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The Amazing Shrinking Biden
President Joe Biden holds a press conference following his meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. (YouTube/NBC News)

At about the time President Joe Biden left for his trip to the Middle East, rapper Snoop Dogg advertised his new brand of cannabis called “Sleepy Joe OG,” which features a picture of a befuddled Biden on the label. It also has the slogan “Where am I?” and the promise “You won’t even remember what country you are in.”

As if to help Snoop Dog market his new cannabis, Biden’s first remark on descending the steps of Air Force One onto Israeli soil on Wednesday was, “What am I doing now?” He didn’t have one of those cue cards telling him where to sit or stand and what to say. After some later remarks, he turned to shake hands with someone who wasn’t there, as he’s done on several occasions.

Biden’s mental capacity is shrinking before everyone’s eyes.

Just before Biden landed in Saudi Arabia on Friday, former Saudi intelligence chief Prince Turki al-Faisal said Biden was a “much-diminished president.” That remark could not have been made without the approval of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, aka “MBS.” Throughout Biden’s trip to Israel and Saudi Arabia, he acted precisely as al-Faisal characterized him.

Biden struck out on his efforts to coax Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to accelerate their production of oil which, he hoped, would reduce the extraordinarily high price of gasoline with which Americans are trying to cope.

In short, it was a completely “SNABU’d” trip: situation normal: all Bidened up.

Biden’s visit with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas accomplished nothing. Biden reiterated his dedication to a two-state “solution” to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and compared the Palestinian situation to the Irish nationalist “troubles” with Great Britain, which is a non sequitur and insulting to the Israelis.

The Israelis are clearly worried that Biden will go back to the cold-shoulder treatment they received from then-President Barack Obama and Biden when they were in office together. Prime Minister Yair Lapid bashed Biden’s obsessive pursuit of a new Iran deal, saying, “The only thing that will stop Iran is knowing that if they continue to develop their nuclear program, the free world will use force.”

As this column has said consistently, Iran will never peacefully give up its efforts to obtain nuclear weapons. Biden, like so many presidents before him, has said that Iran won’t be allowed to obtain nuclear weapons but he has not said how that could be accomplished.

Former President Donald Trump canceled Obama’s agreement with Iran in 2018. The problem is that Biden’s pursuit of a new nuclear weapons deal with Iran will guarantee that the Iranians will finish the development of their nuclear weapons and very likely use nuclear weapons as a direct result. The Saudis are as worried about Iran’s nuclear weapons program as the Israelis. Both nations are concerned about Biden’s apparent eagerness to appease Iran.

During his 2020 campaign, Biden insulted the Saudis by saying he would make them a “pariah” state because of the 2018 murder of Washington Post sometime journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi embassy in Istanbul.

In one of the Democratic debates, Biden said, “I would make it very clear we were not going to in fact sell more weapons to them. We were going to in fact make them pay the price, and make them in fact the pariah that they are.” He added that there is “very little social redeeming value in the present government in Saudi Arabia,” and, in reference to Yemen, said he would “end the sale of material to the Saudis where they’re going in and murdering children.”

That went by the wayside when Biden fist-bumped with MBS, but the Saudis — particularly MBS — haven’t forgotten the insult. Biden made sure to remind him of it.

According to a CNN report, the issue of Khashoggi’s murder was a topic of heated discussion at the meeting with MBS. Biden said, “With respect to the murder of Khashoggi, I raised it at the top of the meeting, making it clear what I thought of it at the time and what I think about it now.” He also said that he told MBS that he believes MBS was personally responsible, which MBS denied.

MBS rebutted Biden’s charge by raising the Abu Ghraib scandal and the killing of Al Jazeera reporter Shireen Abu Akleh, according to a Saudi state newspaper.

No wonder the Saudis and Emiratis turned Biden down on more oil production.

The other reason for the turndown is that both nations are probably at or near their capacity for pumping oil onto the market. French President Emmanuel Macron, apparently trying to coach Biden for his upcoming trip, told him so about two weeks ago.

There is enough oil in Texas and New Mexico to supply America’s needs for a century or more. But Biden is dead set against American oil production and would rather seek it from nations that are only sometimes friends, such as Saudi Arabia, and outright enemies such as Venezuela.

The only good thing to come out of the trip was Saudi Arabia’s agreement to open its skies to Israeli aircraft but Biden had nothing to do with that. Some Israeli aircraft are already landing there.

That is a significant development that goes far beyond Biden begging for more oil. From that development, we have to deduce that Israel and the Saudis are going to cooperate more than they have before in opposing Iran’s nuclear weapons program. The two-way air traffic between Saudi Arabia and Israel will be carrying more than tourists. The aircraft will carry both nations’ diplomats and military officials to try to bring their forces to bear on the Iranian threat.

If, as it clearly appears, both Israel and Saudi Arabia have given up on Biden’s support to oppose Iran, they can bring to bear everything from cyberwar and sabotage to direct air strikes on Iran’s growing nuclear capabilities. Both nations have highly capable air forces which, if combined, might be able to destroy Iran’s nuclear capabilities. If they combined to do so — or if Israel tries to do so alone — a very large war will be ignited that would certainly draw other nations, including us, into the fight.

At this point, Iran has reached what former Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett labeled a “breaking point” in its nuclear development at which it could, at any time, produce one or more nuclear weapons. It has the technology to do so and may already have accomplished that.

The only factor blocking Biden’s effort to renew Obama’s 2015 nuclear deal is Iran’s recalcitrance. It has demanded that Biden remove its Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps from the list of terrorist organizations, which Biden can’t do because that would be too great an act of appeasement for him to bear politically, at least for now.

That is the clearest indication that Iran believes it is in so strong a position that it can make impossible demands on Biden without risking any part of its nuclear weapons development.

It’s far too much to hope for, but Biden should just walk away from the negotiations with Iran and continue Trump’s “maximum pressure” sanctions campaign against Iran’s economy. He won’t because one of his principal motivations is to undo everything Trump did.

Our amazing shrinking president can’t see or understand what it takes to do his job. Our allies and enemies see danger and opportunity while he sleepwalks toward war.

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