…by Jim W. Dean, VT Editor, …with PressTV, Tehran
[ Editor’s Note: PressTV asked me for some early observations about Biden’s initial remarks on his first day ‘to do’ list, which had to be somewhat vague during his ‘pre President elect’ current position.
Their style in these is to send a short list of questions but also encourage anything you might have that you feel is pertinent. Iran relations of course was the main, but not only focus.
The key hurdle I saw for Iran is that while Biden had stated he would rejoin the JCPOA, he mentioned some ‘other issues’ surrounding it would have to be worked out. I, of course, quickly grabbed onto that being Biden’s first diplomatic screw up right from the start, as that would be just a Biden version and continuation of renegotiating the deal, a la Trump.
The Iranians of course, have held steadfast for not renegotiating JCPOA in any way, as once that is started that would set a precedent for anyone else to break future deals in the future to renegotiate for any reason they chose.
Biden has put the Saudis on the early the target list, a country that literally no one needs, and if it disappeared tomorrow no one would suffer. It’s oil production is not critically needed.
And on the flip side, it has been a major supporter of terrorism, with the US and Israel being close partners, something that 99.5% of Americans are totally in denial over, and 95% of the military and intelligence community.
But back here at home we have our own hands currently full dealing with our resident ‘Terrorist in Chief’ and his Twitter machinegun. There will be much published on that until and after January 20th.
So far Trump is doing exactly like we thought he would do if the vote went against him. The issue is still in doubt as to the detailsl but he is a desperate man. He is no fool, and knows what not having presidential immunity will mean to his future, that he will probably lose everything.
And if that is the case, why not go out in a blaze of orange glory and take a lot of people with him as his final act. We are all in danger while he remains in office.
The situation will continue to a degree, as we will have a hoodlum walking around with a lot of classified information that he can use to his own benefit and pleasure as long as he has freedom of movement. Thus ends my cheery missive for today …JD ]
From first day, Biden will go after Saudi kingdom
First published and aired … November 15, 2020
Joe Biden will not be prisoner to past statements he has made, simply by stating the situation was different at that time.
On the other hand, he has had a human rights for political dissidents oar in the water for a long time, and it would seem with his plans to roll out a lot of changes from the first day of his administration that Saudi Arabia will be on the list, especially its stupid Yemen war.
But what he can do from his pulpit and whether he can bring Congress along with him are two different things.
Israel is not going to be happy about his rejoining the JCPOA, but if he puts conditions on that for Iran, he will not really be rejoining, but just a similar ploy that Trump did on renegotiating the deal. He will open himself up to charges that his is a Democratic version of Trump on the issue.
As for the Palestinians, that issue will be in play with the Jared Kushner no longer driving that deal. Biden has no love for Bibi and expect to see an open display of Biden not coddling up to Bibi as Trump did. Whether this position will last, and real changes are made toward settling the West Bank issue, is still up in the air. Talking about changes is easy. Getting them done is hard.
The Israeli lobby may not attack Biden right away, waiting to see what he ‘does’ versus what he says. Biden knows he will be creating what his legacy will be as he could be a one term president for age reasons. He will want to add some major achievements to his record. But it looks like he will have a Republican Senate unless a miracle happens to win both Georgia Senate seats.
Whatever Biden does by executive order could be undone by a Republican victory in 2024. And don’t rule out Trump running again if he can survive his legal and scandal problems. His wife is rumored to want a divorce after the election, and is already talking about a trust set up for their son.
The other hurdle for Biden is if he does not go after the huge list of criminal activity by the Trump regime. Thousands of ex-prosecutors are ready to go to work on the cases, to send a message to future wild presidents that they can and will be prosecuted for illegal acts when they leave.
For Biden to take a pass on this as being “a distraction” to pursuing other priorities, that will put some of his supporters into opposition, early in his administrations, which might include VT.
To leave even the idea of a criminal presidency not being punished is considered a major security threat by those loyal intel people here, who I must admit are not in the majority, as too many will do almost anything if they get paid.
US President-elect Joe Biden will “reassess” close US-Saudi ties under the Trump administration, a report says.
Jim W. Dean is an American political commentator and the managing editor of Veterans Today. He recorded this article for Press TV website.