While the Camp David venue has been associated in the Middle East with historic or futile efforts to broker Peace between Arabs and Israel since 1978, the current gathering of Obama and the GCC leaders at the retreat is an attempt to manage disagreements and bolster security cooperation ahead of a potential nuclear deal with Iran.
At Camp David, both Obama and his guests realize that achieving a balance by focusing on the strategic and broader objectives of the relation is in their long-term interest. While their disagreements will continue and could escalate on key Middle East policy issues related to the crisis in Syria, and Iran sanctions relief, no one has interest in losing sight of the bigger alliance with Washington.
More than lip-service
It is highly unlikely that U.S. reservations will derail the events on the ground in Syria, partly because of the waning influence Washington exercises inside Syria, with Russia, and with its GCC allies and TurkeyJoyce Karam