[Marxism] "Coziness with the Saudis is a bipartisan phenomenon"
jonathan.flanders at verizon.net
Wed Jul 14 07:23:05 MDT 2004
The sheikhdom of Saudi Arabia, ruled by King Fahd bin Abd al-Aziz
al-Saud, operates without any elected representatives or constitution
and has been America's best arms customer during the 1990s.
President Clinton has approved $23.8 billion in licenses and sales to
Saudi Arabia since 1993, including some of the most sophisticated
weapons the U.S. produces: General Dynamics M1A2 Abrams tanks, McDonnell
Douglas F-15 Strike Eagle attack aircraft, and Rockwell GBU-15 smart
bombs. Saudi Arabia also buys arms directly from American corporations,
bypassing Pentagon middlemen; purchases include the $300 million upgrade
and support system for the Peace Shield radar system that the country
bought directly from Raytheon in 1998. The kingdom may also make its
next purchase of F-16 fighters directly from Lockheed Martin, much as
Singapore did in 1997. ....................................
On Wed, 2004-07-14 at 08:51, Louis Proyect wrote:
> NY Observer, July 14, 2004
> House Of Bush, House Of Saud–House Of Cusack
> by Rachel Donadio
> Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11 may have focused feverish attention on
> the alleged axis of evil between the Bush family and the Saudis, with
> inferences about their business connections drawn largely from Craig
> Unger’s book House of Bush, House of Saud.
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