President Joe Biden is slow out of the gate when it comes to the international stage, especially in the Middle East, where a national security expert is warning that Biden might be making the war in the region far worse with his recent decisions and policies.
The Biden administration announced this past month that it is reversing another Trump administration decision. The one on the chopping block this time was the designation that the Yemeni Houthis is a Foreign Terrorist Organization.
The Council on Foreign Relations has stated:
The main defense of the Trump administration decision to call the Houthis terrorists is that they repeatedly commit acts of terrorism. QED. And the main critique of the Biden administration’s revocation of that decision is equally simple: the Houthis have long committed, and continue to commit, acts of terror. They should be designated an FTO because they are an FTO.
In another brilliant blunder, not only did Biden remove the terrorist designation on the Yemeni Houthis, but he also explicitly announced this past month that the U.S. would no longer be supporting Saudi Arabia’s war against these obvious terrorists.
Reuters recently reported:
Biden … declared a halt to U.S. support for a Saudi Arabia-led military campaign in Yemen, demanding that the more than six-year war, widely seen as a proxy conflict between Saudi Arabia and Iran, “has to end.” …
“This war has to end,” the Democratic president said during a visit to the U.S. State Department in Washington. “And to underscore our commitment, we’re ending all American support for offensive operations in the war in Yemen, including relevant arms sales.”
The move is a reversal of a policy of both the Democratic Obama and Republican Trump administrations. Biden was vice president in the Obama administration.
Jonathan Schanzer, senior vice president for research at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, told CNBC this past Tuesday that Biden’s desire to end Saudi Arabia’s war with Yemen might be making the entire situation worse.
“In fact, if anything, I think this is likely to make the conflict grow worse,” Schanzer said. “What the Biden administration has done is, it has taken the military option off the table for the United States, even by way of proxy through the Saudis.”
“The reality that we are now facing is that we’ve taken really all of our other leverage off the table, and we’re simply going to hope that an Iran-backed militia will come to the table and act reasonably,” Schanzer added. “Unfortunately, I think this is wishful thinking.”
Robert Gates, FOrmer Obama Secretary of Defense, warned just a couple of years ago that Biden has “been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades.”