Dick Morris and Eileen Gann describe the real Saudi bow now in motion as Al-POTUS touches down in "The Kingdom" on Magic Carpet One -- (hey, I'm just getting into the Islamo-spirit of Barack Hussein Obama's extremely delusional and/or extremely hopeful? statement of yesterday calling these United States "one of the largest Muslim countries in the world"). There, he is utterly dissing our kindred ally Israel with the Big By-Pass, determining that Israeli babies are the gravest threat to Middle East peace, reaching out to Iran, and now this:
But as he goes to Saudi Arabia, the United States State Department, headed by Mrs. Hillary Clinton, has announced that it has accepted the ground rules for media coverage of the Obama visit to the royal family and its domain. Reporters will only be allowed to cover the actual meetings between the Saudis and Obama and will not be permitted to visit the rest of the country or report on anything else they see during the trip. Those reporters who violate these terms are subject to arrest and imprisonment by the Saudi government!!
Hillary and Obama accepted these terms.
"Bow down, infidel White House press corps! Lower! Lower! Back, back, back into the hotel!... " I can hear the Saudi enforcer now--Robert Al-Gibbs, perhaps? Searching around online for the actual State Department communique, I found a report about it at Time's website. Here are the instructions Michael Scherer received in an email from Hillary's State Department:
The Saudi government is permitting journalists accompanying President Obama entry into the country without a visa or the usual customs procedures. While in Saudi Arabia, therefore, journalists are expressly prohibited from leaving the hotel or engaging in any journalistic activities outside of coverage of the POTUS visit. Those who do so risk arrest and detention by Saudi authorities.
Are we dhimmis or are we dhimmis? This is not just an outrage it is a historic disgrace.
Scherer updated his initial post with this:
Qorvis Communications, which represents the Saudi Government in the United States, emailed reporters Monday night with an statement saying the announcement of restrictions, which was sent from the State Department, is incorrect. The Qorvis email says that the Saudi Ambassador has said journalists can get visas and will be free to go wherever they would like. I am not yet sure the source of the confusion. Will update when I know.
Relief? Hardly. Cuz now it looks as if some Saudi flack agency in the US has charge of the US State Department, not to mention the First Amendment! Whatever the ground rules for traveling US media turn out to be, the fact remains, as Morris and Gann noted, that the US government accepted not only Saudi rules, but Saudi "justice." While I'm sure the Bush family would be comfy with this, the dhimmified spectacle couldn't be more revolting.