Thursday, September 17, 2015

Strategic complaining

White House statement 2 weeks ago at end of visit of Saudi King Salman --

Finally, the two leaders discussed a new strategic partnership for the 21st century and how to significantly elevate the relationship between the two countries. His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman briefed the President on the Kingdom’s views regarding the strategic partnership. The President and King Salman directed officials in their respective governments to explore appropriate ways to move forward in the coming months.

Saudi Press Agency today --

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud made a telephone call today to U.S. President Barack Obama. During the call, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques expressed, in strong wordings, condemnation and disapproval of the grave Israeli escalation, at Al Aqsa Mosque, in Al-Quds, brutal aggression against worshippers at its plazas and the violation of the sanctity of Islamic sanctuaries. The King called for exigency to exert internationally concerted, serious and expedite efforts and offices to stop it, exigency of the UN Security Council intervention to take all prompt measurements to stop violating the sacredness of Al-Aqsa Mosque, protect the Palestinian people and religious sanctuaries, awarding the Palestinian people its legitimate rights, asserting that such aggression, flagrantly, violates the holiness of religions and gives a hand to fan extremism and violence, in the entire world. 

Presumably the "new strategic partnership" included the possibility that such problems could arise because after all the White House would never make such a prominent announcement about a totally meaningless strategy, right?

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