Arabian Slights: Why the Saudis Are Angry About American Policies

U.S. President Barack Obama’s state visit to the kingdom on Friday will be dominated by strong talks about other Mideast countries, primarily Iran and Syria.

“Why are you abandoning your allies?” fumed Faisal Abbas, editor of Al Arabiya News’ English website, in an op-ed published in Arabic. “You” referred to the United States – and, more specifically, President Barack Obama, who arrives in Saudi Arabia on Friday for a state visit. Abbas, who reflects the prevailing opinions of the Saudi royal court, lists a large...