Ron Paul: No Weapons for Saudi Arabia!

Saudi Arms Deal is About Iran

by Ron Paul

This month the US Administration notified Congress that it intends to complete one of the largest arms sales in US history to one of the most repressive regimes on earth. Saudi Arabia has been given the green light by the administration to spend $60 billion on some 84 new F-15 aircraft, dozens of the latest helicopters, and other missiles, bombs, and high-tech military products from the US weapons industry.

Saudi Arabia, from where 15 of the 19 September 11 hijackers came, is a family-run dictatorship, where there are no political parties, no independent press, and where any form of political dissent is met with the most severe punishment. We are told that we must occupy Afghanistan to encourage more rights for women, an issue on which the Saudi regime makes the Taliban look rather liberal by comparison. We are told that our increasingly aggressive policies toward Iran are justified by that country’s rigid Islamic laws and human-rights violations, while the even more repressive Islamic rule in Saudi Arabia is never mentioned.

So why would the US government, which spends hundreds of billions of dollars yearly and maintains hundreds of bases overseas to push global democracy, approve a deal like this with such a regime? As Stockholm Institute scholar Pieter Wezeman told the Washington Post, “Of course it’s against Iran. Of course it’s against Yemen. You can read between the lines … but there are not any official statements about it.” Although the deal must be approved by Congress, there is little chance of any significant Congressional opposition for the above reason.

Imagine if China had armed an aggressive, anti-American Mexico to the teeth. How would we feel? Threatened? That is likely how Iran feels with this massive arms sale to Saudi Arabia. To underscore this message, the US quietly announced early this month that it was selling 20 F-35 Stealth fighters to Israel. As Israeli military purchases are paid for with US foreign aid, we must realize that the weapons pointed at Iran in the Middle East are American made and largely paid for with American tax dollars. Certainly Iran understands this. Will such a provocative move, arming two anti-Iranian powers in the region to the teeth, lead to a trigger event to bring about a full invasion of Iran? The economic tsunami that would result from such a horrific turn of events would only be eclipsed by the death and destruction in the region — and likely beyond.

Some will argue that these arms deals are international trade which we should encourage and applaud. Sadly, the United States does not build much that we can export these days. But the fact is that the US weapons industry is underwritten by the American taxpayer. From research and development to acquisition by the US military, the costs of the US arms industry are borne by American citizens. But, as so-called “private” companies, the enormous profits they make selling weapons to countries like Saudi Arabia are of course privatized. So the costs are socialized and the profits are privatized. There is a word for this arrangement and it is not “capitalism.”

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129 Comments:

  1. its more complicated than that my friend the UK, Jordan were involved in the conflict. no one knows up to this moment what happened it end up with war after war and with the republicans regime in Yemen drag the country down for 40 years and guess what they just throw them away back in 2011 and if its not for Saudi and the gulf states a civil war could have happened and everyone knows that the Yemenis are armed and tribal it could have end up in blood shed

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  2. Really what about Yemen in the 1960’s.
    if you dont know your history dont talk about it.
    Ron Paul knows about Saudi Arabia more than saudis themselves

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  3. Now stay with ur ”suckness” country ass

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  4. Now stay with ur ”suckness” country ass

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  5. I don’t think its the fact that its Saudi Arabia the weapons are being sold to. But that the government is selling weapons at all.

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  6. Of course you don’t invade, you pay NATO to do that. And the only thing you show the world about Islam, especially when executing someone for “witchcraft”, is that it is sadistic, horrifically oppressive, backwards, and primitive. “Prosperity”, pfft, without all that oil under you, you’d be nothing.

    Oh, its an okay place to be, sure. -If you’re a man-. As a WOMAN? I can’t possibly think of a worse nation to live in on this planet. I’d have more rights in a prison than in your country.

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  7. Of course you don’t invade, you pay NATO to do that. And the only thing you show the world about Islam, especially when executing someone for “witchcraft”, is that it is sadistic, horrifically oppressive, backwards, and primitive. “Prosperity”, pfft, without all that oil under you, you’d be nothing.

    Oh, its an okay place to be, sure. -If you’re a man-. As a WOMAN? I can’t possibly think of a worse nation to live in on this planet. I’d have more rights in a prison than in your country.

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  8. hes right i guess Saudi Arabia should stop pumping as well and save the oil for itself

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  9. Im a huge fan of Ron Paul but i disagree with him on this because there is an agreement between Saudi and the US which is Oil for weapons

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  10. that wasn’t nice…

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  11. Saudi arabia = Mystery Babylon

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  12. the Shiites are one of iran weapons to weak the surrounding countries.
    the Shiites their loyalty to Iran and her leaders . iran is the religious authority of the Shiites

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