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Obama To Sell $10 Billion In Weapons To Israel, Saudi Arabia And The UAE

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Having been denied the ability to control guns by the democratically-controlled Senate last Wednesday in the biggest slap to the administration's face in a long time, Obama decided promptly to put as many guns as he possibly can in the hands of US soldiers and various non-Americans. First, it was the announcement that Obama would send more troops to Jordan to prepare for "stability operations" which is a euphemism for Syrian rebel support (much of it controlled by the otherwise dreaded Al Qaeda), and now we learn that Obama is set to announce the sale of $10 billion worth of weapons to Israel, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. It appears that Obama, like a true expert of Sun Tzu, is well aware that the only way forward to a Nobel prize winning global peace, is under the barrel of a gun, or on the receiving end of a hot AGM-65 Maverick missile.

Bloomberg reports that the arms sold to Israel also will include an unspecified number of V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor transport aircraft, air defense radar and KC-135 refueling tankers; the U.A.E. will probably buy 26 F-16 jet fighters, and the Persian Gulf nation as well as Saudi Arabia will each buy precision missiles, said the official who provided details on condition of not being named before the deal is announced.


The missiles being discussed include an unspecified number of the U.S. Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile, a new weapon being bought by the U.S. Navy, the official said. The missile, made by Alliant Techsystems Inc. (ATK), is capable of attacking ground radar used by countries fielding sophisticated integrated air defenses, such as Syria and Iran.


If the transaction goes through, it will be the first foreign sale of the V-22 tilt-rotor made by Boeing Co. (BA) and Textron Inc. (TXT)’s Bell Helicopter unit. The U.A.E. already ordered 80 F-16s made by Lockheed Martin Corp. (LMT) in the late 1990s, and Saudi Arabia operates a fleet of Boeing-made F-15 jets.


The move to beef up the capabilities of allies in the Middle East began with President Barack Obama asking then- Defense Secretary Leon Panetta to examine ways to boost Israel’s military edge in light of potential threats in the region, three U.S. defense officials told reporters today at a briefing. The U.S. suspects Iran of developing nuclear weapons and is concerned the Syrian regime led by Bashar al-Assad may use chemical weapons.


Following Obama’s direction, Panetta held a series of meetings with then-Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak on weapons the country would need, the three officials said, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss negotiations between countries. Bilateral discussions with Saudi Arabia and the U.A.E. were held over the last nine months, according to the officials.


Plans for the arms package to Middle East allies comes as Hagel prepares his first trip to the region since taking his Cabinet post in February. The weapons sales will be a centerpiece of the visit, the U.S. official said.

Why the need to escalate the already heavily-armed Middle East and to paint America once more as the global supplier of precision-guided death to any corner in the world? Why the "immediate danger" that is Iran and Syria of course.

At a broader level, Hagel’s visit to Israel, Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the U.A.E. will probably focus on regional threats from Iran and Syria, said Aaron David Miller, a Middle East specialist at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington.


In Israel, Hagel “has to make clear on the psychological and emotional side that he gets it that they’re in a very dangerous and uncertain neighborhood,” Miller said in a telephone interview before details of the arms sales were known.


To that end, the announcement of an additional arms deal with Israel will probably be a highlight of Hagel’s meetings with his counterpart Moshe Ya’alon, as well as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

For Israel having the most modern military in the middle East is not enough. It needs to modernize it once more, courtesy of the US.

The deal also underscores Obama’s comments last month in Israel that the Jewish state must have the capacity to defend itself against potential threats from Iran and from Syria.


The Obama administration also has funded Israel’s Iron Dome system, designed to shoot down short-range rockets. In its 2014 budget request the Pentagon sought $220 million to buy additional batteries of the missile defense system for Israel. If approved by Congress, that spending will be on top of the $486 million the U.S. has added for the system in recent years.

And, as the movie The International laid out all too clearly, if Israel can't fund the billions it needs to purchase more "deterrent" armaments, then HSBC (or Goldman, or JPM, or [insert bank name here]) will be delighted to provide any and all loans the country may need.

Which is not to say that Russia will be far behind providing Syria and Iran with all the MiG and AK-47s they may need in this time of crisis.... with loans provided once more by HSBC (or Goldman, or JPM, or [insert bank name here]) of course.

Rinse. Repeat.


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Sat, 04/20/2013 - 15:05 | 3477696 Longing for the...
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Israel is on record as saying that if Obama would simply stop selling weaponry to their enemies they could also stop buying (and wasting billions on war machinery).



Sat, 04/20/2013 - 15:35 | 3477828 Mr. Hudson
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I wish Uncle Sam would write a book describing what a cold Jewish hand feels like when squeezing his warm testicles.

Sat, 04/20/2013 - 16:15 | 3478018 earleflorida
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shit,... twas written century's ago;  shakespeare's, 'merchant of venice' 

shylock, and his pound ole flesh...

never has lost its savoir`faire, kinda?

Sat, 04/20/2013 - 16:33 | 3478080 negative rates
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He wants the specific chapter.

Sat, 04/20/2013 - 15:53 | 3477922 VyseLegendaire
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Obama makes Tsarnaev bros. look like saints. 

Sat, 04/20/2013 - 16:03 | 3477972 BattlegroundEur...
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To the US builders of the V22.

