A Presidential Rebuke to the Saudis
. . . he bows to the House of Saud on his first trip, and now pillories the House of Saud as repressive, extremist, free riders.
Unbelievable, American Presidents do not bow to tyrants, dictators, or hooligans. How he now got this correct is a bit beyond my ken.
"Mr. Obama, who has blamed Saudi Arabia and other Sunni Arab governments for encouraging anti-American militancy, also told Mr. Goldberg that the Saudis should try harder to “share the neighborhood” by achieving “some sort of cold peace” with their enemies in Iran.
The Saudis promptly fired back. Writing in the Arab News, Prince Turki al-Faisal, a former Saudi intelligence chief, argued that Mr. Obama does not appreciate all his government has done, including sharing intelligence in the fight against terrorism. But the fact is, this decades-long partnership, born of antipathy to the Soviet Union and an American reliance on Saudi oil, is growing increasingly brittle."
Obama's tactic here is appropriate, but long over due. With the USSR long gone, oil prices responding to more rational economic information, we have little interest in standing beside the House of Saud in its quest to dominate the Middle East, and recreate its neighbors as Wahhabi's. Even a cursory understanding of the history of the Middle East, and North Africa shows an ever changing cascade of Sultanates, Empires, Caliphates, and Kingdoms. This will only end once Islam is reformed. The first step in the Islamic Reformation is the reduction of the House of Saud, and the Wahhabi/Salafi.
If Obama keeps this up, I might just start believing he knows what he is doing. More likely he has a good advisor who has his ear on a few issues. Regardless, we could use more of this, and less of the Syrian, Libyan, Iraq, Afghanistan fiasco's.