Tinpot dictatorships throughout the Middle East are arming themselves to the teeth, to a significant extent with materiel supplied by United States arms-dealers. In 2010, defense procurements totaled $19 billion in Saudi Arabia, $4.4 billion in Iran, $3.3 billion in UAE, and $1.6 billion in Egypt. U.S defense contractors are currently salivating on multibillion-dollar arms deals to Gulf States that are engaged in or preparing to turn those weapons loose to put down popular uprisings.
The Obama administration is aggressively pushing to sell sophisticated arms to oil-rich ‘ Arab ‘allies’, whose contempt for their own people is now increasingly apparent. As recently as October 2010, the U.S. government unveiled a record 10-year $60 billion deal to sell advanced F-15 fighters, helicopters and other arms to the Saudi Arabia dictatorship.
Even now, the Obama administration is hedging any decision to curtail arms deals with Bahrain, following the murderous use of such weapons on innocent citicens by the ruling dictator. A senior Obama administrator (notably unnamed) announces that ‘any Bahraini unit involvement in human-rights abuses would be a factor in the future as we contemplate support for specific units.” A senior U.S. military official (also unnamed) states that “It is premature to make any decisions about future military assistance to Middle East allies.”
How contemptible must government officials and military apologists become before the media rips the masks off their faces? By the way, does Colonel Gaddafi still rank among those favored Middle Eastern allies? Will President Obama bow to the Colonel, the next time that they meet, should the Colonel’s bloody suppression ultimately succeed? Or will he emulate President Reagan in defining such autocrats as ‘Mad Dogs’? Your suspicion is as good as mine.
When will the elected representatives of the Land of the Free stand firm on higher principle and run the gun-runners out of town whenever they service despots with military materiel?
“Accumulate, accumulate. That is Moses and all the prophets!” Karl Marx, Das Kapital