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Obama's Turn to Pay Back the Gulf States

When Saudi Arabia's king visits, he'll expect something in return for backing the Iran deal.

Let's make a deal?

Photographer: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

No matter how the White House describes it, President Barack Obama's meeting with King Salman of Saudi Arabia last week was about payback. The Saudis gave Obama what he wanted: a (tepid) endorsement of his nuclear pact with Iran. Now they and their Persian Gulf neighbors are looking for some concrete assurances that the deal won't imperil their safety.

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