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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  1. UAE weapons most of them are France & Russian only Aircrafts are US F-16F/E Block-60& AH-64D Apache & AH-64A Apache only and future 2013 well be more US Aircraft for UAE like F-35A &
    F-15SE Silent Eagle

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  2. UAE weapons most of them are France & Russian only Aircrafts are US F-16F/E Block-60
    & AH-64D Apache & AH-64A Apache only and future 2013 well be more US Aircraft for UAE like F-35A &
    F-15SE Silent Eagle

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  3. "RON PAUL! YOU'RE FIRE!"
    -Donald Trump

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  4. Ron Paul is fucking stupid! What you want the entire Middle East country to have Russian weapons.

    Just look fucking history. Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Yemen, and other Arab nation have Russian weapons. What did they end up? They end up killing the jews in Israel. Israel get their weapons from the US, UK, and France to protect themselves. Now these day like Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Oman, Turkey, Kuwait, Bahrain, and UAE have US weapons. None US made weapon kill Israeli.

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  5. I agree with you.

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  6. RON, I HAVE LISTENED TO ALL BULLSHIT, THE ONLY ANSWER I'M LOOKING FOR, IS HOW DO YOU INTEND TO BRING, MEANINGFUL JOBS BACK TO THE GOOD OLD U.S.A. ????

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  7. Hiyy sick old man, do u know that all these thoughts that come from ur mind bring wars idea in people minds !!!!!!!

    don't speak about countries unless you visit it.

    WOMEN IN SAUDI HAVE MORE RIGHTS THAN YOU ...

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  8. SHUT THE HELL UP . OLD MAN

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  9. You were told ....!

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  10. no one hates you if you stay fair as you started. there are many iranians in usa living and working hard and they haven't done any harm to you. many of them have family and friends in iran. What did you feel If somebody treat your country like you treat theirs. Do you like it.I promise with your selfishness If we just for couple of years reverse you with them you could have not tolerate that much hate.
    people saw you as a leader and trusted you for the extension of democracy everywhere but now you are far from that and everything has become politically nd worse than that profit oriented.Peace and democracy and Science for everyone .

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  11. yes yes ron paul

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  12. Although Saudi Arabia is regarded as an old fashioned monarchy but Saudi Arabia has never invaded another country in its entire history. Weapons sale would increase its capability to self protect its borders and its global energy supplies from increasing potential of foreign invasion--such as Iran, Syria, or other Hizbullah like cult groups. Additionally, the sale would positively help re-balancing the budget deficit that our governments have been running for years.

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  13. I've personally been to Saudi Arabia, and contrary to what Mr Paul's opinion, I was amused with what they have achieved there in terms of development. I think we need to offer them a hand on all levels to help them continue living up to their hopes. They were great, gentle and kind people with indescribable hospitality. I haven't seen nor felt the repression Mr. Paul talks about. They are a developing nation--developing fast though--and I see a potential to westernize.

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  14. I've personally been to Saudi Arabia, and contrary to what Mr Paul's opinion, I was amused with what they have achieved there in terms of development. I think we need to offer them a hand on all levels to help them continue living up to their hopes. They were great, gentle and kind people with indescribable hospitality. I haven't seen nor felt the repression Mr. Paul talks about. They are a developing nation--developing fast though--and I see a potential to westernize.

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  15. I've personally been to Saudi Arabia, and contrary to what Mr Paul's opinion, I was amused with what they have achieved there in terms of development. I think we need to offer them a hand on all levels to help them continue living up to their hopes. They were great, gentle and kind people with indescribable hospitality. I haven't seen nor felt the repression Mr. Paul talks about. They are a developing nation--developing fast though--and I see a potential to westernize.

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  16. I've personally been to Saudi Arabia, and contrary to what Mr Paul's opinion, I was amused with what they have achieved there in terms of development. I think we need to offer them a hand on all levels to help them continue living up to their hopes. They were great, gentle and kind people with indescribable hospitality. I haven't seen nor felt the repression Mr. Paul talks about. They are a developing nation--developing fast though--and I see a potential to westernize.

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  17. I've personally been to Saudi Arabia, and contrary to what Mr Paul's opinion, I was amused with what they have achieved there in terms of development. I think we need to offer them a hand on all levels to help them continue living up to their hopes. They were great, gentle and kind people with indescribable hospitality. I haven't seen nor felt the repression Mr. Paul talks about. They are a developing nation--developing fast though--and I see a potential to westernize.

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  18. This sounds like a setup to start a major war in the middle east. This on top of a global economic colapse could lead to world war 3.

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  19. The Saudi government is the seventh most authoritarian regime from among the 167 countries ratedby the The Economist's Democracy Index. It declared the Qur'an as the constitution of the country, governed on the basis of Islamic(Wahhabis) law. Slavery wasent abolished until 1962. The Saudi government spreads Islam by funding construction of mosques and Qur'an schools around the world.

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  20. Yah, Obama just had his military yard sale in his latest India, etc....junket. He took Honeywell's CEO Dave Cote (who also has locations in the Middle East), as well as GE, hoping to get a piece of the pie after Hillary got her panties all in a bunch hearing India was deploying ASATs. So we had a nice show and tell. But US weapons are not even made in the US anyway....the Air Force recently commissioned another Nation for their jets rather than the US since everything made in US is garbage.

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