CAIRO — Over seven decades, the United States and Saudi Arabia forged a strategic alliance that became a linchpin of the regional order: a liberal democracy and an ultraconservative monarchy united by shared interests in the stability of the Middle East and the continued flow of oil.
But with President Obama arriving in Riyadh on Friday, the rulers of Saudi Arabia say they feel increasingly compelled to go their own way, pursuing starkly different strategies from Washington in dealing with Iran, Syria, Egypt and the role of the Muslim Brotherhood in the region.
“Their view of Mr. Obama is that his entire understanding is wrong,” said Mustafa Alani, an analyst at the Geneva-based Gulf Research Center who is close to the Saudi monarchy. “The trust in him is not very high, so he will not have an easy ride, and a lot of hard questions will be put on the table.”RTWT.
OBAMA HASN'T IMPROVED THE USA FOREIGN POLICY OR OUR FOREIGN RELATIONS; IN FACT, UNDER OBAMA OUR FOREIGN RELATIONS HAVE GOTTEN MUCH MUCH WORSE.
OBAMA HAS BEEN AN ABYSMAL FAILURE... FOR US AND OUR ALLIES.
THEN AGAIN: IF HE'S REALLY A DOUBLE AGENT WORKING FOR PUTIN, THEN HE'S BEEN AN UNBELIEVABLE SUCCESS!