Well, if that isn't a surprise...but by how much you may ask? WASHINGTON, Sept 7 ¬ The United States accounted for more than two-thirds of foreign weapons sales in 2008, a year in which global sales were at a three-year low, The New York Times reported yesterday. Citing a congressional study released on Friday, the Times said the United States was involved in 68.4 per cent of the global sales of arms. US weapons sales jumped nearly 50 per cent in 2008 despite the global economic recession to US$37.8 billion (RM132.3 billion) from US$25.4 billion the year before. The jump defied worldwide trends as global arms sales fell 7.6 per cent to $55.2 billion in 2008, the report said. Global weapons agreements were at their lowest level since 2005. Italy, the second ranked country, amassed only US$3.7 billion in arms sales, while Russia ranked third with sales falling to $3.5 billion in 2008, down from $10.8 billion in 2007. The report attributed the increase in US sales to "major new orders from clients in the Near East and in Asia" as well as to continued contracts for equipment and support services with globally based US clients, the Times said. The United States also led in arms sales to the developing world, signing 70.1 per cent of these weapons agreements at a value of US$29.6 billion in 2008, the report said. Such deals with the developing world included a US$6.5 billion air defense system for the United Arab Emirates, a US$2.1 billion jet fighter for Morocco and a US$2 billion attack helicopter for Taiwan. India, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, South Korea and Brazil also reached weapons deals with the United States, the Times said. The report revealed the United Arab Emirates was the top buyer of arms in the developing world with US$9.7 billion in arms purchases in 2008. Saudi Arabia ranked second with US$8.7 billion in weapons agreements, and Morocco was third with US$5.4 billion in deals - Reuters http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/index.php/world/37035-us-leads-world-in-foreign-weapons-sales Sigh...Our fellow Iraqi brothers have been slacking...dropping from top place previously. I guess oil prices dropping really hurt them...or help them? hmm... Maybe the're just saving up for those F-16's. So...good for the economy? bad for the world? good for the world on side of USA? ...er...bad for those allies using them against each other??? You decide! Discuss!