The heroes of the Department of Justice have recently arrested Trump ally Thomas Barrack for his alleged foreign lobbying.
The billionaire, who chaired the inaugural committee of Donald Trump in 2016, used to propagate the UAE interests in the United States without disclosing it officially.
While the inquiry against Mr. Barrack has been initiated, the UAE is likely to get away with using him as their agent in the United States.
Had it been a matter of Russia, Iran, or China, the United States would have subjected the countries to severe sanctions. However, the UAE is, like previously, likely to evade the situation while receiving no sanction.
What is the Thomas Barrack case, and how does UAE always getaway after meddling in the United States internal affairs? Let’s see.
Thomas Barrack: A UAE Agent in the United States
Middle East politics was in full swing during Trump’s presidency, with the US sponsoring the Abraham accords. In these times, Thomas Barrack served as an agent of the UAE to further their interests in US foreign policy.
The billionaire investor lobbied with the UAE citizen Rashid Sultan Rashid Al Malik Alshahhi.
Al-Malik had strong connections with Barrack, who disclosed secret information of Trump’s foreign policy in front of Al-Malik. Al-Malik was receiving thousands of dollars from the UAE intelligence agencies to get this information from Barrack.
Al-Malik is also supposedly involved in conspiring to bring a favorable man as the US ambassador to the UAE.
Not only this, but Thomas Barrack also lied to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) repeatedly to hide his conspiracy.
Meddling in US Politics is a New Normal for the UAE
Now when everything is disclosed, Thomas Barrack is in hot water. It must be noted that this is not the first time that the UAE is covertly influencing US politics.
Take the example of George Nader, for instance, who worked with UAE officials to influence the policies of the White House.
He conspired with the UAE crown prince to tamper the field in favor of Donald Trump, with the UAE donating big money to the Trump campaign and his inauguration.
Even during Trump’s presidency, the UAE officials continued influencing US politics, not only in the White House but also orchestrating the stances of congressmen, on top of which was Rep. Ed Royce.
The UAE and Saudi Arabia left no stone unturned to smear Qatar’s reputation in front of the United States.
The UAE meddling in US politics did not end here, as the country donated almost $20 million to a DC think tank for favorable policies.
Bringing UAE to Justice is Taboo for the US
The US officials who conspired most often end up serving a punishment, but the UAE always finds its way out without paying for the damage done.
The United States has often sanctioned other countries for lobbying and conspiring against the United States; however, the UAE is not one of them.
The UAE is considered a strategic ally of the United States in the Middle East, with both countries enjoying cozy ties with each other.
With a bilateral trade volume of more than $24 billion, the US is certainly hesitant to take unilateral action against the UAE.
However, if money is the only instrument to gauge the relations between the two countries, sanctions on Russia and China also make no sense.
The trade war between the US and China costs both countries billions of dollars, but neither is ready to take the first step towards normalcy.
Meddling in foreign policy issues is a matter of national security, and if the United States fails to bring the UAE to justice, it would be portraying a signal of making a compromise on national security.
Thomas Barrack also served at sensitive positions during the Trump administration, including IP3 international, which tried to sell nuclear electricity to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
According to reports, IP3 wanted Thomas Barrack to influence Trump’s mind for IP3 plans, which could sell the US restricted technology to Saudi Arabia, triggering a nuclear race in the Middle East.
Having such a controversial man in this crucial position is nothing but a recipe for disaster for the United States. An individual who could sell foreign policy secrets will never hesitate to take cash for nuclear technology as well.
It is in the best interests of the US to pursue the case of Thomas Barrack religiously while bringing the UAE to justice to stop their interference in the US.