Hence, amidst the turbulence and turmoil in the social world which stems from the transition between one historical epoch to another, it follows that virtually all previously held conceptions, notions, and ideas both on an individual level and collective level are up in the air and are hanging in the balance. One previously held idea or notion in Washington which is perhaps not as entrenched as it used to be is the customary and slavish rounds which an American president makes to Israel and Saudi Arabia as soon as they are elected and enter into the White House. In almost every previous case in recent times, an American president immediately makes the customary, automatic, robotic, and slavish rounds to Israel and Saudi Arabia once they are in the White House. This time around, the rounds are being made by Joe Biden about eighteen months late.
The fact that Joe Biden is making the customary, automatic, robotic, and slavish rounds to Israel and Saudi Arabia about eighteen months late is something worth analyzing and deconstructing. For one, it may be a signal that the customary, automatic, robotic, and slavish rounds to Israel and Saudi Arabia are not as central to American foreign policy as they used to be. At one point, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt were considered to be the “cornerstones” or “pillars” of American foreign policy.
Given that there is a fratricidal war which is now raging amongst white folks, along with the rise of Russia and China, as well as the fact that Washington is still reeling from two decades of futile wars in Afghanistan and the Middle East, the delay in making the customary, automatic, hollow, robotic, and slavish rounds to Israel and Saudi Arabia is a signal out of Washington that perhaps Washington has bigger fish to fry at the moment. Given that the rounds have been made quite late, and that there are bigger fish to fry, the customary, automatic, robotic, and slavish rounds to Israel and Saudi Arabia do not carry the kind of energy and spark that they used to in the past.
There is also the question of how one balances the customary, automatic, hollow, robotic, and slavish rounds to Israel and Saudi Arabia alongside nuclear negotiations with Iran. Since the Cold War era, Iran has been considered even by the United States as the “Island of Stability” in what is otherwise an unstable region of the world, namely, the Middle East. Whether petrodollars and Rothschild money carry the kind of weight which they used to in thwarting a meeting of the minds between the United States and Iran is something to watch for over the coming years.
One can reasonably argue that the weight and power which these dollars had in thwarting a meeting of the minds between the United States and Iran has diminished over the course of time, and will continue to diminish over the coming years. But aside from money and power, there is also the issue of conscience, ethics, morals, and values. For how much longer Washington can bear being silent in the face of the killing and intimidation of journalists, house demolitions, collective punishment, torture, illegal settlements, apartheid policies, censorship, whitewashing of reality, and so forth without some sort of nervous breakdown or backlash from the rest of the world is something which Washingtonians should consider over the course of the next few years once the customary, automatic, hollow, robotic, and slavish rounds have been made. And while it is perhaps difficult for Joe Biden’s generation to part ways with old friends, the sad reality is that there are no friends in politics. Unfortunately, interests outweigh friendships in politics, and this is a fact which is perhaps beginning to set into the minds of Washingtonians amidst the social turbulence and turmoil of one historic epoch to another which in turn renders long-held conceptions, notions, and ideas as moot.