Obama's Awkward GCC Summit

Observers predicted little would come out of President Barack Obama’s meetings with Gulf Cooperation Council partners this week, but that doesn’t mean there wasn’t a lot of activity. Obama infuriated leaders earlier this year when he called Saudi Arabia and others in the region “free-riders” in an Atlantic article. That insult lead to an awkward beginning of the meetings.

Our Paul Shinkman explains how the president’s activities in recent months made the meetings this week notable:

Barack Obama, foreign policy, Saudi Arabia, national security

Paul D. Shinkman is a national security reporter for U.S. News & World Report. You can follow him on Twitter or reach him at pshinkman@usnews.com

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