Obama Arrives In Saudi Arabia To "Reassure" His Close Ally That Nothing Has Changed

Tyler Durden's picture

While Congress is scrambling to sweep the recently introduced Bipartisan bill that would allow US families to sue Saudi Arabia for Sept 11, Barack Obama has just landed in Saudi Arabia to reassure his close ally that all is under control.

President Obama with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef,
center, and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, in May 2015

As the WSJ reports, Obama arrived today in the Saudi kingdom for a brief trip "meant to provide reassurances to Gulf allies and to bolster his own foreign-policy legacy."

With just nine months left in office, Mr. Obama is aiming to steady what have become rocky relationships in the region and to tackle issues ranging from the fight against Islamic State to addressing Iranian aggression, along with easing tensions between Tehran and Saudi Arabia. But in Riyadh, the president will find frustrated allies who already have begun to look ahead to the next administration.

Obama plans to spend about 28 hours in the Saudi capital, holding talks with King Salman Wednesday afternoon and attending a Thursday summit hosted by leaders of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council. This trip, perhaps the last to Riyadh during Mr. Obama’s presidency, serves as a bookend for an administration that once sought a “new beginning” for the U.S. and the Islamic world, but now is confronting the prospect of a tense conclusion to this chapter.

Of course, the main reason for the simmering Saudi tensions has been the thawing of US relations with Iran, Saudi Arabia's self-proclaimed biggest regional threat.

Meanwhile, from the NYT, here are some pointers on what Obama should not do during his visit: sell even more weapons to the belligerent kingdom in exchange for goodwill that only lasts as long as the status quo is not threatened.

When President Obama visits Saudi Arabia this week for a meeting with representatives from the Gulf Cooperation Council countries, he should avoid doing what he did at Camp David last May, the last time he met with them: promise more arms sales. Since Mr. Obama hosted that meeting, the United States has offered over $33 billion in weaponry to its Persian Gulf allies, with the bulk of it going to Saudi Arabia. The results have been deadly.


The Saudi-American arms deals are a continuation of a booming business that has developed between Washington and Riyadh during the Obama years. In the first six years of the Obama administration, the United States entered into agreements to transfer nearly $50 billion in weaponry to Saudi Arabia, with tens of billions of dollars of additional offers in the pipeline.


The Pentagon claims that these arms transfers to Saudi Arabia “improve the security of an important partner which has been and continues to be an important force for political stability and economic progress in the Middle East.” Recent Saudi actions suggest otherwise.


The Obama administration says that it has urged restraint from the Saudis, but that doesn’t appear to have worked. Human Rights Watch has reported that two Saudi strikes on a market in the Yemeni village of Mastaba in mid-March killed at least 97 civilians, including 25 children. This was just one in a series of Saudi strikes on marketplaces, hospitals and other civilian targets, attacks that Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have said may constitute war crimes.

Alas, Obama is in a bind: threaten to expose Saudi involvement in Sept 11, or dare to suggest that the US military-industrial supply chain into Saudi Arabia is slowing, and the response is already clear: a threat to dump hundreds of billions in US securities. Which is why Obama has zero leverage and will fold to any Saudi demand presented during his meetings today.

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ZeroPoint's picture

The Sauds just called in their prized belly dancer. Stuff must be real bad.

Uchtdorf's picture

What did he know and when did he know it? How long ago did this trip get planned?

Looney's picture

I don’t think Mr.Yellen needed any persuasion from 0bama with NOT raising the rates.

The real reason for their WH meeting was the Saudi’s threat to start selling the USTs.

The 28-pages Kabuki was played out in public on purpose – to give 0bama something to threaten the Saudis with during the official visit. I think?  ;-)


MillionDollarBonus_'s picture

Saudi Arabia are our one of our strongest allies in the war on terror. Obama captured Osama Bin Laden and dumped him in the middle of the ocean - it's over, we killed the man responsible for 9/11, and the endless conspiracy theories need to stop. It's time to put this matter to rest and show respect for the victims who died in that horrific terror attack. Inventing conspiracy theories and damaging our relationships with key allies in the war on terror is only going to harm our national security and endanger many more lives.

