Obama losing the Saudis?

posted at 12:55 pm on April 7, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Remember when Barack Obama promised that his foreign policy, unlike that of George W. Bush, would strengthen ties with America’s friends and improve relations with our antagonists?  Neither does Tom Brokaw, who not surprisingly failed to mention Obamas’ “smart power” in his report last night from Baghdad.  Too bad, because as CNS News reminds us, the irony is palpable:

After remarking on the difficulty of establishing democracy in the Middle East, Brokaw said that Defense Secretary Robert Gates “will face some tough questions in this region about the American intentions going on now with all this new turmoil, especially in an area where the United States has such big stakes politically and economically.”

“And a lot of those questions presumably will come from King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia,” reported Brokaw on the Nightly News. “I was told on the way in here that the Saudis are so unhappy with the Obama administration for the way it pushed out President Mubarak of Egypt that it sent high level emissaries to China and Russia to tell those two countries that Saudi Arabia now is prepared to do more business with them.”

Earlier, many warned that the aggressive demand for Mubarak to resign from power would have serious implications for our other allies in the region. Even if we hadn’t eroded our economic power, tossing aside Mubarak would cause others whose cooperation we need to re-evaluate their relationship with the US. Given our current financial position, we can hardly afford to alienate the nations in the region on which we rely for a counterbalance to Iranian dreams of hegemony as well as a mostly-quiet peace with Israel.

Some may not consider the Saudis much of a loss, being a absolute monarchy with plenty of corruption and radicalism, and there is a fair amount of truth in that argument.  At this critical time with Iran, however, we’re better off keeping them on our side both diplomatically and financially rather than losing them to China and Russia especially.


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Dang, Brokaw looks awful in that screen shot.

vcferlita on April 7, 2011 at 12:59 PM

Man Hotair is depressing today.

gophergirl on April 7, 2011 at 12:59 PM

And the hits just keep on comin’!!

VegasRick on April 7, 2011 at 12:59 PM

Saudis smarter than Obama!

Schadenfreude on April 7, 2011 at 1:01 PM

America will pay for the Obama mistake for years and years…

d1carter on April 7, 2011 at 1:02 PM

Oh goodie, now our oil will really go up now the saudis are ticked off! Way to go bho, you are making every nation in the world mad at you and America!
L

letget on April 7, 2011 at 1:03 PM

The Curse of Obama. Everything Dear Liar touches turns to crap.

rbj on April 7, 2011 at 1:03 PM

Man, when did Brokaw get so old?

Sue on April 7, 2011 at 1:03 PM

Unintended consequences.Could someone please pass that phrase on to Foggy Bottom and explain to them what it means?

a capella on April 7, 2011 at 1:03 PM

America will pay for the Obama mistake for years and years…

d1carter on April 7, 2011 at 1:02 PM

tru dat

cmsinaz on April 7, 2011 at 1:04 PM

One other possible problem, of the Saudis going to Russia or China, would be the dollars standing as the currency of oil. If the Saudis decide it is in their best interest to sell oil in some other currency. The rest OPEC would probably follow. Then the US economy would be in for a very large shock, possibly even crippling shock.

ltcatack on April 7, 2011 at 1:05 PM

Obama will need to go on another American Obama apology tour.

Electrongod on April 7, 2011 at 1:07 PM

Tom Brokaw proved he was an incompetent idiot during the coverage of the
Achille Lauro hijacking in 1985. He’s only gone down hill in the ensuing years. King Abdullah and the Saudi’s, for all their faults and short-comings have been solid allies to the US in the mid-east. Seems that Obeyme is turning our allies away one by one.

The key to the entire situation is, and will continue to be, Jerusalem.

oldleprechaun on April 7, 2011 at 1:07 PM

SA, China, Russia. The new power structure. Meanwhile, Gaddafi plays hide and seek with NATO and the MB helps draw up Egypt’s new constitution, while Scooter goes off to court Al Sharpton.

a capella on April 7, 2011 at 1:07 PM

clearly this all due to raaaaaaaaacism.
and guns, n bibles n stuff.

smfic on April 7, 2011 at 1:08 PM

Wake up, folks, most of the rest of the world is heading to Beijing and Moscow, not out of some ideological bent, but because both are more stable and rational partners. The Obama White House is a haven for only those with similar interests to those of Obama.

The fact of the matter, the current Administration cannot be trusted…by allies nor foes, alike.

