In "Unprecedented Snub", Saudi Arabia Demands "Recalibration Of Relationship" With U.S.

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As Obama concludes his fourth and supposedly final meeting to Saudi Arabia as U.S. president, the White House was quick to explain where relations with the Saudi Kingdom lay, and as CNN reported this morning, moved to tamp down suggestions that ties with Saudi Arabia are fraying, with administration officials saying that President Barack Obama "really cleared the air" with King Salman at a meeting Wednesday.

Which is strange because that is not how the other side saw it: even as White House officials stressed that the leaders made progress, a prominent member of the Saudi royal family told CNN "a recalibration" of the U.S.-Saudi relationship was needed amid regional upheaval, dropping oil prices and ongoing strains between the two longtime allies.

There is going to have to be "a recalibration of our relationship with America," former Saudi Intelligence Chief Prince Turki Al-Faisal told CNN's Christiane Amanpour. "How far we can go with our dependence on America, how much can we rely on steadfastness from American leadership, what is it that makes for our joint benefits to come together," Turki said in a significant departure from usual Saudi rhetoric. "These are things that we have to recalibrate."

The prince made his "unprecedented" in the words of CNN, comments as Obama landed in Riyadh "to a reception that social media critics termed a snub, but U.S. officials strongly disputed." The Saudi government dispatched the governor of Riyadh and Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubair to shake Obama's hand, a departure from the scene at the airport earlier in the day when King Salman was shown on state television greeting the leaders of other Gulf nations on the tarmac.

A U.S. official said Salman's absence upon arrival was not taken as a snub and noted that Obama rarely greets foreign leaders when they land in the U.S. for meetings. Obama went immediately to the Erga Palace to meet the King shortly after landing, but the perceived slight on his arrival was seen as one more sign that a relationship long lubricated by barrels of oil is encountering friction.

Fawaz Gerges, an expert on Islamic-Western relations at the London School of Economics, called their current dynamic "an estrangement" but not a break that would end U.S. involvement in the Middle East.

CNN adds that statements after the meeting made clear that deep differences remain on several of these points, with the two sides agreeing to disagree and a U.S. official characterizing the encounter as the start of a discussion rather than a venue for solutions. However, as we expected, none of the core issues that have emerged in the past few days, were even brought up: the two leaders glossed over some of the thorniest matters, including a Saudi threat to dump U.S. assets if Obama signs into law a bill that could make the kingdom liable for damages stemming from the September 11 terror attacks.

So what was addressed? According to Reuters, Obama allayed Gulf countries' fears over Iranian influence and encouraged them to douse sectarian tensions in an effort to confront the threat posed by jihadist militants like Islamic State. The same Islamic State which the same administration admitted had been initially funded by Saudi Arabia.

Meanwhile, tensions remain high: Most of the GCC states, which also include Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman, have been bitterly disappointed in Obama's presidency, during which they believe the United States has pulled back from the region, giving more space to Iran.


They were also upset by Obama's remarks in a magazine interview that appeared to cast them as "free-riders" in U.S. security efforts and urged them to "share" the region with Tehran.

There was the usual made for TV drama, with CNN adding that "for all the crosscurrents buffetting U.S.-Saudi relations, analysts and former officials say the two countries aren't at the end of a love affair so much as in an unhappy marriage in which both sides, for better or worse, are stuck with each other."

"Despite all these differences, Saudi Arabia and America are not getting divorced," said Bruce Riedel, director of the Intelligence Project at the Brookings Institution and a former CIA official. "We need each other."

Which is also why none of the much demanded revelations by the US public about Saudi involvement in the Sept 11 bombing will ever be revealed.

U.S. President Barack Obama meets with Saudi King Salman at Erga Palace
upon his arrival for a summit meeting in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia April 20, 2016

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Cloud9.5's picture

Shias and Sunnis have generally had a hard time reaching any kind of agreement.  

philipat's picture

So the bluff is on. If you want to play hard ball, we can expose Saudi involevement in 9/11 and allow the law to go through to sue you? Not 9/11 truth but a Saudi bluff. Problem is, Saudi may call it??

Bit I'm suer that ESF still has enough Trillions in reserve to buy all those Saudi Traesuries.

After that?

nuubee's picture

The house of Saud is a cancer upon humanity. Frankly, if America fell on it's sword and simply exposed them, they would be doing the world a favor, despite the cost to the world economy.

philipat's picture

So you finally can see that?


samjam7's picture

Problem is, US gov. was complicit, if they exposed the Sauds they would also be exposing themselves regarding 9/11. Difficult to handle that one. No, the Sauds are pissed at the US for failing them in so many ways recently, first of all they did as Kerry asked them to, flooding markets with oil and trying to keep Yemen contained, thus causing a huge strain on their budget.

