- The Washington Times - Monday, May 17, 2021

It won’t be long now before the Middle East breaks into major war, the majority of likely U.S. voters told Rasmussen in a recent poll.

That’s the Joe Biden effect — a White House rooted in weakness, setting the stage for a world on edge, ushering in plenty of opportunities for hostile-to-peace players to exploit.

When America’s seen as frail, enemies of freedom emerge as strong.

In a survey of 1,000 U.S. likely voters conducted between May 13 and May 16, Rasmussen found 54% believed “the chance of a major war in the Middle East is now more likely than it was a year ago.”

The difference between May 13-through-May 16 and a year ago?

White House administrations.

President Trump called out North Korea’s Dear Leader as “short and fat”; Trump’s administration went after and killed Qasem Soleimani, Iran’s top military commander; Trump’s White House, citing American security, American interests, America First policy, pulled U.S. funding from the terrorist-supporting U.N. Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) — as well as the China-fawning World Health Organization. Trump named Jerusalem the capital of Israel. Trump’s State Department ushered in the peace-dealing Abraham Accords between Israel and the United Arab Emirates.

The Team Trump message to the world?

Don’t mess with America.

And unlike the previous Barack Obama days, there were few to zilch threats and vows and promises to hang ISIS black flags from the White House — at least not so frequent.

Now we’re back to Obama times.

Now we’re back to weakness in the White House leading to ignited hotspots around the world. Rome burns as Nero fiddles? Israel burns as President Biden waffles.

Nobody knows this better than the American people.

Once again, Rasmussen: 54% of likely American voters see a major war in the Middle East on the horizon. 

With Biden at the helm, that percentage is certain to rise in the coming weeks.

• Cheryl Chumley can be reached at cchumley@washingtontimes.com or on Twitter, @ckchumley. Listen to her podcast “Bold and Blunt” by clicking HERE. And never miss her column; subscribe to her newsletter by clicking HERE. Her latest book, “Socialists Don’t Sleep: Christians Must Rise Or America Will Fall,” is available by clicking HERE.

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