Saudi Arabia looks at “major shift” away from US
The kingdom is citing how badly this administration has botched events with both Syria and Iran as the reason:
Upset at President Barack Obama’s policies on Iran and Syria, members of Saudi Arabia’s ruling family are threatening a rift with the United States that could take the alliance between Washington and the kingdom to its lowest point in years.
Saudi Arabia’s intelligence chief is vowing that the kingdom will make a ‘major shift’ in relations with the United States to protest perceived American inaction over Syria’s civil war as well as recent U.S. overtures to Iran, a source close to Saudi policy said on Tuesday.
Prince Bandar bin Sultan told European diplomats that the United States had failed to act effectively against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, was growing closer to Tehran, and had failed to back Saudi support for Bahrain when it crushed an anti-government revolt in 2011, the source said.
Guess all that bowing and scraping by Obama didn’t impress them much. So let’s review. Libya … destabilized and in a virtual state of anarchy. Egypt … gone. Totally mishandled and now looking at other possible alliances. Saudi Arabia … going. Syria and Iran … well into Russia’s orbit. Oh, yeah, that’s much better than when Bush was prez.
Meanwhile our Secretary of State is telling everyone relations with Saudi Arabia are both good and normal.
In unusually blunt public remarks, Prince Turki al-Faisal called Obama’s policies in Syria ‘lamentable’ and ridiculed a U.S.-Russian deal to eliminate Assad’s chemical weapons. He suggested it was a ruse to let Obama avoid military action in Syria.
‘The current charade of international control over Bashar’s chemical arsenal would be funny if it were not so blatantly perfidious. And designed not only to give Mr. Obama an opportunity to back down (from military strikes), but also to help Assad to butcher his people,’ said Prince Turki, a member of the Saudi royal family and former director of Saudi intelligence.
Now there’s respect, wouldn’t you say? You can tell that Saudi Arabia has all the respect in the world for this administration /sarc.
You know it is bad when they drop the diplo-speak and resort to “real-speak”.
No respect and certainly no fear of anything the US might do. In fact, it is because of what it hasn’t done or perhaps how badly it has done what it has done, that they are deciding to look elsewhere for an ally.
And who is waiting in the wings?
I imagine somewhere Hillary is pounding on the “reset” button.
Hey, Hill – what difference does it make now?