Pragmatism to the Extreme: The First Year of the Biden Administration's Middle East Policy

Pragmatism to the Extreme: The First Year of the Biden Administration's Middle East Policy

 

Looking broadly at the performance evaluation of US President Joe Biden's administration in its first year, we find that its overall performance was negative, given that the popularity of the US president fell to the lowest level of a US president in his first year in the modern era, with the exception of former US President Donald Trump; and the popularity of Vice President Kamala Harris also fell to the lowest level of a US vice president in the modern era, but this is mainly due to local reasons.

 

The Corona pandemic continues to pose new challenges to the administration, which has not been able to persuade a large part of the population to take vaccines despite securing them early and on a large scale. The Americans are still one of the least vaccinated people in the developed countries today, and the virus has been spreading at a faster pace in the form of other mutants. While the administration has also been able to achieve the best economic performance in decades and set new records, inflation-induced price hikes have cast a shadow over administration's optimism, spreading a general sense of pessimism among citizens about the economy's future.

 

In terms of foreign policy, during its first year, the administration went through what was described as the worst event in American foreign policy in its recent history towards the Middle East; in particular, the withdrawal from Afghanistan, and the way it was done. This event was supposed to be celebrated by American public opinion, but it turned into a resounding disaster that was followed by everyone on various media and social media when the Taliban (the adversary of the United States in its longest war) took control of the country with a blinking speed, and American soldiers and others whose stay in the country is linked to the survival of American In terms of foreign policy, during its first year, the administration went through what was described as the worst event in American foreign policy in its recent history towards the Middle East; in particular, the withdrawal from Afghanistan, and the way it was done. This event was supposed to be celebrated by American public opinion, but it turned into a resounding disaster that was followed by everyone on various media and social media when the Taliban (the adversary of the United States in its longest war) took control of the country with a blinking speed, and American soldiers and others whose stay in the country is linked to the survival of American forces at Kabul International Airport, were trapped in a scene that sends a clear message to the world that the Americans are an unreliable international partner.

 

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