Use Bacon grease where possible.

Sat, 04/20/2013 - 16:14 | 3478012 q99x2
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He is a fair president. He also sells heat seaking missles to Al-Ciada so that the other side has an equal chance. If you read the details of his peace prize it is in there the part about fairness.

Sat, 04/20/2013 - 16:27 | 3478051 PontifexMaximus
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Boston......big yawn

Sat, 04/20/2013 - 16:36 | 3478089 Paracelsus
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Nobody mentioned the F-35 raptor or JSF programs?   What a revolving door for those Air Force Officers and Lobbyists. Nice work if you can get it. Sadly I think the next '29 style crash is gonna take those guys out. Won't those pesky drones cut into their jet fuel subsidies?

Conversation between two pilots at a conference:

Pilot A:  Where'd ya get your medal there?

Pilot B:  My F-16 got hit by a shoulder fired SAM,punched out,spent two weeks on the ground evading,living off roasted grubs,before being rescued.  Where'd ya get your bronze star by the way?

Pilot A: Been a drone operator for five years,make about $250k a year after tax. Lost four UAV's so far to ground fire. Bummer.... 

Sat, 04/20/2013 - 17:17 | 3478223 Aurora Ex Machina
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Yes, I even quoted you the CSR document where the F35 was pushed through over the F22 against the wishes of both the Japanese and Australian government.


Pearls and Swine, I tell you, Pearls and Swine.

Sat, 04/20/2013 - 16:41 | 3478105 Dewey Cheatum Howe
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This is the equivalent of your older brother charging you for hand me down clothes that have gone out of style and you've also outgrown. Turn your trash into cash....

Sat, 04/20/2013 - 16:44 | 3478116 Troy Ounce
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It looks like the USA has Satan as their Presidente.

Sat, 04/20/2013 - 16:55 | 3478146 lolmao500
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While Holder is at work in Kuwait...

20,000 U.S. M-16s stolen from unguarded warehouse in Kuwait

Syria Faces New Claim on Chemical Arms

Patriot missiles to be deployed along Jordan-Syria border
US to relocate two batteries from Qatar and Kuwait in order to protect Hashemite Kingdom, source claims

China, India troops set up rival camps in Himalayan desert: police

Several dozen Chinese soldiers have set up a remote camp some 10 km (6 miles) inside territory claimed by India in the high altitude Himalayan desert of Ladakh, Indian police sources said, in a possible return to border tension between the Asian giants.

An Indian foreign ministry spokesman said the two countries were in touch with each other to resolve the row. The ill-defined border has fuelled 50 years of mistrust despite blossoming economic ties.

The Indian army set up its own temporary camp just 500 meters (1600 feet) from the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers after the incident on April 15, a senior police official stationed close to the border told Reuters.

Of interest the PLA troop incursion into Indian territory in #Ladakh puts them in range of recently reactivated Indian airbase..

Sat, 04/20/2013 - 17:54 | 3478292 dolph9
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America cares about two things:

1)  Israel

2)  the flow of fossil fuels

Everything America does is to ensure that Israel is never threatened, and the fossil fuels go to where they need to.

America doesn't give a fuck about Muslims, terrorism, or its own citizens.

Sat, 04/20/2013 - 20:05 | 3478600 epwpixieq-1
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The average American can care less about Israel than anything else, but the financial elite and the media, well that is a totally other story.

And by the way, "selling" weapons to Israel is a marketing trick, so they can "buy" these weapons with the financial aid money from us.

Why not just directly donate the weapons, as this will have less headache and will actually save some money.

But this, of course, may be tooooooooo obvious, for it will show who sponsors who in the global war for "freedom".

Sat, 04/20/2013 - 22:35 | 3479066 Alpha Monkey
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That and the bankers would be skimming untold billions less...

Sat, 04/20/2013 - 17:58 | 3478302 hooligan2009
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for me, the major take-away is to highlight the hypocrisy of the Obama Administration.

how is it ok to ARM people in known violent areas that support apartheid (israel) and dictatorships/caste systems (Saudi Arabia/Bahrain)

and then

attempt to DISARM people in the USA

10 billion wrongs don't make a right (to disarm?) 

Sat, 04/20/2013 - 22:40 | 3479083 GMadScientist
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Egypt, Israel, Saudi...we don' got money? you got people to repress? Then we're the vendor for you!

(inside your borders, outside your borders? who cares? MOVE your borders!)

(ask for punch card for free nuke after 50 drone purchases)


Sat, 04/20/2013 - 22:51 | 3479130 Stuck on Zero
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Obama got this mixed up.  He's supposed to arm U.S. citizens and disarm our enemies.


Sun, 04/21/2013 - 08:53 | 3479827 rsnoble
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Yeah and if Obama wasn't selling them the weapons it would be Romney.

Fuck the US gov't.

Sun, 04/21/2013 - 11:19 | 3480112 European American
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$10 Billion. Isn't that the cost of about one and a half stealth jets?

Sun, 04/21/2013 - 16:51 | 3481212 Dollar Bill Hiccup
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The refueling tankers for the Israelis are nice. Now they can hit former Sov Onion, as well as land of the Tsars.

Not to mention making it easier for I ran.

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