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Report: Obama heading to Saudi Arabia
« on: February 01, 2014, 01:58:01 PM »
http://thehill.com/blogs/global-affairs/middle-east-north-africa/197185-report-obama-heading-to-saudi-arabia

February 01, 2014, 11:17 am
Report: Obama heading to Saudi Arabia

By Julian Pecquet

President Obama is planning a trip to Saudi Arabia to repair badly frayed ties with one of America's key allies in the Middle East, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Obama will visit the kingdom in March for a meeting with King Abdullah, the Journal reports, citing Arab officials. The White House declined to comment.

The visit comes as the U.S.-Saudi relationship has hit its roughest patch in years over disagreements on Iran, Syria and other flashpoints. The Saudis have joined Israel in criticizing the Obama administration's nuclear deal with Iran, their main rival in the region, and have been pressing for the United States to play a more active role in battling the Iranian-backed regime of Syrian leader Bashar Assad.

“This is about a deteriorating relationship” and declining trust, the Journal cited a senior Arab official as saying.

The Saudis have also been dismayed by Obama's Egypt policy, notably for calling on President Hosni Mubarak to step down in 2011 and for withholding part of the $1.5 billion in annual U.S. aid after the military deposed Mubarak's freely elected successor, Mohamed Morsi, last year. The state-run Egyptian newspaper Al Ahram reported this week that the Saudis are expected to offer Egypt an extra $4 billion central bank deposits and petroleum products, on top of the $5 billion it pledged over the summer.

 

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Re: Report: Obama heading to Saudi Arabia
« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2014, 01:59:39 PM »
Going on the mandated Hajj?
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Re: Report: Obama heading to Saudi Arabia
« Reply #2 on: February 01, 2014, 01:59:58 PM »
Which way is Mecca? I got some prayin' and bowin' to do.
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Re: Report: Obama heading to Saudi Arabia
« Reply #3 on: February 01, 2014, 03:07:07 PM »
The establishment over there consists of stable Saudi Arabia, and stable Israel.

The democracy-terrorist revolutions in Libya, Egypt, Syria and elsewhere plus Iran,  threaten the establishment.  True for Libya, Syria, Turkey etc.

Obama will be warned to not attempt further to upset the established order.

It will be explained that the idea of peaceful democratic arabs and muslims is foolhardy. I believe Obama will become enlightened on this trip.

The establishment ill educate Obama the US is NOT energy self-sufficient, still importing millions of barrels of crude daily.

Saudi Arabia has forced price stability, or price increases for crude, in the past. A crude oil price scare just before the 2014 elections would aid Republicans.

Maybe Republican leaders should talk to Saudi Arabia, too. Let them know the GOP would be more friendly with the ME establishment.

Oh, wait. Bush II was pushing for the same revolts Obama pushed for.


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Re: Report: Obama heading to Saudi Arabia
« Reply #4 on: February 01, 2014, 03:53:42 PM »
All we conservatives have said about Obama in the past has come true. He is all we have said and more. You really think Obama wants stability in the establishment over in the middle east truth_seeker then you need to keep seeking the truth.

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Re: Report: Obama heading to Saudi Arabia
« Reply #5 on: February 01, 2014, 04:01:38 PM »
I'm mildly encouraged. Obama has been so useless, it has literally forced Saudi Arabia, Israel, Jordon, and Egypt (the military, at least) to work together.
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Re: Report: Obama heading to Saudi Arabia
« Reply #6 on: February 01, 2014, 06:27:30 PM »
All we conservatives have said about Obama in the past has come true. He is all we have said and more. You really think Obama wants stability in the establishment over in the middle east truth_seeker then you need to keep seeking the truth.
Read what I wrote. I did NOT say Obama wanted stability.


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