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Obama to Make Diplomatic Rescue Visit to Saudi Arabia

Obama bows to the Saudi king in his visit in 2011

Obama bows to the Saudi king in his visit in 2011

President Barack Obama will fly to Saudi Arabia next month in an effort to repair a deteriorating relationship following his failure to significantly improve ties in his 2011 trip to Riyadh and in the wake of differences over relations with Egypt, Iran and Syria.

Obama will visit the Vatican on the same junket, as well as the Netherlands, Belgium and Italy.

The White House did not specifically include the Palestinian Authority as being on the agenda of issues the president will discuss with King Abdullah.

White House press secretary Jay Carney tried to make the scheduled visit seem like a routine trip, a “part of regular consultations.” He added, “The president looks forward to discussing with King Abdullah the enduring and strategic ties between the United States and Saudi Arabia as well as ongoing cooperation to advance a range of common interests related to Gulf and regional security, peace in the Middle East, countering violent extremism, and other issues of prosperity and security.”

“Peace in the Middle East” probably refers to much more violent situations than the Palestinian Authority-Israel argument, The Wall Street Journal reported. For starters, there is the Muslim civil war in Syria, with the Sunni sect, backed by Saudi Arabia, against the Iranian-backed Shi’ites.

There is not lack of work for the Obama administration if it wants to get along better with Saudi Arabia, which was extremely unhappy with President Barack Obama’s backing the ouster of Hosni Mubarak, who was replaced by a violent military regime that was succeeded by a violent Muslim Brotherhood regime, which was in turn succeeded by another violent military regime.

Saudi Arabia was upset at Obama’s appeasement of Iran and his about-face on the idea of using military force to help Syrian rebels.

The Obama administration also has lost some influence in Egypt, where Saudi Arabia has stepped in to help the current military regime deal with the crippled economy.

Obama’s visit to Saudi Arabia in 2011 did little to calm the monarchy anger over the American support to get rid of Mubarak, implicitly backing Arab Spring unrest.

Obama called for changes in attitudes in the Middle East, and that is the last thing Saudi officials want to see in its own country.

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19 Responses to “Obama to Make Diplomatic Rescue Visit to Saudi Arabia”

  1. sad-POTUS going to Arabs hat-in-hand

  2. Ken Figa says:

    Don’t forget to bow and kiss his as…oh, I mean ring!

  3. Fred they all go. Barry might consider stopping off at the Knesset to try some ass-kissing there too. He might want to stop there first.

  4. Who is going to.rescue OBOMA

  5. Nothing will beat GWB’s handholding with the Saudi prince

  6. Barak can give them his fake smile and all will be well.

  7. Leon Chattah says:

    I wonder how low can he get to now and kiss his… hand and receive absolution… What a champ!

  8. Saudi Arabia occupies the first Jew free Palestinian state! Jordan-

  9. he needs to stay there no return trip for him

  10. Good plan…..he is such an excellent diplomat. I hope they take him hostage.

  11. MUBARAK FROM EGYPT VERY MUCH LIKE TO MEET WITH OBAMA!!!

  12. Kjeld Hesselmann says:

    The current presidency seems quite double-bind in its attempted appeasement towards the Muslim world. I know, the man currently occupying The White House isn’t a Muslim despite what some accuse him for. But Obama acts like a serf, bowing to a king who stands behind subversive economic impact in America. On the other side POTUS does shake his fist at those on the battleground who openly declare war. – The assumption is that America has a leader which’s signature will not be different from the hapless Jimmy Carter’s.

  13. Sylvia Rodgers. The traitors of America will get their punishment in the end.

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