Earlier this month, US officials said the US was seeking to reach “billions” of dollars in arms sales to Saudi Arabia as part of Trump’s visit to Riyadh. With a week left before the visit, officials now say the White House is very close to the deal, and that it will amount to over $100 billion in sales of arms to an Islamic state that practices Sharia law.
Fifteen of the 19 attackers on Sept 11th 2001 were citizens of Saudi Arabia, In July 2016, the U.S. government released a document, compiled by Dana Lesemann and Michael Jacobson,known as “File 17“, which contains a list naming three dozen people, including Fahad al-Thumairy, Omar al-Bayoumi, Osama Bassnan, and Mohdhar Abdullah, which connects Saudi Arabia to the hijackers.
Saudis roots are in Wahhabism, a form of Islam practised in Saudi Arabia that developed only in the 18th century. In July 2013, the European Parliament identified Wahhabism as the main source of global terrorism, much of that with the backing of Saudi Arabia.
Details are still emerging, but the Insane plan is for this to set out a series of growing deals over the next decade that will involve more than $300 billion going to arms dealers. If anyone recalls the US also armed Osama Bin Laden against the USSR in Afghanistan, that did not turn out so well. Never arm a Muslims, especially ones like Saudi Arabia that does not allow women to drive, practices apartheid against non-Muslims, banes Bibles and also bans any Non-Muslims from entering the city of Mecca, yep you guessed it Muslims only. And we are going to arm these barbarians!
White House officials said the move would be good for the economy, and insisted that building Saudi Arabia’s already substantial military was “essential” because of regional problems. Saudi Arabia, of course, spends much of its military budget invading Yemen and trying to reinstall former President Hadi in power.
Given Saudi Arabia’s Yemen-centric foreign policy, US sales are likely to be heavily on warplanes and bombs to drop on northern Yemen, as the conflict has lasted far longer than the Saudis anticipated, and there is little sign they are interested iin extricating themselves from the conflict anytime soon.
How much this means Israel will get greatly depends on the sort of weapons the US is giving Saudi Arabia, and particularly if there is anything “new” in the shipments, or just more of the same old stuff.