U.S. Planning to Sell Advanced Weapons Technology to Persian Gulf States

When stuff like this starts happening, you have to start looking for the culprit. Obviously, Iran is the problem here. But, why is the United States bolstering the defensive capabilities of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman?

It doesn’t take much to speculate that the United States has committed itself to an attack on Iranian nuclear technology. And, as Infidel Parrot has pointed out in an article on his website, “an air strike against Iran’s nuclear program would be met immediately with Iranian attacks on Western interests in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE, Kuwait, and the rest of the Persian Gulf.”

Unfortunately, this will leave Israel in a precarious situation, as new technology in the hands of Arabs tends to destabilize the Gulf region more than usual. After all, JDAM’s (the easy to install GPS guidance and targeting upgrades that turn dumb bombs into smart bombs) are more suited for offensive military strikes on stationary objects rather than for use as defensive weapons against an incoming target …

In 1965, the United States of America sold weapons to Jordan and then realized that they needed to offer comparable systems to Israel in an attempt to restore the balance of power in the region. So, look for the U.S. to offer Israel a new arms deal to compensate for this imbalance of technology.

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U.S. Plans New Arms Sales to Gulf Allies
$20 Billion Deal Includes Weapons For Saudi Arabia

By Robin Wright
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, July 28, 2007; Page A01

The Bush administration will announce next week a series of arms deals worth at least $20 billion to Saudi Arabia and five other oil-rich Persian Gulf states as well as new 10-year military aid packages to Israel and Egypt, a move to shore up allies in the Middle East and counter Iran’s rising influence, U.S. officials said yesterday.

The arms deals, which include the sales of a variety of sophisticated weaponry, would be the largest negotiated by this administration. The military assistance agreements would provide $30 billion in new U.S. aid to Israel and $13 billion to Egypt over 10 years, the officials said. Both figures represent significant increases in military support.

U.S. officials said the arms sales to Saudi Arabia are expected to include air-to-air missiles as well as Joint Direct Attack Munitions, which turn standard bombs into “smart” precision-guided bombs. Most, but not all, of the arms sales to the six Gulf Cooperation Council countries — Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman — will be defensive, the officials said.

U.S. officials said the common goal of the military aid packages and arms sales is to strengthen pro-Western countries against Iran at a time when the hard-line regime seeks to extend its power in the region.

“This is a big development, because it’s part of a larger regional strategy and the maintenance of a strong U.S. presence in the region. We’re paying attention to the needs of our allies and what everyone in the region believes is a flexing of muscles by a more aggressive Iran. One way to deal with that is to make our allies and friends strong,” said a senior administration official involved in the negotiations.

The arms deals have quietly been under discussion for months despite U.S. disappointment over Saudi Arabia’s failure to support the Iraqi government and to bring that country’s Sunni Muslims into the reconciliation process.

The administration’s plans will be announced Monday in advance of trips next week to the Middle East by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, and are expected to be on their agenda in Egypt and Saudi Arabia. The administration has a notional list of arms to sell to the Gulf states, but there are no final agreements on quantities and specific models, U.S. officials said.

State Department and Pentagon officials started briefing key members of Congress about their intentions over the past week, U.S. officials said. The initial reception has been positive, said officials involved in those briefings. They acknowledged, however, that some parts of the deal are supported more than others. Arms sales to Gulf countries have often been controversial.

The administration hopes to provide a full rundown this fall for congressional approval.

“We want to convince Congress to continue our tradition of military sales to all six” states, the senior administration official said. “We’ve been helping Gulf Arabs for years, and that needs to continue.”

Sunni regimes in the Gulf region have felt particularly vulnerable since the election of a pro-Iranian Shiite government in neighboring Iraq last year. “There’s a sense here and in the region of the need to build up defenses against Iranian encroachment,” said a U.S. official familiar with the deals.

The aid packages to Israel and Egypt are further along. A U.S.-Israel agreement, to replace a 10-year arrangement that expires this year, has been under discussion since February, U.S. officials said. The new U.S. package will include strictly military aid and would expand the U.S. contribution 25 percent over the current $2.4 billion per year; economic assistance has been discontinued now that Israel is considered a developed economy, U.S. officials said.

