time of sky-high tensions between Washington and Riyadh after OPEC+ cut oil production by two million barrels per day and the Biden administration accused the Saudi Kingdom of aligning itself with Russia and Putin.
Biden claimed that Riyadh would face ‘consequences’ as aides announced the US would be reevaluating its relationship with the Saudis.
‘There’s going to be some consequences for what they’ve done with Russia,’ Biden said in a CNN interview aired last Tuesday.
‘I’m not going to get into what I’d consider and what I have in mind,’ he added. ‘But there will be – there will be consequences.’
The Kingdom then hit back with bombshell statement that the Biden administration had requested to delay the OPEC production cut until after the midterms.
The White House is now bracing for a further spike in gas prices before millions of Americans are set to cast their ballots.
The result of Biden’s actions in the Middle East has led to Saudi Arabia aligning itself with China and Russia.
Biden’s actions, like those in Afghanistan, led Saudi Arabia to review its relationship with the US and eventually align with Russia. This is leading to the end of the ‘petrol dollar’ which will have material negative consequences for the US.
Now by threatening the Middle East nation, Biden is confirming for the Saudis their alignment with Russia and China. What a mess.