Archive for the ‘Saudi Arabia’ Category

Foreshadowing, anyone? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller?

August 6, 2007

Weapons Given to Iraq Are Missing–
GAO estimates 30% of arms are unaccounted for

Sorry, but I love the Washington Post.

Please see my post, Fear. Violent Fear.

It’s okay.
Just an extra 190,000 AK-47’s lost in the hands of our enemies.
No big deal. Not a problem.
Just another couple thousand American lives.
It’s alright. It’s alright.

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Fear. Violent fear.

July 28, 2007

U.S. Plans New Arms Sales to Gulf Allies
Washington Post

I was brought to the brink of tears after reading this article:

“The Bush administration will announce next week a series of arms deals worth at least $20 billion to Saudi Arabia and five other oil-rich Persian Gulf states as well as new 10-year military aid packages to Israel and Egypt, a move to shore up allies in the Middle East and counter Iran’s rising influence, U.S. officials said yesterday.”

The other countries to which we are selling this sophisticated weaponry (including “smart bombs” and air-to-air missiles) are the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, and Oman.

Oh God no.
You know how sometimes you can just FEEL when something is going to go horribly wrong?
Perhaps not right away. Perhaps not earlier than a decade from now.

Why is this happening??? Has history taught the leaders of this country NOTHING about providing generally violent and powerful states with weapons? This looks all too familiar.
All too familiar indeed.

Yes, let’s strengthen the pro-Western nations against Iran. They will always BE pro-Western. There is no possibility whatsoever that they may turn on us on a dime. No no. These are our allies.

I think we should take advice from one of the greatest leaders of this country, George Washington (you know, he’s the guy featured on the dollar bill): “Trade with many, ally with none.”