WORLD TRIB:U.S. officials are worried by what they described as a chill in relations with Saudi Arabia. The officials said the Saudis have been dismayed by President Barack Obama's decision to seek a reconciliation with Iran. They said Saudi leaders have sent a series of warnings that this would directly harm U.S. allies in the Gulf.
"The Saudis are beginning to back away from us and consider other strategic alliances," an official said.
Obama plans to visit Saudi Arabia on June 3 during his three-day trip to Egypt, Germany and France. Officials said the president added Riyadh to his itinerary amid warnings that Saudi leaders were becoming increasingly frustrated with the U.S. policy of reconciliation with Iran. The Saudi royal family was not assuaged by the visit of Defense Secretary Robert Gates in May, officials said. They said Gates, despite his promises of additional U.S. weapons and training, was treated cooly by Abdullah and his aides.
It's really quite unbelievable what is going on in a few short months.
Perhaps Mr. Obama is depending on Abbas to be our key ally in the coming years of wandering in our diplomatic, military, and economic desert.
Can you imagine what they are planning, while viewing all this from Teheran?
And what plans to ameliorate their positions are being concocted right now in Canberra, London, Prague, Warsaw, Seoul and Tokyo?
Who could consider themselves our ally?
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE AN ALLY
OF THE PEOPLE WHO ELECTED BARACK OBAMA?