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Obama to Visit Saudi Arabia Amid Tensions Over Iran, Syria: Report
Reuters ^ | Saturday, February 1, 2014 | Reporting by Roberta Rampton in Washington; Writing by Eric M. Johnson in Seattle; Editing Ken Wills

Posted on 01/31/2014 10:11:35 PM PST by kristinn

President Barack Obama plans to travel to Saudi Arabia in March on a mission to smooth tensions with Washington's main Arab ally over U.S. policy on Iran's nuclear program and the civil war in Syria, a newspaper reported.

Obama is preparing to meet with King Abdullah for a summit, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday, citing unnamed Arab officials briefed on the meetings.

"This is about a deteriorating relationship" and declining trust, said a senior Arab official in discussing the need for the summit, which was pulled together in recent days, the newspaper reported.

A White House spokeswoman declined to comment.

SNIP

King Abdullah is also to use the meeting to question Obama on why he decided against airstrikes in Syria, which Saudi and other Arab officials believe strengthened Assad, the newspaper reported.

"The meeting in many ways will get back to basics," said a Saudi official briefed on the meetings, according the Wall Street Journal. "Why did Obama do it the way he did it?"

(Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com ...


TOPICS: Egypt; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Israel; News/Current Events; Syria; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: benghazi; egypt; iran; iraq; israel; jordan; lebanon; libya; obama; obamatrip; saudiarabia; saudiarabiatrip; sudan; syria; waronterror

1 posted on 01/31/2014 10:11:35 PM PST by kristinn
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To: kristinn

Will he visit the rock?


2 posted on 01/31/2014 10:13:48 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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OMG, the bowing to ensue...

Perhaps he’ll kiss their feet too.

You know, you can’t buy class and this guy hasn’t earned a dollar in his life.

He’s Chicago’s answer to Jed Clampet.


3 posted on 01/31/2014 10:14:08 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Amnesty is job NONE! It isn't even the leading issue with Hipanics.)
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To: kristinn

Gee, hope nothing goes wrong.


4 posted on 01/31/2014 10:18:10 PM PST by doc1019
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To: kristinn

Lets hope he doesn’t f things up too badly. I still hold out hope of being able to visit the Kingdom once more some day; I want to share the incredible night skies I saw during Desert Storm with my wife.

At this rate, I’m not likely to be able to manage that anytime soon unless I happen to buddy up to one of the Princes.


5 posted on 01/31/2014 10:28:50 PM PST by Little Pig (Vi Veri Veniversum Vivus Vici.)
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To: doc1019

t’would be such a pity


6 posted on 01/31/2014 10:30:15 PM PST by LeoWindhorse
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To: kristinn

His master’s voice.


7 posted on 01/31/2014 10:30:43 PM PST by faithhopecharity (C?)
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Just checking in with one of his bosses.

8 posted on 01/31/2014 10:31:13 PM PST by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: kristinn
Why? He has no diplomacy skills. His bag of tricks consists of a teleprompter and a speech accompanied by his fabulous smile and swiveling head.
9 posted on 01/31/2014 10:43:54 PM PST by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheelbarrow)
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To: doc1019

I share your....your.......your....concern.


10 posted on 01/31/2014 10:57:16 PM PST by Reagan‹berAlles
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To: kristinn

Lets hope he never comes back, the Arabs can keep him


11 posted on 01/31/2014 11:03:21 PM PST by Sarah Barracuda
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To: kristinn

The XL Pipeline will be cancelled for “environmental reasons” when
Zero returns.


12 posted on 01/31/2014 11:06:09 PM PST by alpo (What would Selco do?)
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To: kristinn

More bows and ring kissing, huh?


