Obama Offers Gulf States “Ironclad” Security At Camp David Tea Summit

Obama Offers Gulf States “Ironclad” Security At Camp David Tea Summit

Obama Offers Gulf States “Ironclad” Security At Camp David Tea Summit

The U.S. agreement/treaty/whatchamacallit with Iran won’t leave the 6 Gulf States as vulnerable as they fear. At least that’s what the Duffer In Chief told them yesterday at Camp David’s tea summit.

To alleviate their fears, it seems that turning the event into an Arms Fair trumps negotiations and diplomacy.

In its first five years in office, the Obama administration entered into formal agreements to transfer over $64 billion in arms and defense services to Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states, with about three-quarters of that total going to Saudi Arabia. And new offers worth nearly $15 billion have been made to Riyadh in 2014 and 2015. Items on offer to GCC states have included fighter aircraft, attack helicopters, radar planes, refueling aircraft, air-to-air missiles, armored vehicles, artillery, small arms and ammunition, cluster bombs, and missile defense systems.

Will promising and even selling the Gulf States weaponry stop the Gulf States from being understandably nervous about Iran’s intentions? It shouldn’t. The ball is very much in Iran’s court, and no matter all the posturing by Obama every one of those countries knows it. Particularly in light of the fact that, as Obama was chit-chatting over the tea table, the sectarian strife and regional instability continued with ISIS murdering 26 Syrians and the Iranian Revolutionary Guard using a commercial ship near the UAE for target practice. No matter those aggressive moves, the tea party was seemingly a success; even if it looked deadly boring at times.

President Barack Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry, and others, meet with Gulf Cooperation Council leaders and delegations at Camp David, Md., Thursday, May 14, 2015. Obama and leaders from six Gulf nations are trying to work through tensions sparked by the U.S. bid for a nuclear deal with Iran, a pursuit that has put regional partners on edge. Obama is seeking to reassure the Gulf leaders that the U.S. overtures to Iran will not come at the expense of commitments to their security. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
President Barack Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry, and others, meet with Gulf Cooperation Council leaders and delegations at Camp David, Md., Thursday, May 14, 2015. Obama and leaders from six Gulf nations are trying to work through tensions sparked by the U.S. bid for a nuclear deal with Iran, a pursuit that has put regional partners on edge. Obama is seeking to reassure the Gulf leaders that the U.S. overtures to Iran will not come at the expense of commitments to their security. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

The President gave a press conference after the tea and cookies were finished.  Lots of big promises were made it seems.  Our country will use force in defense of our allies in the Gulf.  Great!  How many red lines in the sand will it take until we are allowed to actually show up and help? Oh wait, we have a new word to use.  “Ironclad”  Yep, forget the red lines, Obama has spoken and the Gulf States can rest easy as they have our “ironclad” security backing them up… I wonder if Obama allowed for slices and mulligans?  Good question – yet that wasn’t asked during his press conference:

You know what? If the Gulf States think anything positive was accomplished during these last two days, they’d better think again.  You see, what we have is an Administration that is working overtime to play both ends against the middle. On one hand Iran is being told that the U.S. wants to be friends and we’ll hand them them whatever they ask. On the other hand, the Gulf States are told that Iran is a very BAD deal, and because they are so bad – we’ve got your back and here’s a bunch of weapons that’ll help ease the pain.

I agree with Charles Krauthammer and John Bolton on this. If the Gulf States truly believe Obama’s reassurances that Iran will never spend its $50 billion bonus on funding future terror activities and amping up its nuclear program; then I want whatever was in the tea they were drinking. All the “ironclad” promises won’t change the stripes on the Iranian zebra. That country is tracking fast and hard to become nuclear weapons capable, and Obama’s tea & cookie summits will only speed up that runaway train.

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  • GWB says:

    I wonder if that “ironclad” guarantee is a stronger one than our treaty obligation to the Marshall Islands?

    As to arms transfers, I bet Iran is merely an excuse. He would love to give all sorts of arms to the middle eastern countries that aren’t Jewish.

    • Nina says:

      I’d say “ironclad” is about as thin and flexible as that red line he’s so fond of.

      I have to agree with your assessment – its likely close to spot on. *where’s the dislike button when you need one?

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