Turkey sending $850,000 in aid to Gaza to help with energy needs http://t.co/QffPk5aygk
— joseph dana (@ibnezra) October 24, 2013
FP author tells Saudi Arabia to go pound sand http://t.co/bNG9YsNacXSaudi Arabia wants a very different Middle East than we do. The Saudis oppose democracy. They oppose freedom of the press. They oppose freedom of conscience and practice of faiths other than Islam. They oppose women's equality before the law. They oppose the idea that individuals have rights and loan them in limited ways and for limited purposes to governments. They deny rights to their own Shiite citizens in Saudi Arabia, while advocating and enforcing the same in Bahrain. They denigrate domestic opposition as solely agents of Iran.
— Blake Hounshell (@blakehounshell) October 24, 2013
Not only do the Saudis oppose these fundamental values of American society, but they have funded and armed some of the most virulent jihadists. Rachel Bronson's superb history of U.S.-Saudi relations, Thicker Than Oil, makes clear that the United States was complicit in Saudi Arabia's fostering of the mujahideen in Afghanistan; the Saudis now want U.S. complicity in supporting jihadists in Syria and the return to power of the deep state in Egypt (a model they would perpetuate throughout the region).
US says very concerned about Turkey's Chinese missile deal http://t.co/8XQjIPQsC6Turkey has said it is likely to sign the $3.4 billion missile defence deal with CPMIEC but that its decision is not yet final. Some defence analysts had expected the contract to go to US company Raytheon Co or the Franco-Italian Eurosam SAMP/T.
— Mehmet Solmaz (@MhmtSlmz) October 24, 2013
Diplomats say buying a system that does not work with NATO systems would hamper the ability of NATO allies to work together, undermining a principle of the 28-nation alliance.
[US ambassador] Ricciardone also said it is a “privilege” to work with Turkey's spy chief, who has come under the spotlight in the past week, adding that Hakan Fidan is loyal to his government.
I just love how insightful American readers are.
Thanks to Conservative echo-chambers
they catch every policy nuance.
first Benghazi, and now this. Shameful... pic.twitter.com/mARxYhaJdv
— lawblob (@lawblob) October 24, 2013
Ouch. Headline in Politico: "Heckuva job, Sebelius" http://t.co/9deOxZOv3a
— David Wessel (@davidmwessel) October 24, 2013
RT @BaFana3: LOL! New term coined today by Yemeni press for #Yemen's Minister of Electricity: the Prince of Darkness. pic.twitter.com/AHQxGARaEQ
— Iona Craig إيونـا (@ionacraig) October 24, 2013
So three EU commissioners walk into a bar. The punchline is utterly incomprehensible but available in 24 languages.
— Karl Sharro (@KarlreMarks) October 24, 2013
The U.S.-Saudi crackup reaches a dramatic tipping point --> http://t.co/76XlH6ZjgV ( @Akhbar)Saudi King Abdullah privately voiced his frustration with U.S. policy in a lunch in Riyadh Monday with King Abdullah of Jordan and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed of the U.A.E., according to a knowledgeable Arab official. The Saudi monarch “is convinced the U.S. is unreliable,” this official said. “I don’t see a genuine desire to fix it” on either side, he added.
— Jenan Moussa (@jenanmoussa) October 24, 2013
The Saudis’ pique, in turn, has reinforced the White House’s frustration that Riyadh is an ungrateful and sometimes petulant ally. When Secretary of State John Kerry was in the region a few weeks ago, he asked to visit Bandar. The Saudi prince is said to have responded that he was on his way out of the kingdom, but that Kerry could meet him at the airport. This response struck U.S. officials as high-handed.
Saudi Arabia obviously wants attention, but what’s surprising is the White House’s inability to convey the desired reassurances over the past two years. The problem was clear in the fall of 2011, when I was told by Saudi officials in Riyadh that they increasingly regarded the U.S. as unreliable and would look elsewhere for their security. Obama’s reaction to these reports was to be peeved that the Saudis didn’t recognize all that the U.S. was doing to help their security, behind the scenes. The president was right on the facts but wrong on the atmospherics.