Obama’s Bow: Recognizing the Sovereignty of a Tyrant

I remain deeply disturbed by Obama’s bowing to the Saudi King. First, there’s the issue of the fact that bowing to a monarch signifies one’s recognition of the monarch’s power. In America, we’re not supposed to recognize the power of autocrats, over us or anyone else. Second, Saudi Arabia is not our friend, and the Saudi King is a despot who refuses to recognize basic individual rights–like the ones upon which America was founded.

However, it would be patently unfair to lay this completely on Obama. Bush was just as bad in this respect, at least towards the Saudis.

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