Didn't look that way to me. It looked like the customary arabic hand-holding between men, which is fine with me. It's a matter of custom and nothing else. The kissing is also an arab custom, which is fine with me. In both cases Bush had a right to determine his own approach to protocol, though his public relations seemed pretty lame. Hand in hand is not how you help someone over rough ground; there's not enough support, and you can't get your back into it if there's actually a need, can you?
And what is the nice part of discrimination, anyway? And the Soros doctrine, What might that be? This [i]American Thinker[i] sounds like a real non mainstream media winner alright.
If you're upset about Saudi Arabia, and I do think you have every right in the world to be upset about Saudi Arabia for many reasons, including the form of government you mentioned and the way they treat women, which I suspect might be as upsetting to you as much as it is to me, how about some thoughts about what sort of policy the U.S. should follow in relationship to that country? And toward the middle east in general.
Bush, I believe, muffed his relationship with the Saudis, and Obama may be in danger of doing the same, though not by bowing. You may not have noticed, but after all this time in Iraq, we have managed to keep Iraqi oil off the market. Remember how the early war predictions said that we'd be paid back by the flood of Iraqi oil let loose on the market? No Iraqi oil, and it's probably the second largest reserve of oil in the world. Kept off the market while oil prices here went through the roof, money went into the pockets of oil companies and OPEC, with the Saudis at the head.
I don't recall Bush raising any big fuss, but then we don't know if President Obama will either, and what the policy is going to be like there.
Perhaps you might consider that this bowing brouhaha is a sideshow to distract us from the real issues over there about how we're going to deal with oil and energy policy?
You might have something that will break your financial back to worry about. Mismanagement of the Saudis has already gone a long way in that direction so far, and continued mismanagement of the Saudis will probably not get us out of the energy bind we're in any more quickly. The faster we're off oil, the better.
Hope everything's going splendidly with the grandkids. My wife and I are having a crop of grand-nephews and nieces show up and they are heart-meltingly wonderful.
Sincerely, Bob Kaven