President Bush said last month, after meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, that he was strongly committed to a new 10-year agreement that would increase U.S. assistance “to meet the new threats and challenges [Israel] faces.” Washington has long promised to help Israel sustain a so-called “qualitative military edge” over other major powers in the region.

Rice is expected to announce Monday that, after her Middle East trip, Undersecretary of State R. Nicholas Burns will finalize the agreements with Israel and Egypt.

Research editor Alice Crites contributed to this report.

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11 Comments on “U.S. Planning to Sell Advanced Weapons Technology to Persian Gulf States”

  1. Tammi Says:

    “We want to convince Congress to continue our tradition of military sales to all six” states, the senior administration official said. “We’ve been helping Gulf Arabs for years, and that needs to continue.”

    Umm … why?

  2. Ronin Says:

    Tammi,

    Muslim kill more Muslims than anyone else. We need to keep the weapons and ammo flowing.

  3. Ronin Says:

    I should have mentioned a 25 million dollar jet with 1/2 million dollars worth of armaments and a five dollar pilot is not much of a threat.


  4. “Unfortunately, this will leave Israel in a precarious situation, as new technology in the hands of Arabs tends to destabilize the Gulf region more than usual.”

    Bullcrap! The US will never sell the Arabs any weapons that really work! As for Israel, well, we need to send them to the dark ages too… our tax money is only helping them do is .. well, see for yourself: http://attendingtheworld.wordpress.com/not-so-cool-facts-about-israel/

  5. Ronin Says:

    ATW you are an either an idiot or a liar. We do not have two different groups of weapons the ones that work and ones that do not. The difference is Islam, the Jews are warriors they always have been. For 1400 years, the minions of Islam have attacked them and the Israelis fought them off. Muslims are cowards, thieves and opportunists. We sell them weapons to defend themselves not from Israel but from other Muslims. Israel doesn’t invade Muslim countries but 1.3 billions Muslims are terrified of them. The biggest killers of Muslims are other Muslims, not Jews or Americans-Muslims. Want to know why? They are cowards and afraid of anyone who can stomp them. Killing other Muslims makes them fell powerful.

    I have helped train Muslims- they suck. Leaders are picked because of status and not ability. If the Jews had any brains, they would have nuked them all long ago. Sorry for the rant but they disgust me.

  6. Infidel Parrot Says:

    Ronin,
    It’s OK buddy, you can go ahead tell us how you REALLY feel…lol.

    ATW,
    Gotta agree with Ronin and put up the BS flag on your comment. We’ve sold Muslim nations billions of dollars of previous-gen weapons systems over the last thirty or so years. It’s the same stuff that we used to use.

    I have very mixed feeling on this deal. Since when are Egypt and Saudi Arabia pro-US countries? Egypt is quietly fuming over the Israel-Palestine conflict and is most likely smuggling military aid to Hamas in Gaza. Saudi Arabia was happy that we did their job and expelled Saddam from Iraq in 1991, but since then they’ve opposed our influence in the Gulf and eventually booted us out of our bases there. SA is the origin to 95% of all Sunni terrorists at large, including Iraq. All they’ve done about it is erect a feeble chain-link fence in their northern border.

    I’d happily supply all the Muslim-killing Muslims with all they need to do their jobs, but only if there was some assurance that said weapons were not going to be used against me some day. (Remember who supplied Saddam and the Taliban with all their weaponry?) There’s no such assurance. I think Washington’s just hoping that the Sunni Arabs will eventually get their heads out of their asses and take care of Iran. I wouldn’t hold my breath on that. This goes back to the flawed rationale held by much of the world:though most of the world hates us and resents our policy, they all expect us to take out their trash for them.

  7. BuckeyeTom Says:

    Only if we sell them with remote override and triggering mechanisms!!!

  8. tnr Says:

    Let’s think “globally”

    We need to help the Arabs and Moslem countries redesign the whole Middle East…

    The only acceptable result:

  9. Tammi Says:

    I see your point Ronin.

  10. Ronin Says:

    Thanks Tammi, btw I updated our blogroll. We are now linking to your new site. I hadn’t realized you had moved. I really should get out more.


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