Steve Hilton: The Saudis have gone from cleaning up Jamal Khashoggi’s body parts to cleaning up the White House’s disastrous energy policy – what a difference a couple of years and a disastrous Biden agenda makes
June 20, 2022
During the 2020 presidential election campaign, Joe Biden left no-one in any doubt about his feelings towards Saudi Arabia and its de facto ruler.
‘Two years ago, Saudi operatives, reportedly acting at the direction of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, murdered and dismembered Saudi dissident, journalist, and U.S. resident Jamal Khashoggi… Under a Biden-Harris administration, we will reassess our relationship with the Kingdom, end U.S. support for Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen, and make sure America does not check its values at the door to sell arms or buy oil.’
He couldn’t have been clearer, could he?
Well, what a difference a couple of years and a totally disastrous, intellectually incoherent, self-sabotaging energy agenda makes.
The promised reassessment of ‘our relationship with the Kingdom’ has produced an unexpected – and for Biden’s activist base – extremely unwelcome outcome.
After candidate Biden said in a 2019 Democratic Party debate that he would insist the Saudis ‘pay the price and make them, in fact, the pariah that they are’, President Biden is now preparing to fly, empty oil barrel in hand, to meet the ‘pariah’ face to face in July.
It looks as if, far from ‘making them pay’, it will be Biden paying whatever price is necessary to get the Saudis to save his political prospects by boosting production of the fossil fuel he recently promised to eliminate.
We’ve gone from the Saudi secret police cleaning up Jamaal Khashoggi’s body parts to the Saudi Crown Prince cleaning up the mess of Joe Biden’s energy policy.
Because, White House officials are reportedly, ‘depressed about prospects for meaningfully lowering prices before November. Biden is deeply frustrated with his team’s proposals on sky-high gas prices.’
Oh. They’re depressed, are they?
Biden is frustrated.
What about the rest of us?
It’s not just the direct impact of the average price of a gallon of gas rising over $5 for the first time in history (something which would be considered a bargain, by the way, in my home state of California which has been an early adopter of the Democrats’ extremist ‘climate’ zealotry now wreaking havoc nationwide).
It’s that everything else is hit by rising fuel prices too, since energy is such a significant component of industry’s costs.
The inflation that is making food, clothing and household goods so painfully expensive is in part caused by more expensive energy.
Of course, the Biden administration wants you to think this is all because of Vladimir Putin’s war on Ukraine.
But when it comes to energy, the war began long before Russia’s invasion on February 24th.