Obama should do some tough talking to Riyadh just to make the point.
In recent years there have been many issues driving a wedge between Riyadh and Washington.
Last summer, I traveled to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to donate a kidney to my ailing father, who lives and works there.
Once again there was talk that Riyadh might use “the oil weapon.”
The Obama team has been working closely with Riyadh to try to put the Yemeni Humpty-Dumpty back together.
Its forces are the only military allowed near the capital, Riyadh, and the two holy cities of Mecca and Medina.
The movement of foreign diplomats to Riyadh was a tricky issue.
Riyadh provided $100 million in direct budget assistance in August, which was 100 times more than the next-highest donor.
A June 12, 2006 cable from the U.S. embassy in Riyadh disclosed by WikiLeaks highlights this kind of bigotry.
Girls of Riyadh, for instance, was a bestselling chick-lit in the Middle East about four girls in Saudi Arabia searching for love.
Monarchy occupying most of the Arabian Peninsula, where it is bordered by Jordan, Iraq, and Kuwait to the north; the Persian Gulf, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates to the east; Oman to the east and south; Yemen to the south; and the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aqaba to the west. Its capital and largest city is Riyadh.
Note: Saudi Arabia sits on at least one-fourth of the world's known oil reserves, a geological gift that makes this otherwise resource-poor, desert nation very rich and important to the industrial nations of the world.
Note: Overwhelmingly Muslim, the country is ruled by a royal family according to conservative Muslim law.
Note: Saudi Arabia is the location of Mecca and Medina, the two most holy places in the world for Muslims, pilgrimage sites equivalent to the Catholic Rome and the Christian and Jewish Jerusalem.
Note: Saudi Arabia became the major staging ground for United Nations forces seeking to expel Iraq from Kuwait in 1990–1991. (See Persian Gulf War.)