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Gulf Leaders Snub Obama’s Latest Summit

Gulf Leaders Snub Obama’s Latest Summit

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Well, that’s embarrassing.

What if you threw a summit and no one came? That’s Obama’s reality this week as four of six Persian Gulf heads of state have declined his invitation to a summit at Camp David later this week.

The kings of Saudi Arabia and Bahrain have dropped out entirely, as have the heads of state from the United Arab Emirates and Oman. (Kuwait and Qatar haven’t dropped out yet, but there’s still time.)

This is a huge deal, considering the purpose of the summit is (in part) to address Iran’s growing influence in the region, and to discuss security guarantees from the Obama administration. Although Saudi and the other absentee nations will be sending deputies, the absence of their figureheads sends a strong message about the state of relations between the Middle East, and Barack Obama.

Via Fox News:

“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.”



Abdulkhaleq Abdullah, a professor of political science at Emirates University, told the Associated Press Gulf leaders were staying away to signal their displeasure over the nuclear talks.

“I don’t think they have a deep respect, a deep trust for Obama and his promises. There is a fundamental difference between his vision of post-nuclear-deal Iran and their vision,” he said. “They think Iran is a destabilizing force and will remain so, probably even more, if the sanctions are lifted. … They’re just not seeing things eye to eye.”

These leaders are looking for more than a discussion; they’re looking for security commitments against not only the rise of Iran, but the extremist threat spreading out from Iraq, Syria, and Yemen.

The Saudi king in particular has reason to make these demands. Officials are citing the institution of a temporary cease fire in Yemen as the reason for the king’s absence, but according to sources, there’s more behind the snub than security concerns:

“The official said that when the king met Secretary of State John Kerry in Riyadh last week, he indicated that he was looking forward to coming to the meeting. But on Friday night, after the White House put out a statement saying Mr. Obama would be meeting with King Salman in Washington, administration officials received a call from the Saudi foreign minister that the king would not be coming after all.

“There was ‘no expression of disappointment’ from the Saudis, said the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly. ‘If one wants to snub you, they let you know it in different ways,’ the official said.

No expression of disappointment—but why would they? This administration’s policy in the Middle East has gone from bad to worse, and their moves as of late have been less than helpful to coalition attempts to control Iran’s influence in the region.

Even if, for the sake of argument, we accept that Saudi and the other nations are pushing back against Iranian influence purely as a matter of power preservation, there’s still the matter of American interest in controlling it. Counterterror efforts on the Arabian Peninsula have suffered as a result of Yemen’s civil strife; that strife is a direct result of the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels’ incursion into strategically crucial areas.

The fact that four out of six leaders are refusing to have a working lunch with Obama is reflective of the realities of a devolving Middle East. The President is confident that what he’s doing is the right call; those who are living with the consequences of his destructive decisions, however, have an entirely different perspective.

Hopefully this latest embarrassment will throw those differences into relief. (Doubt it? So do I.)

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Humphrey's Executor | May 11, 2015 at 1:19 pm

Are the accommodations at Camp David lavish enough for half dozen Arab potentates?

    Not A Member of Any Organized Political in reply to Humphrey's Executor. | May 11, 2015 at 5:44 pm

    Hey you forgot!

    The elite don’t associated with their bought and paid for
    slave servants! Even if they are Saudi Arabian ones…..

    Snark Snark!

Maybe they’re protesting Pamela Gellar. Maybe they have to wash their hair…

Trooper York | May 11, 2015 at 1:32 pm

The reason they are not coming for lunch is because Michelle picked out the menu.

Which just goes to show you that the Saudi King is as smart as a fifth grader.

    Eskyman in reply to Trooper York. | May 11, 2015 at 4:17 pm

    Say, Moochele seems to pick out exquisite dinners without any problem; waygu beef, anyone?

    Now if you’d said, cooked the menu, then… well… ptomaine would be the least of your problems!

Henry Hawkins | May 11, 2015 at 1:58 pm

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, UAE, and Oman to Obama:

“Why you not handle this, take care of this? Why you help these crazy Iranians? You going to air-lift your crude oil out of the Middle East? F–k you, American pig.”

Tinkle on other people enough and they WILL tinkle on you back.

You can expect considerable international tinkling on Barracula from here on out.

    Not A Member of Any Organized Political in reply to Ragspierre. | May 11, 2015 at 5:47 pm

    I think there’s been oceans of that tinkle down from the start of “Teh Fruad Won,” Rags…….

Walker Evans | May 11, 2015 at 3:02 pm

[sarcasm]
Just another sure sign that Obama and his sycophants don’t understand anything about the Arabs of the Mid East. None of these leaders can come because today is the start of the Ramalamadingdong Holiday and they all have to stay home and perform the ritual flossing of their gerbils’ teeth!
[/sarcasm]

It would be nice if Obama understood just how badly he has been insulted, but that is probably too much to expect.

smalltownoklahoman | May 11, 2015 at 3:14 pm

Not surprised. Given Obama’s numerous mistakes in the Middle East and his sheer desperation to cut a deal, any deal, with Iran I would say it’s pretty reasonable these guys not to want to meet with him to discuss how to deal with Iran. Probably scared Obama will backstab them to encourage Iran to agree to the terms Iran wants!

Remember back in 2008 when the media/Hollywood/academia complex told us we had to elect Barack Obama so we could repair relationships with our allies and have the world love and respect us again?

LOL. How’s that working out for you so far, America?

Ah, the self-parody is off the charts with this clown-car administration. They invited these guys to discuss “security guarantees?” Bwah ha ha!!! The Gulf states can discern everything they need to know about Little B’s “guarantees” by a) watching the Iran nuclear negotiations, and b) turning on RT News to see Russian tanks rolling through Ukraine. Barry Soetero, what a limp, pathetic excuse for a leader.

Of course, the protocol for Arab royalty is never to be seen speaking with girly-men. Obama offered to bring along Valerie Jarrett, but to no avail.

Maybe next time we can elect a President with a spine. If it’s okay with all our picky sub-groups who can find a million reasons to “never ever vote for X” but forget the Democrats show up no matter what.

Gee, maybe they got an email from Ukraine telling them how much a “guarantee” of anything is worth from Obama? Or didn’t want to expose themselves to the IRS? Or just be lied to again.

Obama: “But…but….but…. I apologized and groveled to you and your people when I took office! Doesn’t that count for anything?”

(The real world: Actually, yes, yes it does. It counts for no one having any respect for you.)

    Not A Member of Any Organized Political in reply to Ted Bell. | May 11, 2015 at 5:52 pm

    Time for Obama to go on another knee crawling, kiss up world tour?

Who would want to come to Camp David to watch Obama’s late night show reruns? I’m sure he taped the shows for times like this.

JackRussellTerrierist | May 11, 2015 at 11:20 pm

obola has been snubbed so many times by other leaders that he now actually looks like the international wallflower he always was. I’m sure they’re unimpressed by obola’s graceless, knuckle-dragging wife as well.

The Arabs know he’s doing a lot of heavy lifting against their interests. They’d be stupid NOT to snub him. This is their way of saying Fyou and the horse’s ass voters you rode in on – we see what you’re doing and why.

Hawaii, perhaps. Otherwise, they are coping with the aftermath of Obama’s Hope — strike — and Change throughout the Middle East.

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