And how does Obama thank them for it? Nuclear deal with Iran and Assad is still in power and Ryiad is nowhere closer at unseating him. This hurts and the house of Saud is growing restless and angry. They seem to have singled out the current administration as the cause for their misery.

Still, the symbiotic relationship only works for both if both play along. Both sides still stand to lose much more from an open rift between them. A bump in the marriage that is the US-Saudi relationship but only that...

MillionDollarBonus_'s picture

This constant probing of the 9/11 documents has been seriously damaging to our relationships with key allies such as Saudi Arabia. Proponents of these conspiracy theories should think about the consequences of their delving into our foreign affairs and consider the damage that they are doing to relationships that took decades to build. It's really disgusting to see our relationship with Saudi Arabia disintegrate because of these embarrassing attempts to insinuate their involvement in 9/11.

Perimetr's picture

Bend over,
so I can recalibrate you

Slomotrainwreck's picture

Recalibrate? Sorry, the US can't recalibrate your position at the moment. We are busy recalibrating the precious metals market.

Manthong's picture



These guys think that they still are in the driver’s seat..

They are not.

They can take their paltry $800 billion in reserves and shove it..

They can take their oil and shove it

They can take their arms purchases and shove it.

The world can easily do without Saudi Arabia.

They can take their head chopping scimitars and…

 Well, hopefully the populace will take the scimitars to 9,000 Princes and a King.

Of course, Dumbo Ears and State do not want to acknowledge the facts.

zeronetwork's picture

Oh well, Saudi realized that it is too expensive to be an american friend and covering for money changers crimes.

bob_bichen's picture
bob_bichen (not verified) zeronetwork Apr 21, 2016 9:39 AM

So this is just a rerun of Hillary The Diplomat's sorry attempt to "RESET" the U.S-Russia "relationship" with a Big Red Button (a la Staples "easy") that supposedly said "RESET."

  Nice try, Cankles but Foreign Minister Lavrov had a Russian lesson:  “It should be “perezagruzka” [the Russian word for reset]," said Lavrov."This says ‘peregruzka,’ which means ‘overcharged.’”

????? ????? <<< In Arabic, perhaps 'iieadat taqwim
Pairadimes's picture

Out of an abject failure to realize that oil is a fungible commodity, the U.S. has sold its soul and its principles to the House of Saud. What could possibly go wrong?

clooney_art's picture

We recalibrate our bombs. Saudi Arabia is a country of 30 million most of whom are jobless religious freaks. To get any work done, they import people from other countries. These fat asses sitting in their thrones need a good lesson in humility.

BKbroiler's picture

Sunnis and Shias will never get along until they both drop the muslim ban on alcohol.  Alcohol has worked for millenia to keep people from killing each other, and I blame the lack of it on the continuing sectarian strife.  Have a drink.

The Saint's picture
The Saint (not verified) BKbroiler Apr 21, 2016 11:06 AM

Obama crosses his legs like a girl.  Acts like one, too.

SWRichmond's picture

Release the 28 pages and freeze the assets simultaneously.

Fuck you twice.

Heavy's picture

Obama, working hard to keep Bush out of prison/the traitor's noose.

CheapBastard's picture

" If you want to keep your Beheadings and Stonings, you can keep your Beheadings and Stonings."


~ Barry Soweto O'Bama

beemasters's picture

Aug 2015:

"The former US ambassador to Saudi Arabia said in an interview this week that following 9/11, Saudi King Salman had insisted to him that the Mossad was responsible for the attacks.
“One of my first calls was with then-governor of Riyadh… Prince Salman, who is now the king. His response was very emphatic [that] this could not have been Saudis, we couldn’t possibly have done this,” former envoy Robert Jordan said on CNN’s Fareed Zakaria GPS."

I think Mossad wouldn't have it. Now SA is in trouble...

Paveway IV's picture

Sorry Abdullah, but I'm an old-school American.

When I hear the word recalibrate in foreign relations... well, I cannot help to think of just one thing:

Seven cells of three B-52s unracking 750 pounders on whatever needs 'recalibration' below. It may not always work, but it certainly will get your fucking undivided attention for a few minutes.

jus_lite_reading's picture

See, TRUMP knows how to play hard ball with these motherfucking goat fuckers. WHO the fuck do they think they are with their blackmail?

Their $800 billion is SHIT because they would be screwing themselves over if they sold it.

We don't need their fucking oil! If they stopped selling to us, we'd open this motherfucker up and start selling to the whole world.

They don't manufacture SHIT. They don't produce SHIT. They ARE SHIT. Nothing but sand apes with a self-appointed "royal" title. Before the US came and showed them how to extract oil out of the ground these low IQ savages were probably drinking the stuff. So if we stopped selling them arms, game over. I'd love to see Iran and Iraq destroy them.


TBT or not TBT's picture

The regime strangling Iran is just as evil.

Deathrips's picture

See trump wont do shit because if he does the crypto jew house of saud will say who in israel funded trumps empire.

