By the way, elsewhere in the world — and yes, in case you didn’t notice, there is an elsewhere — King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia set off on his first trip outside the Middle East, perfectly timed to the President’s desire to ditch the whole region. (And given what’s happened to him there, you can’t blame the guy, can you?) The Saudi king, in search of reliable allies, boarded his plane and promptly headed for… China.

This, along with much else to amaze and amuse, in today’s TomDispatch.