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America's 'Acute' Foreign Policy Disarray by Pete Hoekstra – for The Gatestone Institute - 26.10.22

Saudi Arabia is deeply concerned... that the Iran agreement will soon be back on the table....


The Saudis quite correctly believe that that the new Iran deal, rather than stopping Iran from developing nuclear weapons, would actually pave the way to nuclear weapons, in addition to giving Iran's despotic regime up to a trillion dollars -- if the mullahs would please just not use the nuclear weapons on the Biden administration's watch.


While the grisly murder of Osama bin Laden's close friend Jamal Khashoggi was far from acceptable, the sad reality is that the Kingdom is no more guilty of unspeakable behavior than are Iran, Russia, China, North Korea, Turkey Venezuela, Qatar or a number of other nations that the Biden administration and the international community are cozying up to.


Many onlookers believe that the Saudi move is a direct signal to Biden about Saudi Arabia's concerns over the "stalled" but apparently not-quite-ended-yet nuclear deal with Iran.


Although Biden supposedly will examine all aspects of the U.S.-Saudi relationship, he threatened the kingdom with "consequences" -- reportedly by suspending arms sales -- all because Saudi Arabia is trying to defend itself from being potentially obliterated by an openly hostile Iran.


The U.S. seeks to harshly punish any country opposed to U.S. efforts for a questionable nuclear agreement that would empower Iran, and vastly enrich it and its numerous terrorist proxies, including the Houthis, Hezbollah, Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad. Through them, Iran is already effectively in charge of four countries in addition to its own: Lebanon, Syria, Yemen and Iraq.


If the U.S. really believes Russia is an acute threat, the U.S. should act as if it is and stop propping up Russia's allies, such as Iran.


The U.S. should be working with countries in the Middle East to support efforts against Russia and Iran's regime.


No wonder questions are being raised as to just how "compromised" Biden might actually be.


The U.S. would do well to stop this foolish obsession with getting a new Iran nuclear deal. It is inconsistent with the rest of America's values, foreign policy and national security interests. Send a clear message to Russia, Iran's mullahs, Europe, the Middle East -- and, most importantly, to Iranian and American citizens -- that the Iran nuclear deal, finally, is dead.


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Peter Hoekstra was US Ambassador to the Netherlands during the Trump administration. He served 18 years in the U.S. House of Representatives representing the second district of Michigan and served as Chairman and Ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee. He is currently Chairman of the Center for Security Policy Board of Advisors and a Distinguished Senior Fellow at Gatestone Institute.



Pictured: U.S. President Joe Biden and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the Jeddah Security and Development Summit, in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on July 16, 2022. (Photo by Mandel Ngan/Pool/AFP via Getty Images)




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