May 24, 2011
Obama's Unspoken Message to Saudi Arabia
Brookings Institution, Brookings Institution
The two most important words in President Barack Obama’s much vaunted speech on the Arab Awakening were the ones he did not say: Saudi Arabia. In a speech that proclaimed a dramatic reboot of American policy toward the Middle East, the absence of any direct reference to the state that is an irreplaceable U.S. partner on regional security and energy and uniquely relevant as the birthplace of Islam was striking.
TAGGED: Saudi Arabia, Barack Obama