Smart [Samantha] Power.

coldwarrior on April 7, 2011 at 1:09 PM

Oil, money, US military hardware…..how does one say jackpot in Mandarin?!

journeyintothewhirlwind on April 7, 2011 at 1:09 PM

Man Hotair is depressing today.
gophergirl on April 7, 2011 at 12:59 PM

Really, Hey Ed, how ’bout a Megyn Kelly update…

DamnYankee on April 7, 2011 at 1:09 PM

Man Hotair is depressing today.
gophergirl on April 7, 2011 at 12:59 PM

Don’t blame the messenger.

logis on April 7, 2011 at 1:10 PM

You’d think our foreign so-called “allies” would have learned a valuable lesson thirty six years ago when they watched a democrat dominated congress turn its back on and abandon our ally, the Republic of Vietnam.

bannedbyhuffpo on April 7, 2011 at 1:10 PM

Dominos, anyone?

Shy Guy on April 7, 2011 at 1:11 PM

America will pay for the Obama mistake for years and years…

d1carter on April 7, 2011 at 1:02 PM

You’re right…..We’re paying for Carters screw-up with Iran 30 plus years later.

PappyD61 on April 7, 2011 at 1:11 PM

a capella on April 7, 2011 at 1:07 PM

priorities…

cmsinaz on April 7, 2011 at 1:11 PM

One other possible problem, of the Saudis going to Russia or China, would be the dollars standing as the currency of oil.

So, how many of us are old enough to remember Richard Nixon removing us from the gold standard so we could go to “petro-dollars”?

the US economy would be in for a very large shock, possibly even crippling LETHAL shock.
tcatack on April 7, 2011 at 1:05 PM

And I have been convinced for quite a while that is the goal.

oldleprechaun on April 7, 2011 at 1:12 PM

Remember when Barack Obama promised that his foreign policy, unlike that of George W. Bush, would strengthen ties with America’s friends and improve relations with our antagonists?

Selective Journalism, but then how can you trust a reporter that cannot pronounce the letter L

Kini on April 7, 2011 at 1:12 PM

Man, when did Brokaw get so old?

Sue on April 7, 2011 at 1:03 PM

Weekend at Tommy’s

pain train on April 7, 2011 at 1:13 PM

So Obama goes back and bows lower this time?

Wethal on April 7, 2011 at 1:14 PM

…we’re better off keeping them [Saudis] on our side both diplomatically and financially rather than losing them to China and Russia especially.

I don’t know whether to laugh or cry. They have pandered to the Wahhabis who are the source of the radical Islam we are supposedly at war with. Now the Saudis may have to pay the piper. That Barry is stabbing allies in the back is to be expected.
Egypt borders Israel,and had a peace treaty with them. That’s why Obama was leading the pack telling Mubarak to step down. Libya doesn’t so K’daffy wasn’t so important. Syria already hates Israel and controls Lebanon so nothing to see there. If I were the King of Jordan, I’d be very afraid.

cartooner on April 7, 2011 at 1:15 PM

Wake up, folks, most of the rest of the world is heading to Beijing and Moscow, not out of some ideological bent, but because both are more stable and rational partners. The Obama White House is a haven for only those with similar interests to those of Obama.

The fact of the matter, the current Administration cannot be trusted…by allies nor foes, alike.

Smart [Samantha] Power.

coldwarrior on April 7, 2011 at 1:09 PM

Unlikely we will ever regain credibility, at levels we previously enjoyed, for decades. Things are moving too fast to play catch up at that rate.

a capella on April 7, 2011 at 1:15 PM

Back when President Obama was elected there was an interview with Tom Sowell. I’m pretty sure the interviewer was Peter Robinson. Sowell was asked what most concerns him about the coming Obama administration. Sowell didn’t say health insurance, “spreading the wealth,” “fundemental transformation,” etc.

He said he was most concerned about how Obama will deal with the Middle East.

visions on April 7, 2011 at 1:16 PM

This has been reported for weeks.

Saudis won’t even talk to Gates, Biden, Hillary.

People look at how you treat your friends. Mubarak was a friend.

The Libya intervention isn’t helping either. Like it or not, for the last seven years Qadaffi played ball.

People look at what is happening to him now and say “guess it doesn’t pay to play ball with the US anymore.”

Predictable. Unfortunate, but predictable.

Dreadnought on April 7, 2011 at 1:16 PM

The world respects POWER, not a p*ssy.
2012 cannot come fast enough.

HornetSting on April 7, 2011 at 1:16 PM

Really, Hey Ed, how ’bout a Megyn Kelly update…

DamnYankee on April 7, 2011 at 1:09 PM

Have you seen her recently in all her pregnant glory?

