President Obama Arrives in the Middle East

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As President Obama arrived in Saudi Arabia today, Al-Jazeera aired what purports to be a threatening new audiotape from Osama bin Laden. But King Abdullah met Air Force One in searing heat at the airport and the two exchanged kisses on both cheeks. The President is on his way to Cairo for tomorrow's speech to the Muslim world. He met with King Abdulla to "seek his majesty's counsel." Saudi Arabia is a major player in both the religion and politics of a troubled region, and it's key to stabilizing the price of oil. We hear about common interests and differences on Iraq, the Taliban, Iran's nuclear program and peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians.

Credits

Guests:
Scott Wilson - Washington Post - @PostScottWilson, Khaled Al-Maeena - Editor-in-Chief, Arab News, Walid Phares - Director of the Future of Terrorism Project, Foundation for the Defense of Democracies' , Steve Clemons - New America Foundation / The Atlantic - @SCClemons, Rochdi Younsi - Director for the Middle East and Africa Practice, Eurasia Group

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Andrea Brody, Sonya Geis, Christian Bordal