Skip to comments.Obama trip to Europe, Saudi Arabia to be dominated by Crimea
Posted on 03/22/2014 11:08:57 AM PDT by Jim Robinson
President Barack Obama had planned a week long trip to Europe and Saudi Arabia to highlight global progress in ridding the world of nuclear materials, soak up the positive publicity emanating from Pope Francis and reassure an anxious Gulf ally of the U.S. commitment to the region.
Instead, the trip will be dominated by Russias military seizure of Crimea and Obamas efforts to persuade European allies to step up sanctions on Russia, even as critics at home suggest Obama hasnt been as tough on Russian President Vladimir Putin as he needs to be.
Obama, who arrives in the Netherlands on Monday for a Nuclear Security Summit, has convened a meeting of the top seven industrialized countries to discuss how to punish Russia and support the Ukrainian government. Hell also meet Monday with President Xi Jinping of China, who met with first lady Michelle Obama on her China trip.
Hell hold a press conference at the close of the summit and meet with Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Zayed of the United Arab Emirates, to discuss U.S. efforts in Syria, nuclear negotiations with Iran and the prospect for Middle East peace talks.
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We can pray.
Indeed...and should! :)
Yes, he will be making the rounds discussing nuclear security. His various hosts will be asking - no, telling - him: “We, along with Ukraine, have entrusted our security to you in return for foregoing nuclear weapons. Now that, in Ukraine, you have proven that such treaties are worth nothing, we shall now proceed with obtaining nuclear weapons of our own.” Publicly the proceedings will be displayed with smiles and diplomatic mutual CYA, but his hosts will have told him to go to He11 and don’t really care if he looks forward to the trip or not.
Nobody in the century past nor century to come has done more for the proliferation of nuclear weapons than the Obama has just done by abandoning Ukraine after they gave up the world’s 3rd biggest stockpile of nukes in return for guarantees of security from both USA and Russia.
Will he finally make his required Haj to Mecca?