Ilhan Omar gave up the game and trashed President Trump’s historic Middle East Peace deals before telling Biden to reverse them.
“He recently inked so-called “peace deals” between the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, Sudan, and Israel. The only problem? They weren’t peace deals. They’re arms sales to human rights abusers, designed to empower the Gulf States and increase the risk of war with Iran,” she said.
“Meanwhile, he cozied up to Saudi Arabia, a regime responsible for some of the worst human rights atrocities of our young century—including routing murder of human rights advocates and war crimes in Yemen.”
She wrote in the Nation: “Instead of siding with one group of dictators over another, we should position ourselves at an equal distance from both, allowing ourselves to be honest brokers, protecting our national security and interests while promoting human rights and democracy,” she wrote.
“We can hold Iran accountable for its human rights violations while also holding Saudi Arabia, Yemen, and the UAE accountable.”
From Fox News:
Her tweets came after The Nation published an op-ed in which she attacked Trump for working with the UAE, noting the nation has been accused of war crimes in Yemen and “has also been credibly accused of committing war crimes in Libya.” She went on to slam Bahrain as a “brutal dictatorship.”
Many of her criticisms echoed conservative arguments for exiting the Iran nuclear deal, which she lambasted Trump for doing in Friday’s op-ed.
“Nearly every action taken under President Trump has made armed conflict more instead of less likely,” she wrote.
“Trump imposed crippling sanction after crippling sanction on the Iranian people—depriving them of much-needed medical supplies during a pandemic and further tightening the brutal authoritarian regime’s grip on power. He ordered the assassination of an Iranian commander—risking all-out war—earlier this year. As a result of these actions, Iran finally backed out of the nuclear pact that Trump himself had torn up in 2018—and now has 12 times more enriched uranium than would have been permitted under the agreement.”
By contrast, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has praised the outcome of the Middle East agreements as indicative that former President Obama’s administration was wrong about the destabilizing impact of withdrawing from the Iran deal.
“I remember Secretary Kerry saying that if the nuclear deal was abandoned that Israel would become more isolated when in fact just the opposite has now happened,” he previously told “The Story…
…After decrying the agreements’ impacts on Israel and Palestine, Omar’s op-ed posited that President-elect Biden has “a tremendous opportunity to reverse this.”
This administration has cozied up to the most brutal dictators in the world—damaging our alliances and image in the world.
Here are my thoughts on how deep the damage is and how Biden can repair it. (Thread) https://t.co/tRXrBypp1Z
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) November 20, 2020