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Discussion in 'Politics, Religion, Social Issues' started by zimv20, Jul 28, 2007.
This is news? We sell these guys weapons all the time.
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King Khalid Military City.
Madynat al-Malik Khalid al-'Askariyah) is a special city in northeastern Saudi Arabia, designed and built by the Middle East Division, a unit of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in the 1970's and 1980's. The consultants were Brown, Daltas, and Associates in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The city was built to provide lodging for several brigades of American and Saudi troops, with a design population of 65,000 people. The city is named after the former Saudi King Khalid bin Abdul Aziz.
The U.S. has been selling the Sauds arms for while apparently. I doubt its a relationship Washington can just switch off.
This makes sense. Let's sell arms to the country whose own nationals attacked us. Great idea. Yeah- we've been selling them arms for a while. Don't ya think maybe now is a good time to stop? Just a suggestion.
Those nationals would have been just as happy doing the same to the leadership of Saudi Arabia. Those weapons make sure that the Saud family isn't deposed by those wahabist nutjobs.
Fine- can't wait for the day when those wahabist nutjobs take over and start using the arms we sold to Saudi Arabia. By the way, been to Saudi Arabia? Not a nice place. My brother spent a year there and told me horror stories that I'll never forget. Supporting a place like that gives me the chills.
Spent two and a half years living there and I don't mean in a US military compound or company compound either.
Maybe now you'll understand a little better my "love" for the entire region and the culture.
Then let's get the hell out.
Not really. You had some bad experiences. Doesn't excuse all of the comments you make.
And I'm glad I'm not the only one who thinks this could bite us in the butt someday. Like the help we gave the Afghan rebels, or Iraq back when Saddam was our ally, or the stuff we sold to Iran. But hey, at this point anyone can be our enemy someday. Guess we gotta sell to somebody to help fund our defense against the last people we sold weapons to.
Saudi is a bad example for the region though. Bahrain, Qatar, Egypt and the Emirates all make Saudi look like a cultural backwater (as do both Iran and Iraq thinking about it). If Saudi didn't have Mecca in the middle of it most of the Muslim world probably wouldn't want to bother with it at all.
Put arms dealers in the White House and you can't expect anything less.
Really? Name a U.S. President in the past 50 years that hasn't sold weapons to our allies. Are they all arms dealers?
We need to choose our "allies" a bit more carefully, don't you think?
If we were to be truly selective, we wouldn't have any now would we? Got to make the best of what we have to work with.
I think there's an acceptable level of risk when it comes to with whom we choose to ally ourselves. I have to say I have big problems selling arms to Saudi Arabia.
Why? We also sell passenger jets to them as well. Some might say those are arms too. It looks like theyre going to sell to U.A.E. as well.
It'll be interesting to see what Israel gets out of the deal.
Most likely the best intel you can get from our satellite, telephone and internet monitoring technology on Iran and Syria.
I mentioned the reason why already in this thread.
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