Biden’s Middle East Trip
Biden’s Middle East Trip

In the New Yorker, Robin Wright looked at the pros and cons of Biden's trip to the Middle East. Most of the pros related to his first stop in Israel, although he somewhat hedged the threat of war with Iran and American support for the Palistinians. Most of the press was roundly critical of Biden's visit to Saudi Arabia, but Robin Wright seemed more balanced. She closed saying:

Biden’s trip has solidified the shifting sands in the Middle East. For more than a half century, the region was singularly defined by the Arab-Israeli dispute. The goals, the alliances, the flash points, and the battle lines have all changed. Foreign policy inevitably evolves. Diplomacy is often overtaken by events on the ground. But Biden’s actions in the region may also have unwanted consequences. “Shaking the hand of a murderer is bad,” Riedel told me, “but going to war with Iran is insanity.” 

I found it surprising that the press traveling with Biden found the killing of Jamal Khashoggi was the most important thing about the Saudi visit, considering it much more important than the killing of George Floyd, for esample.

I support Biden's decision to go to the Middle East despite Saudi Arabia's human rights problems. Some things, like the future of our oil supply or the future or Iran, are more important than the life of one person, no matter how consequential he may be.