In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful
Grande Strategy

US Arms to Saudi Arabia About Iran

By Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) - 11/01/10 01:50 PM ET
This month the US Administration notified Congress that it intends to
complete one of the largest arms sales in US history to one of the
most repressive regimes on earth. Saudi Arabia has been given the
green light by the administration to spend $60 billion on some 84 new
F-15 aircraft, dozens of the latest helicopters, and other missiles,
bombs, and high-tech military products from the US weapons industry.
Saudi Arabia, from where 15 of the 19 September 11 hijackers came, is
a family-run dictatorship, where there are no political parties, no
independent press, and where any form of political dissent is met with
the most severe punishment. We are told that we must occupy
Afghanistan to encourage more rights for women, an issue on which the
Saudi regime makes the Taliban look rather liberal by comparison. We
are told that our increasingly aggressive policies toward Iran are
justified by that country's rigid Islamic laws and human-rights
violations, while the even more repressive Islamic rule in Saudi
Arabia is never mentioned.

So why would the US government, which spends hundreds of billions of
dollars yearly and maintains hundreds of bases overseas to push global
democracy, approve a deal like this with such a regime? As Stockholm
Institute scholar Pieter Wezeman told the Washington Post, "Of course
it's against Iran. Of course it's against Yemen. You can read between
the lines ... but there are not any official statements about it."
Although the deal must be approved by Congress, there is little chance
of any significant Congressional opposition for the above reason.
Imagine if China had armed an aggressive, anti-American Mexico to the
teeth. How would we feel? Threatened? That is likely how Iran feels
with this massive arms sale to Saudi Arabia. To underscore this
message, the US quietly announced early this month that it was selling
20 F-35 Stealth fighters to Israel. As Israeli military purchases are
paid for with US foreign aid, we must realize that the weapons pointed
at Iran in the Middle East are American made and largely paid for with
American tax dollars. Certainly Iran understands this. Will such a
provocative move, arming two anti-Iranian powers in the region to the
teeth, lead to a trigger event to bring about a full invasion of Iran?
The economic tsunami that would result from such a horrific turn of
events would only be eclipsed by the death and destruction in the
region -- and likely beyond.
 Some will argue that these arms deals are international trade which
we should encourage and applaud. Sadly, the United States does not
build much that we can export these days. But the fact is that the US
weapons industry is underwritten by the American taxpayer. From
research and development to acquisition by the US military, the costs
of the US arms industry are borne by American citizens. But, as
so-called "private" companies, the enormous profits they make selling
weapons to countries like Saudi Arabia are of course privatized. So
the costs are socialized and the profits are privatized. There is a
word for this arrangement and it is not "capitalism."

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