U.S. nears $100 billion arms deal for Saudi Arabia

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Hey guys! Meet the new boss, SAME AS THE OLD BOSS!

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U.S. nears $100 billion arms deal for Saudi Arabia

By Steve Holland | WASHINGTON

The United States is close to completing a series of arms deals for Saudi Arabia totaling more than $100 billion, a senior White House official said on Friday, a week ahead of President Donald Trump's planned visit to Riyadh.

The official, who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity, said the arms package could end up surpassing more than $300 billion over a decade to help Saudi Arabia boost its defensive capabilities while still maintaining U.S. ally Israel's qualitative military edge over its neighbors.

"We are in the final stages of a series of deals," the official said. The package is being developed to coincide with Trump's visit to Saudi Arabia. Trump leaves for the kingdom on May 19, the first stop on his maiden international trip.

Reuters reported last week that Washington was pushing through contracts for tens of billions of dollars in arms sales to Saudi Arabia, some new, others already in the pipeline, ahead of Trump's visit.

The United States has been the main supplier for most Saudi military needs, from F-15 fighter jets to command and control systems worth tens of billions of dollars in recent years. Trump has vowed to stimulate the U.S. economy by boosting manufacturing jobs.

The package includes American arms and maintenance, ships, air missile defense and maritime security, the official said. "We'll see a very substantial commitment ... In many ways it is intended to build capabilities for the threats they face."

The official added: "It's good for the American economy but it will also be good in terms of building a capability that is appropriate for the challenges of the region. Israel would still maintain an edge."

While in Riyadh, the official said Trump would attend three major events: A series of meeting with Saudi officials, a separate session with leaders of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council and a lunch with Arab and Muslim leaders, 56 of whom have been invited, to discuss combating extremism and cracking down on illicit financing.

Trump will discuss how to counter the threat from Islamic State militants, the war in Yemen and threats of ballistic missiles and maritime shipping in the Red Sea, the official said.

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U.S. Navy commanders have accused Iran of jeopardizing international navigation by "harassing" warships passing through the Strait of Hormuz. Gulf Arab states are optimistic about Trump whom they see as a hawkish leader opposed to their adversary Iran.

A major part of the agenda with Gulf leaders will be the Syrian civil war amid calls for "de-escalation zones" in Syria to provide a safe haven for Syrian refugees.

Besides Saudi Arabia, Trump's first foreign trip will also include visits to Israel, the Vatican, Brussels for a NATO summit and Sicily for a Group of Seven summit.

 

(Reporting by Steve Holland; Editing by Yara Bayoumy and Tom Brown)

 

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Your thread seems to indicate that Saudi Arabia is the "boss" of the USA because they buy arms from us. Why do you believe this?

My opinion is that as long as they are not misused or fall into the wrong hands, it is good business for the US, and helps balance out all the oil we buy from them.

As a military contractor, Im cool as hell with this shit.  Its good for business.  As an american patroit, I dont really like it.

 

Imagine the amount of pussy that dude on the left gets.

FlyinHawaiian - Your thread seems to indicate that Saudi Arabia is the "boss" of the USA because they buy arms from us. Why do you believe this?

My opinion is that as long as they are not misused or fall into the wrong hands, it is good business for the US, and helps balance out all the oil we buy from them.

The new boss is trump, being the same as the old bosses. No matter what side of the aisle you're on you should find our relationship with the Saudis sketchy as hell considering their presumes involvement in 9/11

Nothing to see here, move along. 

we're getting back some of the monies that we pay those a-holes for their oil

"O Allah, Trump is one of your servants, you control him and his fate. Command him--willingly or not--to serve the best interests of Muslims and eliminate oppression done to them. Spare us from his evil deeds and guide him on the right path," - Saudi Cleric

http://www.newsweek.com/trump-muslims-allah-saudi-arabia-607658

As a Trump supporter, I'm not happy about this, unless there is more to it.

King Mo fan - 
FlyinHawaiian - Your thread seems to indicate that Saudi Arabia is the "boss" of the USA because they buy arms from us. Why do you believe this?

My opinion is that as long as they are not misused or fall into the wrong hands, it is good business for the US, and helps balance out all the oil we buy from them.

The new boss is trump, being the same as the old bosses. No matter what side of the aisle you're on you should find our relationship with the Saudis sketchy as hell considering their presumes involvement in 9/11


I can see your point about our relationship with the Saudis. I don't really trust them, but has there ever been any reliable proof that the gov't of Saudi Arabia assisted the hijackers?

Was this paid in pallets of cash as ransom? Then it's not quite the same as the old boss.

