Apr 1, 2022 • 43M

Friend or frenemy? Mitchell Plitnick discusses Middle East posturing on Russia-Ukraine

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It usually takes a crisis to show who your real friends are. Writer Mitchell Plitnick joins us to talk about how Middle East despots are suddenly jockeying to make sure their own interests are protected if not enhanced in the wake of Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Even Israel, which gets $3 billion in US taxpayer dollars each year, is threading needles to avoid hurting its own relationship with Moscow. We talk about that as well as Biden's attempt to square his "democracies versus autocracies" campaign with Washington's embrace of the Middle East despots. Dan and Kelley also speculate about Biden's "regime change" declaration last weekend: gaffe or trial balloon?

More from Mitchell Plitnick:

Why is Israel MIA on Ukraine-Russia crisis? -- Responsible Statecraft, 3/3/22

Ukraine shows we need a third option besides war and sanctions -- ReThinking Foreign Policy, 3/1/22

Top Israeli military officials say Trump’s Iran deal exit was a ‘mistake,’ bad for Israel -- Responsible Statecraft, 12/3/21