After all the kowtowing, ingratiating, and ass-kissing, this is the thanks he gets.
From Fox News.
The kings of both Saudi Arabia and Bahrain will not attend this week’s summit of Gulf nation leaders hosted by Barack Obama at Camp David.
In a statement Sunday, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said Thursday’s summit coincides with a humanitarian cease-fire in Yemen, where a Saudi-led coalition is fighting Shiite rebels known as Houthis. He said Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, who is also interior minister, would lead the Saudi delegation and the king’s son, Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is defense minister, will also attend.
Obama had planned to meet Salman one-on-one a day before the gathering of leaders at the presidential retreat but the White House did not take his decision to skip the summit as a sign of any substantial disagreement with the U.S.
“We first learned of the King’s possible change of plans from Saudis on Friday night,” a senior U.S. administration official told Fox News. “This was confirmed by the Saudis on Saturday. We coordinated closely with our Saudi partners on the alternate arrangement and timing of the announcement and look forward to welcoming Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. This is not in response to any substantive issue.”
King Salman, who took power in January after his brother King Abdullah died, has not traveled abroad since his ascension to the throne.
The tiny island kingdom of Bahrain said separately Sunday that its delegation would be headed by the country’s crown prince, Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa. Bahrain, whose leadership has close ties to the Saudis, is an important military ally of the U.S. It is the longstanding host to the Navy’s 5th Fleet, which is responsible for operations around the Arabian Peninsula and northern Indian Ocean, and is Washington’s main naval counterbalance to Iran.
‘Important military ally’? Saudi Arabia is not our friend. They’re doing what is politically and strategically expedient. They are not an ‘important ally’ in any stretch of the imagination.
Its major export is jihad. Fifteen of the nineteen terrorists who attacked America on 11 September 2001, were from Saudi Arabia.
But Obama can’t do enough to trip over his own infatuation.
At the summit, leaders of Gulf nations will be looking for assurance that Obama has their support when the region feels under siege from Islamic extremists and Syria, Iraq and Yemen are in various states of chaos. Arab allies also feel threatened by Iran’s rising influence and worry the nuclear pact taking shape with the U.S., Iran and other nations may embolden Tehran to intrude more aggressively in countries of the region.
“I think we are looking for some form of security guarantee, given the behavior of Iran in the region, given the rise of the extremist threat,” Yousef al-Otaiba, the United Arab Emirates’ ambassador to the United States, told the Associated Press. “In the past, we have survived with a gentleman’s agreement with the United States about security. I think today, we need something in writing. We need something institutionalized.”
They ‘feel threatened’. That’s pretty fucking amazing since the rise of the extremist threat has been fostered for decades by a region infested with Islamofascist zealots and their spawns.
Although not extensively involved in global jihad, Bahrain maintains a facade of anti-extremism while using Sunni Islamists to oppress other factions within the country. The government has also cracked down on dissent in the media and anti-government demonstrations.
Al Jazeera, the network for Islamofascist propaganda, is based in Qatar.
Qatar is dominated by Wahhabist extremists, who are sympathetic to terrorist groups.
Qatar has emerged as the world’s chief sponsor of Sunni terrorism, it smuggles weapons into Libya and Syria with the complicity of the Obama Administration, and it was also a chief backer of Morsi in Egypt.
Qatar is among the chief financial sponsors of international terrorism.
Saudi Arabia is a backwards, Islamofascist, terrorist breeding, oppressive, misogynist theocracy.
Its major export is jihad.
They are the chief financial backers of world wide terrorist networks.
Sends double agents to commit insider attacks against American personnel in Afghanistan.
Islamic terrorism and extremism are deeply rooted in Jordan, to include the Muslim Brotherhood, Islamic Action Front (IAF) and Salafi jihadism. As with other Arab countries, this permeates the government, schools, and everyday life.
The United Arab Emirates are heavily involved in Islamic terrorism.
Every Islamic cesspool in the Middle East, North Africa, and Indonesia, funds, trains, supports, breeds, and indoctrinates muzzie jihadists. There are no “Arab allies”.
All of them are culpable for Islamic extremism. It’s the manifestation of the violent theocracy preached by their bat-shit crazy prophet Mo-ham-ass.
Iran is just gearing up for the New Caliphate by acquiring weapons for the cause.