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. To defent a country against 70% of it's population??? and that Iran propaganda is getting too old my friend, just say they're shitte muslims and they have no rights at all... i work in the gulf in saudia arabia, qatar and kuwait so i know alot about you relegion and culture... i just hope you guys wake up and see who the real enemy is

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  2. you don't know that the Saudi arabia , Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman and the UAE have combined forces to defend the Gulf called dira al-jazzirah and they was defending them self against Iran

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  3. and they also control fox news and other media in the USA . we control the way you live ..... LOL

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  4. umm how about Bahrain few months ago?? 1000 saudi soldiers killing and bombing homes in Bahrain... ummm how about sponsoring the Wahabi movement which Alqaeda is a branch of??? ummm

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  5. but... but... but 14 saudis bombed the trade center... but but but saudis are bombing themselves among civilians in afganistan and iraq... but but but saudis are ruthles dictators,,,but but but yah they are giving the US oil so thats ok they're an ally

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  6. that not invasion . it is to keep peace and another thing saudi arabia is U.S. ally in the region

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  7. they just invaded bahrain not too long ago... too bad your media doesn't mention it

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  8. Minister Ailing you cant build a mosque in the Vatican also and if someone rape a woman in our country he will walk down to the death raw.

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  9. You can't build a church in Saudi Arabia--not even in the middle of the desert. Women don't have anything close to equality.

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  10. after all my friends lets not forget that we are humans we need to understand each other rather than attacking each other and put a world of peace and understanding and be real people.
    peace be upon you.
    p.s. sorry about the big comments i was a bet angry hope you understand.

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  11. and about arming Saudi its not against anyone last war we have with those fighters from Yaman we only defending our country and we have every right to do so even though an Iranian fighters and weapons were found but we did not put our country in a war with Iran and about Israel everybody in the world forgets about the fact that its a country founded by the US and UK and they been invading Arab countries since 1948 and they are been having aid from the US and weapons since Day 1

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  12. i fully agree with you about Ron Paul but it annoy me the miss consumption specially when it comes from a great guy like Dr.Ron Paul US interventions in other countries is like a mark of the US policies and history proves that and id support it in many cases but the US when it its job done it leave the people hanging in trouble look at Afghanistan during the soviet war after those people made the red army fall apart everybody forgot about them and look at the mess now,

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  13. Saudi Citizen, and Ron Paul supporter (wife and her family are American and RP supporters).

    Under what circumstances would it be okay for the United States to sell weapons to Saudi Arabia (or anyone for that matter)?

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  14. Ron Paul is a great guy. He believes that the US troops in Saudi Arabia and the US interventionist foreign policy caused terrorist attack against their own citizens. I think that's why he believes that selling weapons to Saudi Arabia is like putting a fuel tank near fire. Or maybe it would intimidate Iran as we would be in the same league with Israel. It would look as if the US is arming Israel & Saudi Arabia.. but against who?

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  15. Disappointed Ron, what a shame.

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  16. Disappointed Ron, what a shame.

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  17. تسلم يمناك
    كنت برد بس ردك كافي ووافي

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  18. i am a Saudi citizen and our country never attempt to invade other country all of our weapons are for deference purposes. even in our policy never interfere in internal issues of others. although Iran every month is threatening and killing just like what happened in Pakistan and trying to kill our political reps even on american soil. and we never declare war we went through diplomatic channels to show the world who we are and what we stand for and what Islam is really about peace and prosperity

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  19. Russia has sold Iran 11,000 rockets armed with 1 ton of TNT that can knock down 12 Israeli jets. So the US is selling Israel 23 Stealth Bombers it has been wanting to bomb Iran's Breeder Reactors. Iran Is NOT making nuclear weapons but Israel has enough nukes to destroy the entire mideast hidden underground at Dimona, which JFK was the LAST US president to try to inspect. Israel has threatened to nuke Iran if Iran retaliates and Iran will shut down the Straits of Hormuz cutting off 90% of oil

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  20. Russia has sold Iran 11,000 rockets armed with 1 ton of TNT that can knock down 12 Israeli jets. So the US is selling Israel 23 Stealth Bombers it has been wanting to bomb Iran's Breeder Reactors. Iran Is NOT making nuclear weapons but Israel has enough nukes to destroy the entire mideast hidden underground at Dimona, which JFK was the LAST US president to try to inspect. Israel has threatened to nuke Iran if Iran retaliates and Iran will shut down the Straits of Hormuz cutting off 90% of oil

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