U.S. denies snub by Persian Gulf leaders skipping Obama’s summit

Daily News Article - May 13, 2015


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1. The first paragraph of a news article should answer the questions who, what, where and when. List the who, what, where and when of this news item. (NOTE: The remainder of a news article provides details on the why and/or how.)

2. a) What is a summit?
b) What is the purpose of President Obama’s defense summit this week taking place at the White House and then at Camp David?

3. a) List the six Gulf States invited to the summit.
b) What concern do the leaders of the Gulf states have with the Obama administration?

4. a) What is a subordinate?
b) Which Gulf state leaders are sending subordinates?

5. How is the White House responding to suggestions that the leaders’ decisions to send subordinates is meant as a snub to President Obama?

6. What assurance/excuse did Saudi foreign minister Adel Jubeir offer for King Salman’s decision not to attend after initially accepting President Obama’s invitation?

7. How does former U.S. intelligence official Bruce Riedel interpret King Salman’s no-show?

8. The Obama administration says there is no problem and portray it as not unusual. Others view the leaders’ decision not to attend the summit as done to send a signal of displeasure/concern to the White House. Consider the purpose of the summit. Ask a parent: what do you think - are four of the six invited leaders trying to snub President Obama by sending subordinates? How should the U.S. react? Does it matter? Explain your answer.