One of the more shocking things Barack Obama is remembered for is bowing to Saudi King Abdullah shortly after being elected. It made international headlines and is referenced even today by Obama’s critics as anecdotal evidence that he is a Muslim. When it comes to Obama, however, if one thing has been learned, it’s that what you see is not what you get.
With that as a premise, why would NBC reporter Richard Engel reveal that King Abdullah ‘could not stand’ Obama? Before addressing that question, have a look at what Engel said in the wake of Abdullah’s death (h/t Truth Revolt):
During the first presidential election campaign of Barack Obama, the mainstream media had no interest in vetting Obama and informing the American people about his background. Quite the opposite happened. The media held him up as a paragon of virtue. As a result, his allegiances and background was shrouded in mystery. Americans who were intellectually curious had to investigate on their own.
What was known was that Obama had been exposed to Islam in his childhood. His stepfather in Indonesia was a Muslim. This reality helped cause more people to take notice when he bowed to King Abdullah. Hot Air’s Ed Morrissey reported that some media outlets avoided it, even alleging that Obama was picking something up off the floor, which was clearly not what happened:
As events have unfolded since then and as pieces have begun falling into place, it’s easier to see just who Obama is aligning with – and it’s NOT Saudi Arabia. That would explain why King Abdullah ‘could not stand’ him.
In recent months and years, an alliance has been forming between Turkey and Iran, as Shoebat.com has reported for years. As a NATO ‘ally’, Turkey and the U.S. are already part of a formal alliance but actions taken by the Obama administration clearly demonstrate a disturbingly cozy relationship between it and Iran. In 2012, Obama blocked legislation that was to hold Iran accountable for the 1983 U.S. Marines barracks bombing in Beirut, as Shoebat.com reported.
Obama’s closest adviser – Valerie Jarrett – was born in Iran and in recent years, the growing comfort level between the administration and Iran has grown increasingly disturbing and more obvious. A natural consequence of this is the further alienation of Saudi Arabia. As Shoebat.com reported more than a year ago, Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal publicly stated that the threat to his country was from Iran, not Israel. He said this while expressing concerns about the Obama administration policy toward Iran.
The Arab Spring has benefited Turkey at the expense of practically every other NATO member country; ISIS has grown in Iraq and Syria, filling the vacuum left by the removal of U.S. troops; the Iranian-backed Houthis conducted a coup in Yemen, to Saudi Arabia’s south.
Egypt, ruled by the Muslim Brotherhood for a short time, is now led by Gen. Abdel Fatah el-Sisi and is partnering with Saudi Arabia in what was billed last year as the Israel-Egypt-Saudi Arabia axis by the Huffington Post. Here is what one writer said about Israel and the Saudis…
…both apprehensive over the Obama Administration’s effort to accommodate Iranian interests, and that the Egyptians and the Israelis — with Saudi blessing and despite a certain American reservations — cooperated in trying to decimate Hamas’ military power in Gaza, may not be signs of a new strategic realignment in the Middle East but more of an emerging partnership that reflects some common interests
In recent days, the Saudi-Egypt axis has been making headlines as political pressure applied to the very Muslim Brotherhood-friendly nation of Qatar led to the deportation of Hamas leaders, who have since been welcomed by Turkey with open arms, as Shoebat.com reported. As for why Qatar, a known ally of Turkey that has supported and harbored Muslim Brotherhood spiritual leader Yusuf al-Qaradawi for years, would aid the Egypt-Saudi Arabia axis, there is perhaps no better explanation than geography.
If Qatar could pick up and move, it probably would but its actions now are rooted in pragmatism. It is a very tiny country on the Arabian peninsula that is also at the center of the Arab Gulf states world. Those Gulf states understand they need to show solidarity in the face of growing and gathering threats. Qatar is not just being dragged in kicking and screaming; it also knows that any attack on the Arabian peninsula is likely to render it collateral damage as well.
