Posted on: July 16, 2022 Posted by: Mitchell Plitnick Comments: 0

Joe Biden’s trip to the Middle East is coming to an end. The main theme is going to be the herculean effort by Biden’s administration to paint a picture the media can latch on to of some kind of win coming out of the trip. There wasn’t one.

But the message Biden sent in his interview with Israel’s Channel 12 News regarding Iran was bleak indeed. Biden made it clear that he would rather go to war than remove the Iranian IRGC from a terrorism list, a move which would have virtually no effect due to other sanctions against the IRGC that would remain.

But this is part and parcel of the way Biden has, intentionally or otherwise, completely bungled the negotiations to restore the JCPOA and maintained Trump’s suicidally stupid “maximum pressure” policy. I explain in my latest piece at Mondoweiss.