VinceFostersGhost's picture




Anyone know who this Vernon Jerrett guy is.....and how it ties the Saudis?



VinceFostersGhost's picture




And, also equally interesting, is that Obama has paid a king’s ransom for court ordered seals of any such records of this potential financing of his college education, and perhaps, of other of his expenses.


RafterManFMJ's picture

Obama arrives in Saudi to accept a large bag of cash and a large Saudi cock in his ass. I literally would not be surprised if he allowed a prince or two to fuck him.

nuubee's picture

Saudi Arabia is human cancer.

Taylor's picture
Taylor (not verified) nuubee Apr 20, 2016 9:20 AM

Obama will not finish his second term! This will scare millions!


nmewn's picture

Take another bow Barry.

And while you're at it, call Yellen and have her cut ANOTHER Carbon Credit check on our account for travelling half way round the fucking planet.

oldmanofthesee's picture

Looks remarkably, like Valerie Jarrett?

Loanman26's picture

One of the groomers and heavy lifters for the great chosen one.

Luc X. Ifer's picture

@ MillionDollarBonus_Hey fucker "Inventing conspiracy theories and damaging our relationships with key allies in the war on terror" are you threatening the ones who don't lick the official version

with being tagged with *terrorism suspect* label?! You dipshit NSA scumbag.

Gief Gold Plox's picture

Dude, seriously. With a year-old account you should have learned about MillonDollarBonus' sarcasm by now.

bobsmith5's picture

How can MDB be sarcasm when he has a website devoted to his trash?  Please explain that to me.  That means he does not really believe his own garbage.

alibi's picture

We'll put this matter to rest AND show respect for the victims AND their families when we bring the cocksuckers responsible to justice!!

Kayman's picture


If we were serious about the "War on Terror" we would lay a little "Shock and Awe" on the Saudis. 

You used to be funny- even hilarious sometimes. Now you are getting boring.


bobsmith5's picture

Nobody can be this goddamned dumb.  This has to be Tyler Durden himself in a brilliant move to incite argument and debate on his own site. But the fact that this totally insane person always advertises his own website and articles here, so that makes that less likely.

Saudi Arabia was complicit along with Cheney and Bush, aka banker puppets, in masterminding, and financing 9/11.  God MDB your ignorance and stupidity knows no boundaries.  Who in the fuck and where in the fuck do you think Al Queda originated MDB.  Bin Ladin you dumb ass, he was a Saudi, best friends with Bushes.  15 of the hijackers were Saudi's you complete fucking moron.  God, your incredible stupidity makes people angry. HOW CAN YOU BE SO GODDAMNED DUMB.  You have to be a government paid shill of some kind.  Thing is your shilling does the exact opposite of what they try to do.

BaBaBouy's picture

WTF Owbouie ??? Who Runs America???
Release The 911 Sawdee 28 Pages Official Report, For The Unfortunate USA VICTIMS !!!

Winston Churchill's picture

Nothing strategic is ever made public before its already been done.

We cannot trust the next TIC report anymore than the BLS numbers, and KSA UST holdings

were secret anyway.

Next up oil sales in other currency's by the KSA.Thats where the CIPS/SWIFT deal comes in.


BaBaBouy's picture

Working For The GWB Clan ...

Chupacabra-322's picture

@ Uchtdorf,

Not only is Obama a Scum Fuck Pure Evil Psychopath, he's now officially become, although he's always been, an accessory to War Crimes, Treason & Conspriacy to Muder Amercian's.

Its safe to say now, any Criminal Fraud CEO "President" of the Criminal Fraud UNITED STATES, CORP. INC. from here on out would have to defacto continue the Crime, swear an Oath to Treason & continue the PsyOp / False Narrative Flag of 911.

Anti-kleptocrat's picture

... a saudi 'prince' must need another 0bama BJ ... but he must bow down low and get real close ... 

