Following the decision of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and the OPEC+ group, which consists of some non-OPEC producing countries, to reduce oil production by 2 million barrels a day from November, Democrats in the US Congress submitted a bill to withdraw American troops from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). .
In the bill submitted by the 3 Democrats in the House of Representatives, it was pointed out that there are currently close to 5 thousand American soldiers in Saudi Arabia and the UAE, and it was stated that these soldiers should be withdrawn within 90 days after the bill enacted and air defense systems deployed in the region such as Patriot and THAAD should be removed. .
“WE DON’T SEE A REASON TO CONTINUE OUR MILITARY PRESENCE HERE”
In a written statement, the deputies who prepared the bill said, “Saudi Arabia and the UAE have relied on the American military presence for their security and oil fields for years. While these countries are actively working against us, we see no reason to maintain our military presence here.” made his statement.
Pointing out that the decision in question marks a turning point in the US-Gulf relations, the deputies said, “If Saudi Arabia and the UAE want to help (Russian President Vladimir) Putin, they must take care of themselves in defense.” defended his view.
The bill, signed by Illinois Representative Sean Casten, New Jersey Representative Tom Malinowski and Pennsylvania Representative Susan Wild, must first be approved by the House of Representatives and then by the Senate General Assembly and submitted to the approval of US President Joe Biden.
EXPLANATION LIKE CONFESSION FROM US SENATOR
On the other hand, Democratic Senator Chris Murphy made a confession-like statement while tweeting criticizing the OPEC+ decision.
“Despite human rights abuses, the ridiculous Yemen War, and their work against US interests in countries like Libya and Sudan, I used to think that the whole point of selling weapons to the Gulf states was that when an international crisis came, the Gulf could choose America over Russia or China,” Murhpy said. ” used the phrase.
CRUDE OIL IN THE US STRATEGIC RESERVE AT THE LOWEST LEVEL SINCE 1984
In March, US President Joe Biden authorized the release of 1 million barrels of oil per day, over 180 million barrels in total, within 6 months from the country’s strategic oil reserves.
The White House announced at the end of July that it would sell an additional 20 million barrels of oil from its strategic oil reserve to help lower gasoline prices across the country.
The US administration announced in September that it would sell up to 10 million barrels of oil from the strategic oil reserve.
With these sales, the rate of crude oil in the US’s strategic reserve fell to its lowest level since 1984.