The White House Document: We will not give a blank check to our partners who pursue policies that contradict American interests and values in the Middle East
The administration of US President Joe Biden has indicated that the strongest military presence of the United States will be in the Pacific region and Europe, while it will be in the Middle East sufficient to meet certain needs.
This came in the Interim National Security Strategic Guide document published by the White House, and provides general indicative features of the direction of the new administration in Washington, which has been in power for 45 days.
The document said that America’s fate today is more connected to events off our shores than ever before.
The biggest threats
She indicated that there are many issues that pose a threat to the United States, such as the Corona virus, global climate change, technological changes, and the rise of Washington’s rival powers such as China and Russia.
In the document, pandemics, climate crises, cyber threats and violent extremism were referred to as being among the “greatest threats”, and it was also indicated that many of those threats “do not know borders or walls and must be met with collective action.”
The document pointed out that many of the problems that the states face are material, such as borders and walls, and that the democratic system in the world – especially in the United States – is under siege.
She explained that “we must also deal with the fact that the distribution of power around the world is changing, which creates new threats.” She also considered that the United States must form the future of the international system, describing this task as urgent.
There is no military solution to the Middle East crises
In another context, the document stated that the United States in the Middle East will be concerned with the security of Israel, and will deter with the countries of the region Iran’s threats to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of other countries, and will strengthen its efforts to confront Al Qaeda and ISIS (ISIS).
She added: But we do not believe that the solution to the region’s problems is the use of military force, and we will not give a blank check to our partners who pursue policies that contradict American interests and values in the Middle East, and for this reason we withdrew the United States ’support for the attacks in Yemen.
The document indicated that the United States would no longer spend trillions of dollars on endless wars.
We will responsibly end America’s longest war in Afghanistan, while ensuring that it is never again a safe haven for terrorist attacks against the United States and elsewhere.
“Our military presence will be the strongest in the Indian and Pacific Oceans and Europe, while deterring our enemies and defending our interests,” she added. And in the Middle East, we will leave as much force as necessary to eliminate terrorist networks, deter Iranian aggression, and protect other key American interests.
The document stated that in Africa, the focus will be on establishing new partnerships for the development of civil society, the economy and health institutions.
China and Russia
The document considered that China had become “the only potential competitor capable of combining its economic, diplomatic, military and technological strength to form a sustainable challenge to a stable and open international order.”
She also referred to the “threat” posed by Russia “which continues to insist on enhancing its global influence and playing a role that causes chaos on the world stage.”
Return to leadership in international institutions
The same document stated that the United States will attach importance to international cooperation, alliances and partnerships, indicating that there is a tendency to re-establish Washington’s leadership in international organizations in order to find solutions to global problems, especially climate change.
She said that diplomacy would be preferable to the use of military force, adding, “As we protect America’s interests at the global level, we will make wise and disciplined choices in our national defense and the responsible use of our army, and we will never hesitate to use force when needed to defend our vital national interests.” The first is to advance the interests of the United States globally.
The White House also emphasized in its new 24-page document that promoting democracy around the world will be a central component of its national security strategy.