Kayman's picture

"... a saudi 'prince' must need another 0bama BJ ... but he must bow down low and get real close ... "

Not to put too fine a point on your proposition, but only Muslim lips would be allowed to kiss the German Army Helmet of a royal Muslim pecker.

But I think kissing the royal foot is still on.

Squid Viscous's picture

Goat fuckers, meet ass catcher!

Antifaschistische's picture

Obama Arrives In Saudi Arabia To "Reassure" His Close Ally (Spiritual Brothers) That Nothing Has Changed

JRobby's picture

Assume invading and occupying, rounding up the entire extended royal family, putting them in a cage and throwing it in the sea is not on the agenda?

Cautiously Pessimistic's picture

Those 2 Marines, standing guard in background of the picture, could bring about 'HOPE AND CHANGE' real quick, with a few well placed blows to the head.

Ghordius's picture

alas, no. the line of succession for the throne of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has over 1'000 princes, all descendants of the first Saud

and many of them are quite rich, some really much so, and some have small private armies, private intelligence and even private ops-teams

and my suspicion is that the SA Crown does not have them all toe the same iine... while being reflexively hiding some of their worst actions

which might or might not be done with or against other, foreign forces

minitrue's picture

Wow, I know ZH hates Obama but allowing comments that call for the assassination of the U.S. president?

VinceFostersGhost's picture



Do you have my $2500 in healthcare savings.....can I have it now?


My Doctor has gone missing.....I thought I could keep him forever.....do you know where he is?

Allen_H's picture

You can call him your president if you want to, but he really isn't, he don't work for you, and he does not give a flying fuck about any of you.

Lorca's Novena's picture

stop peddling fiction, they just want him tried for treason. Which unfortunately usually invovles hanging.

JamaicaJim's picture

Settle in sonny....

18 weeks and a wake up.

ZH doesn't "hate" Obama. I think their skewer goes all ways. They present. WE comment here.

Go to some libby sites. Look at the hate and hanging Bush shit on those blogs.

Fuckbama has been a diasaster of epic proportions, and the hate stems from the worship the prick gets - even now.

The cover. The outright lying. Fuckbama is a fraud. A puppet - yet the slick tongued bullshitter is backed by some evil mother-fuckers in his "administration"....

Installed. Supressed evidence as to his past. Not even 100% black.

In time...after the fucker is out of power - the truth will come out about Barry Soetero.

Cautiously Pessimistic's picture

Would you have been happier if I had made a rap video about assassination?


You know, sort of like this one >>> http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/hip-hop/7334209/yg-nipsey-hussle-fuck-donald-trump-video


pedro314's picture

Now, on your knee like a good n399r0.

Government needs you to pay taxes's picture

The dunecoons love gettin a visit from the White Housenigger.  "Boy, step and fetch me another terrorist"

"Yes, Massa, so long as that terrorist can really fuck up the US of A".

blown income's picture

The porch nigger and the sand niggers...

krispkritter's picture

Another taxpayer-funded circle jerk of jerks, elites, and goat fondlers. Where's a nuclear explosion when you need one?

africoman's picture

Where do i know that ass? em..

Beowulf55's picture

I can't even comment as I really don't know where to start.....


Only one word comes to mind:  Treason

Chupacabra-322's picture

Treason, is putting it mildly. It's complete Hubris, out in the open & in your face Criminality. Pure Evil Psychopaths at work. It's Sickening.

TradingIsLifeBrah's picture
TradingIsLifeBrah (not verified) Apr 20, 2016 7:49 AM

He can stay there

Racer's picture

The three faces of murderers

Chupacabra-322's picture

The World is watching. The Pure Evil Criminal CIA had to send their front man to their Junta de facto Criminal "Governement."

BeaverCream's picture

Friendly reminder for you leftists out there. These cute guys in the fancy outfits murder fags.

E.F. Mutton's picture

Funny isn't it?  And they also make their cattle...errr....Women wear tents in 100 degree heat and treat them like....cattle.

But hey, look over there! Confederate Flag!