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Obamaís foreign policy: Arab Spring but donít mention Saudi Arabia : Comments

By Jo Coghlan, published 24/5/2011

The Arab Spring drives a wedge between America and Saudi Arabia

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President Obama gave a relatively good speech from an Arab point of view though the restrictions he placed on the formation of a new Palestinian State were not welcomed.

The hypocrisy openly demonstrated by the USA, France and the UK's policy towards Colonel Gaddafi and that of the same group towards Bahrain is breathtaking.

It is US policy with Saudi Arabia and the oil they produce that is keeping them deafeningly silent. I don't think that a democratic Bahrain would have any problem with continuing to play host to the US 5th fleet it is a fundamental difference in attitude.

Saudi Arabia have lost their ally, Egypt, to a popular uprising and feels more vulnerable then ever. Bahrain in 80% Shiite Muslim though King Khalifa is a Sunni Muslim and it appears that he wants to give the remaining dictators a lesson on how they should treat their unarmed, peaceful demonstrators. America morally and ethically challenged by not only allowing King Khalifa to let loose his army to kill the demonstrates but when King Khalifa was dissatisfied with their progress invited Saudi Arabia's intervention with 1,400 troops to intervene.
Posted by Ulis, Tuesday, 24 May 2011 1:23:54 PM
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It seems to me that the military takeover in Egypt, Tunisia and Bahrain have not changed very much, if anything. Egypt's and Tunisia's corrupt, incompetent dictators have suffered a military coup, both of whom's first loyalty is the US. Bahrain's auto coup has reinforced Saudis' control. The Egyptian and Tunisia military will certainly work out a modus vivendi with the Saudis as Bahrain has because all are US clients.
Posted by 124c4u, Monday, 30 May 2011 10:16:48 AM
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