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Obama’s Gulf Abandonment Issues

Official portrait of President-elect Barack Obama on Jan. 13, 2009.

(Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama might be in for a frosty reception when he heads to Riyadh on April 21 for a Gulf Cooperation Council summit meeting, after his widely quoted characterization of “a number of Gulf states” as “free-riders.” This isn’t the first time Obama has offered up frank criticism in advance of meeting with the Gulf monarchs. In an interview before ...

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