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Live Blog: What About Saudi Women’s Rights?

President Obama is certainly right to highlight freedom for women as a key American interest in the Middle East. Throughout the region, women are fighting for rights they never had.  The big exception, of course, is Iran where women are fighting for rights which were taken away from them.  But Obama is going to lose credibility if he talks the feminist talk but refuses to walks the feminist walk.  When it comes to feminism, Saudi Arabia is public enemy number one.  It’s time Obama and Secretary of State Clinton call for real rights for Saudi women, and not compromise these fundamental rights because of the need for Saudi cooperation on other issues.  After all, Saudi Arabia has been as destructive an influence on the Middle East as Iran has been, and it’s about time we recognize that.