In what is being described in the media as a “snub,” only 2 of 6 Arab monarchs are going to make it to Obama’s summit, this week.
Via the WSJ:
Saudi Arabia’s monarch pulled out of a summit to be hosted by President Barack Obama on Thursday, in a blow to the White House’s efforts to build Arab support for a nuclear accord with Iran.
King Salman’s decision appeared to ripple across the Persian Gulf. Bahrain said on Sunday that its ruler, King Hamad bin Isaa Al Khalifa, had opted not to travel to Washington.
The only two monarchs from the six countries confirmed to attend the summit at the White House and the presidential retreat at Camp David, Md., were the emirs of Qatar and Kuwait.
At stake for the White House is Mr. Obama’s key foreign-policy initiative, an Iran pact that is proceeding toward a June 30 deadline without support from regional powers. King Salman’s decision signals that the Arab states aren’t on board and could continue to act on their own to thwart Tehran, as Saudi Arabia has done in leading a military coalition against Iran-backed rebels in Yemen.
Senior Arab officials involved in organizing the meeting said not enough progress had been made in narrowing differences with Washington on issues like Iran and Syria to make the Saudi ruler’s trip worth it.
Thomas Donnelly of the Weekly Standard still remembers how Obama’s “smart diplomacy” was going to woo a world supposedly tired of W’s obnoxious cowboy antics. (a premise, by the way, I never bought.)
It was a long time ago and a galaxy far, far away: In July 2008, presidential candidate Barack Obama made big, bold news by travelling to Berlin to – as The New York Times triumphantly recorded – “restore the world’s faith in strong American leadership and idealism.” With 200,000 Berliners waving campaign-provided American flags, Obama called for renewing America’s alliances and undoing the cowboy unilateralism of George W. Bush and Obama’s 2008 opponent Sen. John McCain.
The events of recent months are an indication of how spectacularly Obama has failed to fulfill his 2008 promise. This week comes the news that Saudi Arabia’s newly installed King Salman and three of the other six Gulf monarchs are boycotting Obama’s Camp David summit – a meeting called by Obama to reassure the Arab states that the forthcoming nuclear deal with Iran was not a betrayal of their longstanding security relationship with the United States. Beyond their fears of Iran’s nukes, the Gulf states see the rise of an aspiring Persian hegemon – in Yemen, in Syria, in Iraq – taking advantage of, if not actively conspiring with, a retreating America. In this case “no show” means “no confidence.”
On Special Report tonight after Juan Williams tried to suggest that the advanced ages of some of the leaders played a role in their backing out, Krauthammer quipped, “this isn’t about geriatric travel problems.”
He continued, “this is a loud statement from the Gulf states. You don’t have to be an expert. You have to be about eleven or older to understand what this statement is. (burrrrn) And it’s not about Yeman. This is about Iran. This is a rejection of the agreement the United States is about to embark in with Iran by the states who are going to be very badly affected by it and who strongly object to it.”
Dr. K went on to note that these Arab leaders know that any agreement with the United States would not be worth the paper it’s written on “given the history of this administration…”
Meanwhile, liberals like Ron Fournier are getting nervous: Ron Fournier: Obama Could Go Down As Worst President Ever (VIDEO)