The Bush administration says that this is needed for peace and stability in the Middle-East--huh?? How does arming the most of the region create peace?!! Once again, up is down with this group of clowns. Under Secretary of State Nicholas Burns has said that this isn't anything new that this has been going on for many years. Yeah, and that's been the problem.
Our history of arming questionable states and their dictators hasn't panned out--that is what got us into trouble with Iraq and al-Qaeda in the first place!! And let's not forget that the arms we shipped to the Shah of Iran ended up in the hands of the Iranian Revolutionaries. It is beyond enraging to see that the Bush idiots still haven't learned not only from the history of the Middle-East but from our own history!!! As we all know Bush pretty much doesn't read anything so I guess why should I expect him to crack a history book in the eleventh hour of his presidency.
The Saudis get $20 billion worth of equipment and what have they given us in return?? A major addiction to oil--so we are basically giving money and guns to our drug dealer. In addition they gave us 15 of the 19 September the 11th hijackers, 45% of the foreign fighters in Iraq and the birthplace of al-Qaeda. As well as a country that is questionable at best on human rights.
Burns has also said, "Given the fact that Iraq is the number one American foreign policy interest globally, we would want our friends in the region to be supportive not only of what the United States is doing in Iraq, but of the Iraqi government itself."
GOI: Yeah--makes sense to me. The Saudis are sure supportive of the Shia dominated Iraqi government. Those 45% of Sunni Saudi fighters are definitely signs that Saudi Arabia is being helpful to the Iraqi government. So yeah, why not reward them for their greats efforts in cracking down on fighters entering Iraq as well as their amazing work in wiping out al-Qaeda in their country. I hope that you're picking up on my sarcasm and snark here.
The genius's in the Bush administration think that this is going to counter Iran's influence in the region. Yet--it will do the opposite. Iran will have no choice but to put their nuclear ambitions into high gear as well as build up their conventional arms on a similar pace. Clearly Bush was drunk during the arms race through out the Cold War because he didn't learn that an arms race never helps decrease tensions but rather accelerates the potential for a hot war.
So all of these countries in the Middle-East will be beefed up which will make their already twitchy trigger fingers even more nervous and it won't take much to set the whole damn place off. Great foreign policy yet again Bush. Perhaps they are doing this to try and help bring about their answer to everything--their rapture and Apocalypse that was "predicted" by the ramblings of a schizophrenic from the 1st century named John of Patmos.
These "revelations" by the way where "received" while John was in a trance. In modern times this would be rightly considered a psychotic episode. However, medication to help prevent hallucinations clearly wasn't around in those days so no wonder he came up with 7 headed dragons and the like. It is well known that extreme stress can cause psychosis which John was under while writing his book. He was living in exile--that will cause some serious stress.
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