If you say that Joe Biden is a bad guy while ignoring what Trump did for four years in the Middle East, then you are applying a standard that has no place in the political climate whatsoever.
The simple fact is that both the Democratic and Republican parties have blood on their hands. In fact, the Republican Party is a complete disaster when it comes to the Middle East. Keep in mind that it was the Republican Party which the Neocons used to give us the debacle in Iraq, one which continues to bleed America. It was the same disaster that will cost the United States at least six trillion dollars.
So it was quite interesting to read Michael Shrimpton’s recent article equating the Democratic Party with the “forces of evil.” In order for that statement to make any sense at all, its author has to completely ignore the fact that Trump was selling weapons to a terrorist country known as Saudi Arabia, and the same country was using those weapons to kill innocent men, women, and children in Yemen.
Shrimpton also equates “Joe” with the “Chinese,” but Shrimpton doesn’t want to equate Trump with the Israelis, which gave us the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, etc. So how can Shrimpton be taken seriously when he makes sweeping statements and runs away from giving a fair hearing to the actual facts? Shrimpton says: “I always try to give an objective view.” Really?
Then why didn’t he mention the Saudi connection? Trump was willing to issue an “emergency declaration” in order to “push through an $8.1 billion arms deal to Saudi Arabia”! The senate rejected the “emergency declaration,” but the Trump administration still moved on to materialize their plans. Can we talk about that? If not, why not? Why didn’t he mention the fact that Israel was trying to use Trump to summon bogus allegations against Iran?
If Shrimpton is willing to say that both parties have blood on their hands, then we agree, but that is not what he argued in his recent article. In that sense, he must admit that he was not being objective.
 See for example “Saudi-led airstrikes in Yemen killed 99 civilians in 2020, monitor says,” Al-monitor.com, January 5, 2021.
 “What You Need to Know About Trump’s $8 Billion Saudi Arms Deal,” PBS.org, July 16, 2019; for similar reports, see also “Trump touts weapons deals with Saudi Arabia as peace groups accuse US of fueling kingdom’s war on Yemen,” Independent, March 20, 2018; “Trump Wants To Sell A Dictator $23 Billion In Weapons. Here’s Where They Could Go,” Huffington Post, December 9, 2020; “Trump to bypass Congress to sell $8bn of weapons to Saudi Arabia and UAE,” Middle East Eye, May 24, 2019.
Jonas E. Alexis has degrees in mathematics and philosophy. He studied education at the graduate level. His main interests include U.S. foreign policy, the history of the Israel/Palestine conflict, and the history of ideas. He is the author of the new book, Kevin MacDonald’s Metaphysical Failure: A Philosophical, Historical, and Moral Critique of Evolutionary Psychology, Sociobiology, and Identity Politics. He teaches mathematics in South Korea.