by Enver Masud
The Defense Department has notified Congress that it wants to sell $60
billion worth of advanced aircraft and weapons to Saudi Arabia.
The deal to be completed over five to 10 years, according to the Washington
Post, "includes 84 new F-15 fighter jets
and upgrades to 70 more F-15s that the Saudis already have, as well as three
types of helicopters: 70 Apaches, 72 Black Hawks and 36 Little Birds. Saudi
Arabia would also get versions of a satellite-guided 'smart bomb' system,
plus anti-ship and anti-radar missiles."
The question is, "Is this deal about defending Saudi Arabia or about
sustaining the U.S. military-industrial complex?"
Saudi Arabia, with annual military spending of $31 billion, is #8 in
military expenditure rankings -- just ahead of Russia which is #9, and Iran
which is #21 with spending of $6.1 billion.
"The Saudi sale is part of a wider arms build-up in the Middle East, which
the US depicts as important to keeping Iran in check", reports the Financial Times.
When was the last time that Iran attacked another state?
"'War Is A Racket'," The
Wisdom Fund, September 11, 2001
Katrina Vanden Heuvel, "The Enormous
Cost of War," Nation, August 17, 2007
[ . . . the Strategic Foresight Group in India . . . calculates that
conflict in the area over the last 20 years has cost the nations and
people of the region 12 trillion U.S. dollars.--Rick Rozoff, "Middle East
loses Trillions as U.S. strikes record Arms Deals,"
mediamonitors.net, September 3, 2010]
"The Arms Sales
Monitoring Project," Federation of American Scientists