How Biden’s Mideast Efforts on Oil Resemble Jimmy Carter’s


When President Biden met Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia in Jeddah on Friday, he was following in the footsteps of presidents like Jimmy Carter, who flew to Tehran in 1977 to exchange toasts with the shah of Iran on New Year’s Eve.

Like the prince, the shah was an unelected monarch with a tarnished human rights record. But Mr. Carter was obliged to celebrate with him for a cause that was of great concern to people back home: cheaper gasoline and secure oil supplies.

As Mr….



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