America Sends Christmas Present to her Favorite Saudi princes
One must hold that thought about democracy in the Middle East while US sell $60 billion of military hardware to the princes of Saudi Arabia. The U.S. closed the first $30 billion half of a major arms deal Thursday to send 84 F-15 fighter jets to a country where only this month a women was beheaded convicted of practicing traditional Arab witchcraft and sorcery.
The U.S. will also help upgrade 70 existing Saudi jets as part of the package, which is the first installment of a major arms agreement that will also send helicopters and munitions to the kingdom.
Of course the whole deal is built around Washington’s obsessive fear of Iran says BBC.
In Washington, senior state department official Andrew Shapiro said it would send “a strong message to countries in the region that the United States is committed to stability in the Gulf and broader Middle East”.
“It will enhance Saudi Arabia’s ability to deter and defend against external threats to its sovereignty,” he added.
Since the ouster of Saddam Hussein, Saudi Arabia and Israel are the other poles in the region, and the U.S. has promised to continue to arm both for the foreseeable future.
Lately Iran has warned that if US gets further sanctioned passed against Iran in UN; It will make sure that not a drop of oil passes through strait of Hormuz. Currently some 1/5th of world oil supply from Persian gulf countries passes through this strait.
Earlier in both the Gulf Wars Saudi air bases were used by US to launch attacks inside Iraq against Saddam Husain; this time it may be used to assist Israeli attacks on Iranian Nuclear sites and other naval bases. guess.
What is up their sleeve to subdue Iranian neighbor Pakistan, is anybody’s guess.