“A doubtful friend is worse than a certain enemy. Let a man be one thing or the other, and we then know how to meet him.” Aesop
It was a grotesque display of an American tragedy that our president has again gone to Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud, known as MBS, the crown prince, deputy prime minister, and effectively the de facto current ruler of the House of Saud, hat in hand to virtually beg for increased oil production. What makes this so tragic is that his own administration’s domestic policies stifling US energy production, but the worst part is that he is choosing to deal with what he had once correctly called a pariah state.
Has Joe Biden forgotten or failed to understand that the House of Saud is an enemy of America, despite his own government’s proof that they were responsible for the 9/11 attacks that killed thousands of our fellow citizens, murdered the Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and continue with the genocide in Yemen, and with the illegal and immoral assistance of the US military?
We were also treated to his hypocrisy by on one hand pledging continued support for Israel, our only real ally in the region, while at the same time providing financial support to the PLO, who continue to call for Israel’s destruction. If Israel is indeed our ally, then aiding and abetting their enemy is a gross betrayal. Israel could, and maybe should view the US as a doubtful friend, especially given the rhetoric from his own party condemning it.
The pain that has been expressed on the news by families and friends of those Americans murdered on 9/11 who witnessed this tragic event is testimony to a tone deaf and blundering administration that only adds to the discontent festering like an open wound. While I’m not a supporter of either of our major political parties, I can see why there is such certainty for what is called the “Red Wave” come the mid-term elections this November.
I say all this not only from a clear headed historical perspective of what has occurred, but from the personal anguish as the brother-in-law of a recently deceased first responder to the Twin Towers that day who suffered from a brain cancer being at Ground Zero, but from the loss of the many friends and associates in the design and construction industry who perished in the building collapse. I am angry with my government, I am ashamed of my president, and I am disheartened for my country to have come to such a dismal point in our history where our heroes are so disregarded and dishonored.
Now we must not only live with the memories and sorrows of these tragedies, but the shame our leadership has brought us. We must never forget any of this but we must learn from it, and teach our children that this is not the legacy we wanted and not one we should support in any way. As Dan Rather once observed, “But we cannot rely on memorials and museums alone. We can tell ourselves we will never forget and we likely won’t. But we need to make sure that we teach history to those who never had the opportunity to remember in the first place.”