President Obama will be meeting this week at the White House and Camp David with leaders of the six member nations of the Gulf Cooperation Council: Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. Al Jazeera America reports that the GCC members “are expected to ask the United States for advanced weapons, aircraft and missile defense systems” to counter the growing influence of Iran.
Al Jazeera America also reports that Saudi Arabia’s King Salman will not attend the meeting so that he can deal with the ongoing crisis in “anti-terror success story” Yemen, where conditions are currently too dangerous for the Obama administration to organize a rescue mission for some 3,000–4,000 trapped American citizens.
That’s OK, though: Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister assures the GCC that his country “is not looking for written assurances from U.S.,” as “the word of the US president is unquestionable.” That’s news to us.
Whatever you call it, don’t call it a snub.