FlyinHawaiian - Your thread seems to indicate that Saudi Arabia is the "boss" of the USA because they buy arms from us. Why do you believe this?

My opinion is that as long as they are not misused or fall into the wrong hands, it is good business for the US, and helps balance out all the oil we buy from them.

No, I meant Trump is the same as the old boss.

Selling weapons to the House of Saud is SO FUCKING DUMB.  Say a terrorist group somehow gets a hold of $1 billion dollars (totally not from an intelligence agency's black budget).  And they offer $1 billion to Saudi Arabia, for $800m worth of weapons.

Is Saudi Arabia going to say "Oh but make sure to use the weapons only for self defense, guys!" ?????

This is the first thing trump has done that I'm adamantly against and he's a sellout. I was an adamant trump supporter

evil veiled - 

Selling weapons to the House of Saud is SO FUCKING DUMB.  Say a terrorist group somehow gets a hold of $1 billion dollars (totally not from an intelligence agency's black budget).  And they offer $1 billion to Saudi Arabia, for $800m worth of weapons.

Is Saudi Arabia going to say "Oh but make sure to use the weapons only for self defense, guys!" ?????



wikileaks already revealed that Saudi Arabia and Qatar are directly funding ISIS.  So now they will be supplying U.S. weapons to ISIS who we will attack using the same U.S. weapons.  The military industrial complex gets to make money on both ends now. 



It would be pretty hard to volunteer for military duty knowing you are just a pawn for increased profit margins.

Wow.

FlyinHawaiian - 
King Mo fan - 
FlyinHawaiian - Your thread seems to indicate that Saudi Arabia is the "boss" of the USA because they buy arms from us. Why do you believe this?

My opinion is that as long as they are not misused or fall into the wrong hands, it is good business for the US, and helps balance out all the oil we buy from them.

The new boss is trump, being the same as the old bosses. No matter what side of the aisle you're on you should find our relationship with the Saudis sketchy as hell considering their presumes involvement in 9/11


I can see your point about our relationship with the Saudis. I don't really trust them, but has there ever been any reliable proof that the gov't of Saudi Arabia assisted the hijackers?

http://foreignpolicy.com/2016/07/18/what-we-know-about-saudi-arabias-role-in-911/


Page 415: “While in the United States, some of the September 11 hijackers were in contact with, and received support and assistance from, individuals who may be connected to the Saudi Government.… [A]t least two of those individuals were alleged by some to be Saudi intelligence officers.”

Page 417: One of the individuals identified in the pages as a financial supporter of two of the 9/11 hijackers, Osama Bassnan, later received a “significant amount of cash” from “a member of the Saudi Royal Family” during a 2002 trip to Houston.

Page 418: “Another Saudi national with close ties to the Saudi Royal Family, [deleted], is the subject of FBI counterterrorism investigations.”

Pages 418 and 419: Detained al Qaeda leader Abu Zubaida had in his phone book the unlisted number for the security company that managed the Colorado residence of the then-Saudi ambassador to the United States, Prince Bandar bin Sultan.

Page 421: “a [deleted], dated July 2, 2002, [indicates] ‘incontrovertible evidence that there is support for these terrorists inside the Saudi Government.’”

Page 426: Bassnan’s wife was receiving money “from Princess Haifa Bint Sultan,” the wife of the Saudi ambassador. (Her correct name is actually Princess Haifa bint Faisal.)

Page 436: The general counsel of the U.S. Treasury Department, David Aufhauser, testified that “offices [of the Saudi charity al-Haramain] have significant contacts with extremists, Islamic extremists.” CIA officials also testified “that they were making progress on their investigations of al-Haramain.… [T]he head of the central office is complicit in supporting terrorism, and it also raised questions about [then-Saudi Interior Minister] Prince Nayef.”

Soup and Beer - 
evil veiled - 

Selling weapons to the House of Saud is SO FUCKING DUMB.  Say a terrorist group somehow gets a hold of $1 billion dollars (totally not from an intelligence agency's black budget).  And they offer $1 billion to Saudi Arabia, for $800m worth of weapons.

Is Saudi Arabia going to say "Oh but make sure to use the weapons only for self defense, guys!" ?????



wikileaks already revealed that Saudi Arabia and Qatar are directly funding ISIS.  So now they will be supplying U.S. weapons to ISIS who we will attack using the same U.S. weapons.  The military industrial complex gets to make money on both ends now. 



It would be pretty hard to volunteer for military duty knowing you are just a pawn for increased profit margins.


This.

War is a racket.

No problem with it all

Fuck the saudis.

Co3 - 

No problem with it all


If those weapons end up hurting Americans, you still don`t care?