Saturday, July 28, 2007

US to sell $20b in arms to the Saudis

Get a clue.

Let's get this straight...the 9/11 hijackers were mostly....SAUDI. Bin Laden is.......SAUDI. The madrassas are mostly.....SAUDI.

But that's not going to deter the Bush admin-backed arms industry from selling a $hitload of weapons to these guys. After all, they still own the oil....that is until the Iraqi embassy and permanent bases are complete.

Administration officials remain concerned, however, that the package could draw opposition from Saudi critics in Congress, which is to be notified formally about the deal this autumn, the newspaper said.

The State Department and the White House had no comment on the Times' article, and a Pentagon spokesperson could not immediately be reached for comment.

Assurances from the Saudis about being more supportive in Iraq were not sought by the administration as part of the deal, U.S. officials told the newspaper.

The Times said officials described the plan as intended to bolster Gulf countries' militaries in a bid to contain Iran's growing strength in the region, as well as to demonstrate Washington's commitment to its Arab allies.