There is also less dependence globally on Saudi oil. In fact, by flooding the market with oil in an effort to eliminate competitors with production costs that outweigh profits, some oil producers in places like West Texas and the Dakotas are closing up shop but could quickly jump back in if Saudi oil were suddenly… unavailable.
What’s confusing to so many in the west is that despite funding the Muslim Brotherhood around the globe for decades, the Saudis and the Brotherhood are mortal enemies. The Saudis’ decision to support the Brotherhood elsewhere was really about making them someone else’s problem. When the Brotherhood gets too close, the Saudis are suddenly willing to align with Israel. As Shoebat.com reported, the Saudis are building a wall on their border with Iraq to keep the Brotherhood’s armed, ideologically aligned terrorist wings – like ISIS and al-Qaeda – out.
As further evidence of all this, it wasn’t so long ago that the Saudis supported the effort to remove Syria’s Bashar al-Assad. In fact, at one point, documents appeared to reveal that the Saudis were releasing hardened criminals – in the thousands – from jails to go fight the Assad regime in Syria, as Shoebat.com reported. Chemical weapons (at a minimum, chlorine) in Syria were even reported to have come from the Saudis.
As ISIS has grown in strength there, and as it has become increasingly obvious that the ‘moderate rebels’ are actually Muslim Brotherhood-friendlies, the Saudis have had to all but reverse course. Once Assad is overthrown, Jordan will suddenly be in the cross-hairs of the same forces that will have removed him, which will only add to the length of the wall the Saudis are currently constructing along their border with Iraq, to keep out Turkey’s foot soldiers. That wall would have to include Saudi Arabia’s border with Jordan if that country falls.
To quote Obama’s pastor, Saudi Arabia’s chickens are coming home… to roooooost.
Another mortal enemy of the Saudis is Iran, which has been working toward having nuclear weapons for some time now – and the Obama administration has been doing little to stop it. In fact, evidence suggests that Iran’s efforts to build such weapons are being made easier by the Obama administration.
A major monkey wrench in all of this for the Muslim Brotherhood – even more than the refusal of Syria’s Bashar al-Assad to relinquish power at this point – has been Egypt. No country was more saddened by the overthrow of the Brotherhood’s government there than Turkey. That country’s Prime Minister at the time – now President – Recep Tayyip Erdogan was even reduced to tears as he listened to a poem written by a Muslim Brotherhood leader from Egypt:
To further illustrate why Saudi King Abdullah ‘could not stand’ Obama, the U.S. President sided with Turkey and the Muslim Brotherhood after Mohammed Mursi’s overthrow in Egypt. Obama even sent U.S. Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham to Egypt in the early days after Mursi’s ouster to plead for the release of Brotherhood prisoners:
El-Sisi has exhibited increased leadership in Egypt and that leadership cannot be viewed kindly by the very Muslim Brotherhood. As Shoebat.com reported, on New Year’s Day, el-Sisi went to al-Azhar University in Cairo – the heart of Islamic fundamentalist teaching – and lectured scholars (with whom Erdogan likely agrees) and admonished them, saying that Islam needed to be revolutionized. Just days later, at a Christmas mass, el-Sisi told the Christians in attendance that he loved them, showing an unbelievable display of support.
When it comes to the Middle East right now, we’re seeing an alliance with Turkey (to include Muslim Brotherhood leaders who fled there from Egypt) and Iran, to include the use of al-Qaeda, ISIS, Hezbollah, Hamas, the Houthis, et. al. against Arab Gulf states, led by Saudi Arabia.
In last year’s trial of Hosni Mubarak, an interesting piece of evidence was introduced. It was a video of former CIA Director James Woolsey from 2006. In it, Woolsey laid out a strategy to alienate the Saudis and make them ‘very, very nervous’ after the U.S. puts pressure on countries like Egypt, Libya and Syria. It is not known to what extent the strategy enunciated by Woolsey then has been implemented since but it certainly was prescient:
Of course, what is filling the vacuums across the Middle East is far worse than what was in place before. As Shoebat.com reported, the strategy was fatally flawed.
It should be obvious why King Abdullah ‘could not stand’ Obama.