Controlled opposition works well for gate keepers.



U4 eee aaa's picture

And if the US does not want to do it I'm sure the Russians will do it and the US won't even owe them a favor

Antifaschistische's picture

Let's see.....first the Washington Elites say that we can be "independent" when it comes to oil.   Were the Saudi's suppose to interpret this as anything other than "we don't need your stinkin oil!!".   

Now...let's add to that the increasing percentage of oil that gets to shipped to Asia...was this really suppose to be bullish for the Petro Dollar?   If you want the Saudi's in your back ALL their oil....but we don't.

So every incentive that the Saudi's used to have....WE have been killing....and we haven't even started to discuss "terrorism support".  Because...the Chinese and Russian don't care so much about that.  

Saudi Arabia will always be a puppet...we can leave the region.  A new puppet master will move in who is much less sympathetic.


bob_bichen's picture
bob_bichen (not verified) Antifaschistische Apr 21, 2016 9:43 AM

I see Obama, (with his advisors, of course) trying to untangle a web of puppet strings, flowing robes, head scarves, gold rings, and rolex watches. 

An even funnier thought is Hillary attempting to do the same thing in untangling the puppet strings on King Salmon (The King Fish).  (oops....argh argh...I think I am going to puke my breakfast). 

KnuckleDragger-X's picture

A large mushroom cloud over Mecca would be a good start to recalibrating our relationship.......

TeamDepends's picture

US: First of all, take the damned towels off your head! It's 2016 fer Chrissakes, do you see us parading around in powdered wigs and codpieces?

Twox2's picture

What, you don't wear a codpiece?


CrimsonAvenger's picture

No kidding! What does he keep his cod in?

What a codhead.

indygo55's picture

Did he visit Chop-Chop Square? Ya know, for a little local culture.


BigDawgz's picture

Pretty damned sure there's 3,000+ people who would like to be given the choice of "delving into our foreign affairs" or not but, oh, that's right, they were fucking KILLED on 9/11 & don't HAVE that choice.

Maybe we should ask one of those people that was forced to decide between staying in a burning building to die or JUMPING to their deaths whether they'd like to know who, in which governments...including their own...fucked them up the ass!

Turbo1969's picture

I sure do love you sarcasm!!!!  You are great!

monk27's picture

Big mistery solved: MDB is nothing more than a spammer...

X_Weatherman's picture

There is the one sided solution.  Declare war on SA for 9/11 and ignore their replies as lies and propaganda.  U.S. "news" media is willing and able.

nuubee's picture

If the U.S. attacked S.A., they might as well expect to fight every muslim in the world. Not that there's anything wrong with that idea, Islam has proven itself quite the bloodthirsty political movement.

X_Weatherman's picture

Many, many, many Sunni Jihadists are being used up in Syria/Iraq/soon Libya.  SA would be a walk in the park similar to Bush's "SHock & Awe" in Iraq.

Boubou's picture

It would be sooo easy to make a case for sanctions or bombings on KSA.

Much much easier that the countries we have already decimated.

The mass meda and their maqsses would lap it up.

mumcard's picture

Might as well.  It's going to happen here or happen there.  Then we can go after those responsible for enraging them and bringing them over here.

BigJim's picture

 ... first of all they did as Kerry asked them to, flooding markets with oil ...

Except they didn't. The US flooded the world with oil via fracking, funded with ZIRP. Look at the production figures for the last seven years.

Baa baa's picture

Kerry needs his tongue removed and his wife...Wow...

Gonzogal's picture

There  is very interesting info on how it is actually Saudi Arabia that runs US policy in the ME...which would also explain why SA is "resteless and angry" at Obomer's straying from being obedient to their desires re Iran and Syria.



Katos's picture

The good king can afford to be patient. He only has a few more months to put up with Obumer, then he'll have Hillary to deal with. He knows he owns her!

philipat's picture

Not, of course, that Saudi had any role in 9/11 other than its usual support for radical Wahabi causes globally? This is, of course, just another layer of the onion of obfuscation about 9/11 constructed by the Neocons and Israelis. Who are still dancing?

The best Sun's picture

And the core of that rotting onion?

I'll give you a hint.

It rhymes with Jesuits.

philipat's picture

The Saudis remain US puppets. They don't have the capability, either politically or militarily, to bring down 3 enormous Buildings with Military grade Nanothermite and possibly other devices which leave traces of Tritium.

Mr Poopra's picture

Proving that this was multi state effort by the supranational cabals.  Conspiracy theorists look less and less crazy everyday.

t0mmyBerg's picture

Absolutely.  Just tell the Saudis to FUCK OFF already and let the chips fall where they may.  God what a bunch of warped and contemptible fuckers they are

The best Sun's picture

Pretty uppity talk for a man in a dress

who has oil wells full of seawater

and who has an army of weak shits

that can't successfully steal Yemeni oil.

Recalibrate that.