Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Obama Has Saudi Arabia Right Where They Want him To Have Them

Saudi urges Obama to impose Mideast solution - paper

RIYADH (Reuters) - King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has urged U.S. President Barack Obama to impose a solution on the festering Arab-Israeli conflict if necessary, a Saudi newspaper said on Sunday.

Saudi Arabia and other Arab states want Obama to get tough with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who has balked at Palestinian statehood and defied U.S. calls to halt the expansion of Jewish settlements.

King Abdullah told Obama during his visit to Riyadh last week that Arab patience was wearing thin and that a solution of the Arab-Israeli conflict would be the "magic key" to all issues in the region, al-Hayat said, quoting what it called informed sources.

"We want from you a serious participation to solve the Palestinian issue and impose the solution if necessary," the Saudi monarch told Obama, according to the paper, which is owned by a nephew of the monarch. It did not elaborate

All emphasis mine

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I guess Obama's new Middle East policy of being kinder and gentler is paying off. We have gotten them so comfortable with us that they are now starting to make demands on how we approach foreign policy.

I have a hard time believing the arrogance of these people. They want Obama to get tough with Israel, impose a solution on them if they won't come around and give the Arabs everything they want. They evidently have a fundamental misunderstanding of what the word negotiations means.

The reality though is that this is not arrogance as much as an accurate reading of Obama's stance towards the Middle East v Israel conflict. They know now is the time to get what they want, while they have a friend in the White House.


LASunsett said...

I think the operative word here is "impose".

My first inclination was to think the Saudis were assuming an arrogant approach to peace in the Middle East. So, I took the liberty of looking the word up to make sure I had it right.

Per Webster:

transitive verb:

1 a: to establish or apply by authority (impose a tax) (impose new restrictions) (impose penalties)

- b: to establish or bring about as if by force (those limits imposed by our own inadequacies — C. H. Plimpton)

2 a: place, set

- b: to arrange (as pages) in the proper order for printing

3: pass off (impose fake antiques on the public)

4: to force into the company or on the attention of another (impose oneself on others)

intransitive verb:

to take unwarranted advantage of something (imposed on his good nature)

Yes. As it turns out, I did.

Chuck said...

LA, I'm with you, I think their command of the English language is good enough to know what they were saying

stormin said...

if i were Obama I would be very careful about using the term "solution" when refering to the Jews or Jewish matters.

mksviews said...

And they know their friend in the white house is a dhimmi, is weak, hates America and Israel and really wants to sacrifice Israel in the name of peace.

LUCKY said...

All I want President Obama to remember which of these groups is composed of God's chosen people who he has vowed never to forget. Yeah, I know the Arabs will talk about Ismael getting the birthright but I'm not to sure about that. I've trained with the IDF, they are top notch. I say let Saudis try yet again to go into Isreal and see what happens. The thing I'm worried about is the crazies over in Iran getting nukes and how Isreal will react to that. Isreal will not accept any "solution" that compromises Isreal and we need to remember that they are unoffically a nuclear power and the lessons of massada.

Always On Watch said...

And here's what so ironic.

Arabs are known to despise African males.

Clearly, Saudi is using BHO for their own purposes -- and to the detriment of the world.

As LA pointed out, "impose" is the critical word in this article. And the Saudis know exactly what the meaning of that word is.

We who are Christians should be praying for Israel every day. The tide in the world is clearly turning to the destruction of Israel.

KrisEveland said...

Obama is clearly going to bend to every whim of the saudi's and palestinians. He has no intention of standing behind America's pledge to stand with Israel.

Larry Durham said...

CTR says,

"They know now is the time to get what they want, while they have a friend in the White House."

Do they ever. After all, he's prez of one of the largest Muslim countires in the world!

Brooke said...

I don't think the Saudis are acting so much out of the belief that they have a friend in the WH so much as they sense absolute and malleable weakness in the WH.


Chuck said...

Stormin, true

MK, personally I think Israel is irrelevant to him. I don't think he cares enough to dislike them

Lucky, I don't think Israel will let them get nukes. They'll destroy the facility first, with or without Obama. If Iran gets nukes, Israel is doomed

AOW, I fear for Israel. The other countries in the Middle East have always wanted them destroyed. The only thing stopping them, until now, was us. I'm not sure we, officially, are there for them anymore.

Kris, agreed. I think that pledge is not worth anything anymore

Larry, good point. Us Muslim countries do have to stick together.

Brooke, I think it's both.