Doesn’t cheer me up (now if it were mine…).

pain train on April 7, 2011 at 1:17 PM

Oil @ $109.88, 13:01 EDT.

marinetbryant on April 7, 2011 at 1:17 PM

America will pay for the Obama mistake for years and years…

d1carter on April 7, 2011 at 1:02 PM

Yup. Icebreaker?

Bruce Fein, an attorney who was a DOJ official under Reagan and worked on the impeachment of Clinton, has drafted articles of impeachment for President Obama “citing the illegality of attacking Libya without the approval of Congress.” (Fein also called for the impeachments of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney.) [CD]

petefrt on April 7, 2011 at 1:18 PM

As was the case during the Cold War, it doesn’t seem like China’s and Russia’s interests necessarily are aligned though.

Russia is looking at a declining population and hoping to surf the commodities bubble into the next century. China is simultaneously trying to maintain the pace of development while keeping a lid on inflation. Russia would seemly like to continue the current low-level amount of instability to keep prices high, while China would seemingly want to reduce the amount of conflict and keep prices low. I’m not sure how the House of Saud would benefit by become a client state of either outside of simply putting pressure on the US.

chimney sweep on April 7, 2011 at 1:18 PM

Nothing like negotiating from a position of strength. Too bad it’s them, not us.

I see now why Obama bowed.

TexasDan on April 7, 2011 at 1:19 PM

it sent high level emissaries to China and Russia to tell those two countries that Saudi Arabia now is prepared to do more business with them.”

Obama’s plan is working.

pedestrian on April 7, 2011 at 1:20 PM

Wow Obutthead!!!!!

Who’s next? Canada?

capejasmine on April 7, 2011 at 1:21 PM

I guess the deep, grovelling bow to the king didn’t buy us much love. Bummer. And I was so sure that, once they saw how our president would bow and scrape before their king, and apologize to Muslims everywhere for everything, they’d have to respect us. Go figure.

morganfrost on April 7, 2011 at 1:22 PM

Oh goodie, now our oil will really go up now the saudis are ticked off! Way to go bho, you are making every nation in the world mad at you and America!
L

letget on April 7, 2011 at 1:03 PM

He needs oil to go up so his “green energy” can compete.

cartooner on April 7, 2011 at 1:22 PM

Obama’s Smart Power is pure crap. He starts with dogsh@t, moves to Horseh@t and by Friday all he’s left with is Bullsh@t. It’s all a dirty, stinky mess.

FireFly on April 7, 2011 at 1:24 PM

About that bow . . .

Angry Dumbo on April 7, 2011 at 1:24 PM

It’s not just Brokaw. We’ve all gotten old before our time under this Manchurian President.

kingsjester on April 7, 2011 at 1:25 PM

So Obama goes back and bows lower this time?

Wethal on April 7, 2011 at 1:14 PM

He’s going to need kneepads this time.

Watching the budget debacle unfold, it makes me ILL that there are so many people that still believe in this idiot president and his dimwit congress. They are the party of no, now, NO drilling in the Gulf, Anwar, shale, so many places we could be drilling our OWN oil, creating jobs down the line, but NO, they cannot allow that to happen, because their endgame is the end of America as we know it.
I wish people would pull their heads out and WAKE UP!

HornetSting on April 7, 2011 at 1:26 PM

HornetSting on April 7, 2011 at 1:26 PM

We’re hollering as loud as we can, ma’am. There just needs to be more of us.

kingsjester on April 7, 2011 at 1:29 PM

There are multiple reasons that Obama’s offending the Saudis should not surprise anyone:
1. Offending all traditional allies of any sort is a fundamental part of Obama’s agenda;
2. This is contrary to an Obama pledge, and every Obama pledge is a lie;
3. This action favors militant islamist jihadists, another Obama principle;
4. This action puts America’s energy situation in greater peril, another Obama principle.

GaltBlvnAtty on April 7, 2011 at 1:30 PM

HornetSting on April 7, 2011 at 1:26 PM

We’re hollering as loud as we can, ma’am. There just needs to be more of us.

kingsjester on April 7, 2011 at 1:29 PM

I know, KJ, I’m preaching to the choir. The people HERE are engaged, the rest have their tongues tickling their tonsils, eagerly awaiting the next week’s Dancing with the Stars. I see it even with my friends…they just don’t get and make you feel like you are a debbie downer. Well, they are in for a shock, but I and mine will be prepared for it.

HornetSting on April 7, 2011 at 1:32 PM

Obowma was only following his orders…

“He also advocates that China should be top dog while we play second fiddle.”

