[Guest post by DRJ]
King Abdullah welcomed Barack Obama today as he begins his Middle East tour in Saudi Arabia:
“After landing in Saudi Arabia beside a red carpet in 106-degree heat, the president and his top aides shook hands with King Abdullah. Then the presidential party rode dual escalators up to a marbled Royal Reception Room for the opening talks of the trip.
“I thought it was very important to come to the place where Islam began and to seek His Majesty’s counsel and to discuss with him many of the issues that we confront here in the Middle East,” Obama said after arriving at the king’s royal farm.”
Aides say Obama wants to “build a bridge to the Arab and Muslim worlds” but his reluctance to visit Israel suggests he may build those Muslim bridges at Israel’s expense.
Either way, Osama bin Laden is not impressed.
UPDATE: I didn’t see Karl’s post on a related topic before I posted this. My apologies to Karl, and feel free to discuss this topic in the comments at Karl’s post.