I watched a discussion on France24 television between participants on World Affairs. The conclusion on President Obama: “He is playing a double game. On issues of Wall Street reform and foreign policy.” The latter certainly as it pertains to the Arab Spring, Palestinian issue for an independent state and our strong [military] ally Saudi Arabia representing the world Sunni community. This has been my conclusion for some time now, what do you think?
I can’t find a link for the France24 program, I’ll try to find articles with the same argument.
(Iran PressTV) Jan. 31, 2011 – US President Barack Obama, caught off guard by the people’s movement against the American supported regime, is now resorting to a fresh deceit in an attempt not to let Egypt slip away from Washington’s hold.
He has urged Mubarak to stop the use of violence and reverse its decision to suspend Internet and cell phone access as the country grapples with massive street protests. According to Press TV, Obama said in his first extended public comments on the Egypt protests said “The people of Egypt have rights that are universal … these are human rights, and the United States will stand up for them everywhere.”
Human rights activists and protesters have blasted the United States for being too indifferent in its comments on the situation. Earlier this week, US Vice President Joe Biden said in an interview that Mubarak, who has used power tactics to remain in power for 30 years, is not a dictator.
While Bahrain demolishes mosques, U.S. stays silent …
(NcClatchy) – In Shiite villages across this island kingdom of 1.2 million, the Sunni Muslim government has bulldozed dozens of mosques as part of a crackdown on Shiite dissidents, an assault on human rights that is breathtaking in its expansiveness.
Authorities have held secret trials where protesters have been sentenced to death, arrested prominent mainstream opposition politicians, jailed nurses and doctors who treated injured protesters, seized the health care system that had been run primarily by Shiites, fired 1,000 Shiite professionals and canceled their pensions, detained students and teachers who took part in the protests, beat and arrested journalists, and forced the closure of the only opposition newspaper.
Nothing, however, has struck harder at the fabric of this nation, where Shiites outnumber Sunnis nearly 4 to 1, than the destruction of Shiite worship centers.
The Obama administration has said nothing in public about the destruction.
Bahrain — and its patron, Saudi Arabia — are longtime U.S. allies, and Bahrain hosts the headquarters of the U.S. Navy’s Fifth Fleet.
Last week SUSRIS provided a comprehensive report on the question of Palestinians seeking statehood at the opening of the 66th session of the United Nations General Assembly and its impact on US-Saudi relations. [Special Report: Saudi-US Friction Over Palestine at the UN] It follows detailed coverage of speeches and op-eds, most notably by former Ambassador to the United States Prince Turki Al-Faisal, which warned of consequences for the Washington-Riyadh relationship. As the Palestinian request moves through the United Nations we are pleased to provide for your consideration the statement of Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal at the General Assembly. You can find more on this important diplomatic drama in the SUSRIS Special Section “Palestine, the UN, Saudi Arabia, and the U.S.“
Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal delivered a statement issued on Monday to the 66th session United Nations General Assembly in New York in which he stressed the critical nature of ending the Palestinian-Israeli conflict to Middle East peace. “The Arab-Israeli conflict still predominates and overshadows all issues of the Middle East. No other regional conflict is more influential upon world peace,” he said.
When addressing the necessity of Middle East peace, Prince Saud highlighted the efforts by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz to secure peace in the region and the lack of cooperation from the Israelis. “The Arab states have clearly expressed, through the Arab Peace Initiative launched by Saudi Arabia and adopted by the Beirut Arab Summit in 2004, their commitment to achieving just and comprehensive peace based on the rules of international law. However, we were not met by any reciprocal commitment from Israel.”