Seven Percent Solution on April 7, 2011 at 1:32 PM

America will pay for the Obama mistake for years and years…

d1carter on April 7, 2011 at 1:02 PM

No, the MSM will have to remain carrying Obozo’s water for decades. After all, it was the MSM that carried him into office without doing any vetting and they are NOT going to admit athey might have made a mistake. We, the sheeples and the rest of the world, just weren’t ready for the coming of Obamasiah.

belad on April 7, 2011 at 1:40 PM

oldleprechaun on April 7, 2011 at 1:12 PM

Ending the dollar as the global reserve currency is probably high on the Soros agenda:

Two George Soros Events Aim to Remake the Financial Order and the Media

My bet is it’s on Øbama’s agenda too, but he won’t dare admit it.

petefrt on April 7, 2011 at 1:51 PM

Obama’s Smart Power is pure crap. He starts with dogsh@t, moves to Horseh@t and by Friday all he’s left with is Bullsh@t. It’s all a dirty, stinky mess.

FireFly on April 7, 2011 at 1:24 PM

QotD

+1000

sandspur on April 7, 2011 at 2:02 PM

So the Arabs can see clearly that this President can’t be trusted and has no sense of honor. Do they miss Bush yet?

Does Michelle have to give back the 1.5M in jewelry?

Hening on April 7, 2011 at 2:07 PM

Obama losing the Saudis?

Does it matter? Obama’s ally is the Liberal Mainstream Media – they don’t concern themselves with “realities” they sell perception, and I don’t see any sign of them giving up on carrying this administration’s water….cause that’s just how corporate media works. Perception trumps Reality and Commerce trumps both…how has GE using NBCU cheer leading for the Obama administration worked out….hint: they are paying zero in taxes.

Lamestream Media: Progressives good, Conservatives and Libertarians are bad…go back to sleep or following Snookie on Twitter America…you’re eyes are heavy, you’re getting sleepier SARC.

Dr Evil on April 7, 2011 at 2:38 PM

Ed, take a look at the other missteps vis a vis Egypt.

OT but related to the dhimmitude in our government:
What is wrong with our State Department?
http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/264099/state-dept-hey-we-want-condemn-burning-holy-koran-too-andrew-c-mccarthy

onlineanalyst on April 7, 2011 at 2:46 PM

Obama is awesome!!!(Now excuse me while I bang my head on the table.)

flackcatcher on April 7, 2011 at 2:46 PM

With the magical, super-duper-great-green energy we’ll have any day now, why do we need the saudis?
s/

Hard Right on April 7, 2011 at 2:50 PM

“Obama losing the Saudis?”

They’re in the rough between the trap and the woods. He’ll find them again.

Dusty on April 7, 2011 at 2:57 PM

The Curse of Obama. Everything Dear Liar touches turns to crap.

rbj on April 7, 2011 at 1:03 PM

He’s King Midas in reverse.

/the hollies

Ward Cleaver on April 7, 2011 at 3:09 PM

With the magical, super-duper-great-green energy we’ll have any day now, why do we need the saudis?
s/

Hard Right on April 7, 2011 at 2:50 PM

Before you know it, we’ll be exporting unicorn farts.

Ward Cleaver on April 7, 2011 at 3:11 PM

So Obama bows to the Saudi’s…..makes one of the largest arms deals in our history with them…..
…………….and still is so inept that he is driving them the Russians and Chinese,two of the best friends of Iran.

..Well at least Obama is not bombing the sh!t out of an oil rich country without Congressional approval,that did not attack us,and posed no imminent threat…..

………..oh wait.

Baxter Greene on April 7, 2011 at 3:17 PM

Our president needs a WWGWBD? bracelet.

Somebody send one to him, quick.

StubbleSpark on April 7, 2011 at 3:31 PM

StubbleSpark on April 7, 2011 at 3:31 PM

Overheard in a quiet suburb of Dallas today:

“Heh, heh. Ha. Ha Ha!! Omigod, Laura, can you believe this? I mean…told him Presidentin’ was hard work. Ha Ha Ha!! Ho Ho! giggle snort Ha Ha!!! This is just so damn funny!!! Ooops, did I just swear? Anyway. Ha ha Ho Ho Ha Hah!!!!!

coldwarrior on April 7, 2011 at 3:42 PM

CHUMP CHANGE.

Bow deeper, Barry!

profitsbeard on April 7, 2011 at 5:46 PM

Judgment to Lead(tm)!

stvnscott on April 7, 2011 at 6:11 PM

America will pay for the Obama mistake for years and years…

d1carter on April 7, 2011 at 1:02 PM

He’s burned a hell of a lot of bridges so rapidly I can’t see any country trusting anyone who takes over the presidency. No matter what the political party.

mizflame98 on April 7, 2011 at 11:49 PM