Saudi Arabia was elected to a seat in the UN Security Council but quickly rejected that position and slammed the council for its "double standards" in diplomacy. The event particularly highlights Saudi frustration with the US and with the international community for failing to intervene in Syria, where Saudi has backed the rebels against Assad. Saudi suspicion of the warming relationship between the US and Iran only complicates matters.
The Obama administration has decided to hold part of the $1.23 billion the United States gives to the Egyptian military each year. It could halt aid on a more permanent basis after a review process is concluded.
Let’s pick up where last week's column left off with that Saudi national in Boston – Abdul Rahman Ali Alharbi, the 20-year-old “student” who was acting suspiciously enough after the Boston bombing to be “detained” under guard at the hospital and named a person of interest in the April 15 attack.
Don’t expect the government to keep you safe kiddies. I have no doubt that the people who work for the FBI and the Boston police very much want to keep us safe. I doubt very much that the political masters in charge have even half a mind to do it, however, if Newtown, CT or Aurora, CO are guides.
The Saudi national who was initially detained and then ruled out as a suspect in the Boston Marathon terrorist attack had been flagged on a terror watch list and was granted a student visa without being properly vetted, sources have told me.
Deputy Spokesman Patrick Ventrell told the State Department press pool not to "read too much into" the fact that the press was cut out of a meeting on Monday night with Secretary Kerry and the Foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia.
It's business as usual in the post-9/11 world. Your federal government is back to pandering to wealthy travelers from Saudi Arabia. In the eyes of our massive homeland security apparatus, the comfort of Saudis is a higher priority than the safety of American citizens.
The opening scene-setter for the 1996 film "Independence Day" might serve as a metaphor for what Egyptians could face if a draft constitution written by a panel dominated by Islamists and based on Sharia law wins approval in a referendum: "A loud rumble is heard. Suddenly, we are covered in darkness as the shadow engulfs us. Only the image of our Earth hangs in the air, until a huge silhouetted object suddenly blocks our view."