RightSide NewsCliff Kincaid
President Obama on Thursday hosted Emir Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani of Qatar , otherwise known as the Boss of Al-Jazeera, for a meeting in the Oval Office. Obama called him â€œYour Highnessâ€ and â€œHis Highness,â€ even though the Emir dropped his robes of royalty for a business suit. Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani financially sponsors Al-Jazeera and its most famous personality, anti-American and anti-Semitic cleric Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, who has just returned to Egypt from Qatar to supervise the transformation of that one-time U.S. ally into an Islamic state.
In addition to our efforts in Libya ,â€ Obama said, â€œwe have a strong relationship between our two countries. It is an economic relationship. It is a military relationship. It is a cultural relationship. And obviously, Qatar has done very well under His Highnessâ€™s leadership, but his influence extends beyond his borders. And so weâ€™ve had discussions about how we can continue to promote democracy, human rights, increased freedom and reform throughout the Middle East .â€