It’s hard to disagree with conservative commentator Michelle Malkin:
I have expressed my disgust many times over the years with the Bush administration’s kowtowing to Saudi Arabia. That notorious image of Bush holding hands with Saudi royalty in 2005 and doing sword dances with Wahabbists in 2008 sparked outrage on both the left and the right. The hand-holding has gotten us nowhere — and in fact, has made us less secure.
So I hope all the lefties who tore into Bush over his Saudi prostration will express equal disgust with President HopeAndChange’s literal bowing and scraping to King Abdullah.
Washington’s relationship with the Saudi monarchy is dirty and brutal and something I examine in detail in my book, The Blogging Revolution.
Robert Fisk was spot-on in 2007:
The sad, awful truth is that we fete these people, we fawn on them, we supply them with fighter jets, whisky and whores.