13 posted on 01/31/2014 11:07:34 PM PST by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: Jet Jaguar

~~~Will he visit the rock?~~~

Probably kiss it through that aluminum toilet seat-looking thingy.


14 posted on 01/31/2014 11:14:31 PM PST by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: F15Eagle

Yep...


15 posted on 01/31/2014 11:15:36 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: DoughtyOne

He’s Chicago’s answer to Jed Clampet.


Hate the analogy. Jed had no access to higher education. He was actually smart and full of common sense. Plus he wasn’t evil.


16 posted on 01/31/2014 11:20:30 PM PST by o-n-money
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To: Sarah Barracuda

It’s what I pray for...that he never comes back. After all, he loves to vacation and pleasure himself...one of these days his “vacation” will be permanent, for which I will give thanks to the Lord.


17 posted on 02/01/2014 12:52:07 AM PST by itssme
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To: Reagan√úberAlles

OK I’ll say it, keep the SOB.


18 posted on 02/01/2014 1:18:34 AM PST by exnavy (Fish or cut bait ...Got ammo, Godspeed!)
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To: kristinn

Putting Mooschelle in a Burqa for the visit might be a Saudi prerequisite. It ain’t Hawaii over there for her royal big behineyness to enjoy taxpayer lavished bennies.


19 posted on 02/01/2014 2:05:07 AM PST by tflabo (Truth or Tyranny)
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To: kristinn

The Tyrant will tell them to HIDE, while Iran nukes
Israel and the USA. After all, HE is protected
and he wants his desired ‘final solution’ to both.


20 posted on 02/01/2014 2:44:42 AM PST by Diogenesis
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To: kristinn

Is it that time of year again? Time to make the yearly trek to the Hajj?


21 posted on 02/01/2014 4:17:11 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: tflabo
Putting Mooschelle in a Burqa for the visit might be a Saudi prerequisite.

I doubt she will be taking the trip.

22 posted on 02/01/2014 5:07:32 AM PST by UCANSEE2 (I forgot what my tagline was supposed to say)
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To: kristinn

Are they going to show mac daddy crawling on his hands and knees to kiss the feet of the of King Abdullah?


23 posted on 02/01/2014 5:49:33 AM PST by chiefqc
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To: kristinn

24 posted on 02/01/2014 5:54:45 AM PST by Jim Noble (When strong, avoid them. Attack their weaknesses. Emerge to their surprise.)
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To: Jet Jaguar

It will be quite telling if he does, won’t it?


25 posted on 02/01/2014 6:13:40 AM PST by bergmeid (Resist we much!)
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To: kristinn

With the NSA monitoring everything he has to get his orders face to face.


26 posted on 02/01/2014 6:31:18 AM PST by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: o-n-money

When I came up with the analogy, it was based on the unpolished nature of the Clampets. It wasn’t based on their education or moral values. I agree with your points.


27 posted on 02/01/2014 7:28:23 AM PST by DoughtyOne (Amnesty is job NONE! It isn't even the leading issue with Hipanics.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

What else will they discuss? Why did Zero back Iran’s own Mohamed Morsi from the git-go? Why did Zero do nothing to retaliate against Iran’s terror operation in Benghazi? Why did Zero “suddenly” change sides? Why does Zero continue to do nothing as Iran expands its control over Iraq, Lebanon, and Syria? Thanks kristinn.


28 posted on 02/01/2014 7:38:23 AM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: DoughtyOne

Islamic group once tied to terror trial received thousands in farm subsidies, without growing crops

By Emily Walker
Published February 01, 2014
FoxNews.com

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/02/01/islamic-group-tied-to-terror-trial-receiving-thousands-in-farm-subsidies/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+foxnews%2Fpolitics+%28Internal+-+Politics+-+Text%29


29 posted on 02/01/2014 7:48:57 AM PST by KeyLargo
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To: kristinn

“Majlis National Security Council Committee member Mohammad Ismail Kothari as reported by Fars: “Obama himself knows better than anyone that the U.S. is in no shape to attack any country… How can the Americans, who were defeated in Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan, stand fast against Iran’s defense force? [Addressing Obama:] If you make a mistake and act against Iran, be certain that we will fire with all our strength on your interests in the region…”


30 posted on 02/01/2014 8:00:02 AM PST by KeyLargo
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To: kristinn

Make sure to get a good shot of him bowing to the King and kissing the ring.


31 posted on 02/01/2014 8:17:56 AM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: kristinn

He’s being called home to his mentors that he is now screwing over.


32 posted on 02/01/2014 9:13:39 AM PST by ncfool (Obama's aMeriKa 2012 The land of entitlement for the 51% crowd.)
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To: ncfool

Called on the carpet..


33 posted on 02/01/2014 9:40:32 AM PST by AFret. ("Charlie don't surf ! ")
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To: kristinn

Is bammy getting some presidential kneepads?


34 posted on 02/01/2014 10:15:13 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: kristinn

“Why did he do it they way he did it?” The kenyan didn’t do anything. his hands are calloused only from sitting on them. next question please.


36 posted on 02/01/2014 11:46:24 AM PST by cherokee1 (skip the names---just kick the buttz)
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To: Jet Jaguar

Watch to see if the Kenyan is wearing flip flops when he boards Air Farce One to make the trip. And keep your eye open to see if he goes downtown to buy a fresh set of Yessir/Yasser rags to make the trip with.


37 posted on 02/01/2014 11:50:01 AM PST by cherokee1 (skip the names---just kick the buttz)
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To: kristinn

The TSA doesn’t do special checking for citizens of Saudia Arabia.

That must be worth a pretty penny...


38 posted on 02/01/2014 12:13:31 PM PST by GOPJ (Liberals never let something as petty as being 100% wrong stop them - Blood of Tyrants)
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To: kristinn

Makes sense, Muslims are required to make a pilgrimage once in their lives..


39 posted on 02/01/2014 12:42:40 PM PST by cardinal4
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To: KeyLargo

Isn’t that the point of the farm subsidies? As I understood it they were to keep some land non-producing so there wasn’t an over-abundance of crops. It was called the Land Bank if I’m recalling accurately. Large crops could cause the market prices to crash, thus driving many folks out of farming? It was meant to be a stabilizing force, also a force to protect the food supply. If a lot of folks left farming, big agg businesses included, there would soon be large food shortages..

Now, is it gamed? Isn’t everything? We have folks coming into this nation and ripping off everything they can to the bone. There are folks here too, that game the system I’m sure.

I grow weary of trying to keep all these programs straight. Unless you’re tuned in to them all the time, watching the day to day details, it easy to lose track of their value.

As I said, I have favored them. I know a lot of Conservatives don’t, because they don’t want to see government involvement outside of it’s main mandates. I can identify with that goal.

If it could be proven that this program did protect the food supply, it would seem to me to be something of decent value to everyone. Even though the government would take tax dollars to pay for non-production, the benefit would go directly to every taxpayer who goes to the super-market.

In some instance, I think government involvement can have benefit. I don’t always jump in to scream bloody murder when the government gets involved, but I think we can safely say were talking about the 0.5 to 2.5%, and not the 97.5 to 99.5%.


40 posted on 02/01/2014 2:15:47 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Amnesty is job NONE! It isn't even the leading issue with Hipanics.)
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To: Jet Jaguar
I think he visits something else there that rhymes.

Either way: DEAR SAUDIS, PLEASE KEEP HIM.

41 posted on 02/02/2014 10:00:29 PM PST by Yehuda (Pres Obortion, Sen.McAnus, Hillary Abedin Clinton all kiss the *ss of the muslim brotherhood. A cs p)
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To: Jim Noble

I’m usually on lynx. Can’t see any pictures. This was
a great followup otherwise [for those who get the reference]


42 posted on 02/05/2014 11:37:01 AM PST by cycjec
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