Skip to comments.Obama Meets With Saudi King, Weighs New Syria Aid
Posted on 03/28/2014 2:29:01 PM PDT by Jim Robinson
President Barack Obama is considering allowing shipments of new air defense systems to the Syrian opposition, a U.S. official said Friday, as Obama sought to reassure Saudi Arabia's king that the U.S. is not taking too soft a stance in Syria and other Mideast conflicts.
A key U.S. ally, Saudi Arabia would be likely to cheer a decision by Obama to allow the portable missile launchers into Syria. Saudi officials were dismayed when Obama scrapped plans last year to launch a strike against Syrian President Bashar Assad, and they have been pressing the White House on the issue. The Saudis could play a direct role in sending the systems, known as "manpads," to the rebels fighting Assad's forces.
Manpads are compact missile launchers with the range and explosive power to attack low-flying planes and helicopters. U.S. officials have estimated the Syrian government has thousands.
Word of Obama's potential shift came as Obama was paying a visit to Saudi King Abdullah's desert oasis at the conclusion of a weeklong, four-country trip. The aging monarch has been nervously watching Washington's negotiations with Iran and other U.S. policy developments in the Middle East.
Obama's Marine One helicopter kicked up clouds of sand in his arrival at the king's desert camp outside the capital of Riyadh for a meeting with Abdullah. The president walked through a row of military guards to an ornate room featuring a massive crystal chandelier and took a seat next to the 89-year-old king, who was breathing with the help of an oxygen tank.
Secretary of State John Kerry sat at [the master's feet, er] the president's side for the visit..
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Giving the Syrian “opposition” the means to shoot down airplanes is insane. I’m shocked that none of the thousands of missiles that have hit the market from the Libyan debacle have found their way into the skies of Europe. But they’re good for years so that will eventually happen.
Let SA fight their own Whabbist Wars.
Did he bow to him again and maybe kiss his feet this time?
Syrian opposition = Christian slaughtering Al Qaeda foreign mercenaries
Since Turkey's false flag attack plan has been thwarted and ending any chance for direct US/NATO military action I guess Uncle Scam will have to come up with some other way to support its favorite Christian-killers.
Considering the differing accounts of the recent meeting between this president and the Pope...
I would not believe a damn thing the media, or the president says about this meeting either...
How Low Can You Go, Pres. Obama? Photographers were probably forbidden from taking any pictures when Obama was expected to kneel before his Master.
I think the only question is, how deeply did he bow, and did he slobber?
I just now commented in the Putin call thread that I had the feeling Obama was about to do something stupid in Syria to counter Putin. This just reinforces that.
This backs it all up...
Tell the Saudis to get their a** over there.
Nah, makes too much sense.
Obama’s talking points centered around how to curtsey properly.
Did President bow to his Saudi masters LOL!
The Saudi king look at mac daddy, did a belly laugh and said:;”Do you really believe that I believe even one word of what you said, you have no credibility anywhere in this world, your words are meaningless and you insult my intelligence thinking that I would believe you about anything”.
You are dismissed, now get back in the barrel before the crowd riots.
We’ve got no business in Syria.
The Assad regime is in bed with Hezbollah and Iran, and the opposition are the nastiest brand of head-chopping everybody-raping cannibal pedophile muslims on earth.
Syrian Opposition = Wahhabist Thugs inflicting Dhimmitude on the ancient Syriac Christians who haven't been killed yet
Time to WAG THE DOG again, due to the new polling numbers on Obamacare...but he better be careful - he just might GET BIT this time.
Let the sandders support their own for a while.
Barry just likes saying “manpads.”
What is the name of this weird Tour Obama is on ?