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A reduced U.S. military presence in the Middle East is empowering Iran and pushing Gulf states to unite.
 
07/31/2021
 

Biden Pulling Out Three Defensive Missile Batteries From Middle East

A reduced U.S. military presence in the Middle East is empowering Iran and pushing Gulf states to unite.

BY WATCH JERUSALEM STAFF

In his foreign-policy speech on February 4, Joe Biden announced that the United States would be taking "additional steps to course-correct our foreign policy." He pledged to end the war in Yemen and recalibrate the U.S.-Saudi relationship, including freezing the sale of offensive weapons that Saudi Arabia has used in its six-year battle in Yemen.

To help protect Saudi Arabia’s facilities and oil installations, he said the U.S. wants to sell specific defensive weapons, including missile interceptors, expand its intelligence sharing, increase training, and provide military-to-military exchange programs.

Biden added, "We’re going to continue to support and help Saudi Arabia defend its sovereignty and its territorial integrity and its people."
Another U.S. official said, "The bottom line is that the Houthis need to know that we are standing with the Saudis, and we will continue to support their right to self-defense."

The narrative sounds great, but recent actions tell a different story.

 
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