Jordan’s King Abdullah on how no one trusts Obama’s government

Barry Rubin
Opinion
The Daily Caller
10/26/2011

Earlier this week, The Washington Post’s Lally Weymouth interviewed King Abdullah of Jordan. Here’s how King Abdullah responded to Weymouth’s question, “Do you and other leaders in this area believe you cannot rely on the U.S.?”

“I think everybody is wary of dealing with the West. … Looking at how quickly people turned their backs on [Egyptian President Husni] Mubarak, I would say that most people are going to try and go their own way. I think there is going to be less coordination with the West and therefore a chance of more misunderstandings.”

This is devastating. I’m not shocked he thinks that way, but I am shocked that he says so openly. That’s how far things have gone. Jordan is now turning to Saudi Arabia for protection.

For more than 40 years, Jordan has been the most consistent ally of the United States in the Arab world. Yet the king can no longer trust the White House. The Obama administration dumped Mubarak, and it might dump him too.

Because no one in the Middle East trusts the U.S., no one will stick his neck out on behalf of U.S. interests or requests. Moreover, they are going their own way…

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