U.S. Touts Arab Arms Sales Package
Rice Says Huge Bump In Military Sales To Arab Nations Will Boost Security In Iraq And Persian Gulf
Hello folks. This is crap! This isn't even a news story! This is propaganda, spread by the administration while it attempts to do two things:
- Arm the Middle East, because they really need more weapons there.
- Give some huge "discounts" (think of that one dollar off coupon for a tube of Colgate in the Sunday paper) on state-of-the-art weapons and systems, to allow their recipients to kill better and deader.
Now, let's think about this. It doesn't seem like the Middle East needs more weapons, but probably could use less! No one is really talking about how the US (and Israel, oddly enough) are arming Fatah to fight Hezbolla in Gaza. They're not talking about how Saudi Arabia is arming the Sunni's in Iraq, only that Iran is arming the Shiites there.
Does anyone think there needs to be more weapons, and better weapons in that area? Does anyone think there's an upside to giving more guns to the whack jobs who are shooting everyone and blowing everyone up? Will a Fatah mujaheddin with a spanking new rocket launcher really protect an American city from a terror attack? Is it necessary for us to pick out friends from the neighborhood fire-fight, and then give them more ordinance? They're killing people! Real, normal, regular people! Dads and moms and kids and teachers and butchers and bakers and firemen and cops. On both sides. Every day.
And the more guns we give to Fatah, the more Iran gives to Hezbolla. Repeat after me, the enemy of our enemy is not necessarily our friend. This is a lesson the US government never seems to learn. They didn't learn it in Viet Nam, they didn't learn it in Aghanistan, or Panama, or Iran, or Nicaragua, or Lebanon, or el Salvador, and they didn't learn it in Iraq. We have, in the past, given all of those countries arms and coupons for more, because they seemed to be enemies of our enemies (Russia, China, Communism, drug-lords, Iranians). They didn't help with anything besides keeping those countries tied up in bloody and ultra-violent civil disturbances for years. And made their populace hate us.
And then, on the other side of the coin, think about this: Who benefits when the US administration issues weapons coupons? Lockheed does, and General Dynamics, and Grumman and all of our other beloved US defense contractors.
- Lockheed Martin
- Northrop Grumman
- General Dynamics
- United Technologies
- Science Applications International Corporation
- TRW (acquired by Northrop Grumman, 12 Dec 2002)
- Health Net
- L-3 Communications Holdings