Biden's Middle East Trip: How Oil and Iran Issues Expose 

For U.S. President Joe Biden, who might prefer not to visit the Middle East this week or any other week,

Biden's Democratic colleagues in the U.S. Congress appear to be facing dismal election results after the midterm elections in November.

President Biden's past visits to the Middle East have shown the limits of American national power:

Biden's trip could serve as another reminder that U.S. influence in the Middle East continues to shrink. 

however, has reinstated U.S. financial aid to Palestine. Even more embarrassingly, Biden will ask the Saudi leader to do a big favor:

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