SAUDI ARABIA TO BUY $7BN-WORTH OF US PRECISION WEAPONS FROM RAYTHEON & BOEING | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


SAUDI ARABIA TO BUY $7BN-WORTH OF US PRECISION WEAPONS FROM RAYTHEON & BOEING

As part of the mammoth $110-billion deal brokered by Donald Trump, Saudi Arabia is purchasing precision arms worth $7 billion from US manufacturers Raytheon and Boeing, a media report says. This is in spite of concerns over the toll on Yemen’s civilians.

Raytheon and Boeing are the two defense contractors selected to produce precision-guided munitions for the Saudi Arabian military, Reuters reported on Thursday, citing sources familiar with the matter. The deal is part of the giant $110-billion weapons agreement inked by Trump and the Saudi king Salman bin Abdulaziz in May.

Neither the corporations nor Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to the US, Prince Khalid bin Salman, chose to comment on the precision weapons sale. The Saudi diplomat said, however, that his country will follow the agreement signed by Trump and King Salman.

Under the terms of the deal, Saudi Arabia will take delivery of US-made tanks, artillery, helicopters and light close air support as well as intelligence-gathering aircraft, and anti-missile systems such as Patriot and THAAD. The Trump administration has aggressively pushed for the arms deal, citing the revenue it would generate for the US economy as well as the numerous jobs it would create in the defense industry.

Arms sales to Saudi Arabia have caused widespread controversy internationally. Since 2015, the Sunni monarchy has been waging a war against Iran-backed Shiite Houthi rebels in Yemen, which pushed one of the Arab world’s poorest countries to the brink of famine and left some 4,800 Yemenis killed. Most of the civilian casualties were caused by Saudi-led coalition airstrikes, though Riyadh consistently denied the reports.

Rights groups say coalition airstrikes have deliberately targeted civilians and civilian infrastructure on multiple occasions, indicating that the problem lies in the Saudi-led-coalition’s rules of engagement rather than non-possession of better and more precise arms.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How terrific for the Yemeni people, in light of the fact that these arms are going to be used to continue the two year-plus Saudi Arabian-led, US militarily-enabled genocide in Yemen, courtesy of the Butcher of Yemen, AKA Prince Salman, which is looking something like this, these days:

Images: Yemeni children killed and maimed for life from Saudi bombing runs.

Images: Yemeni chidren dying from malnutrition

Images: Yemeni children dying of cholera

In your names, folks, and with your tax dollars; how does that make you feel?!? Are you proud to be an American, whose country is colluding in war crimes with the Saudi government and military?!?

Because as an American citizen, I am, very honestly, morally outraged to be a citizen of a country which enables, and endorses war crimes against innocent civilians!!

I am honestly amazed that Prince Salman has not yet ordered a complete saturation/carpet bombing of Yemen, so that not one Yemeni individual is left standing. But perhaps he as "saved" that tactic as the next one for Yemen.

I am absolutely confident that both Sec Def Mattis and President Trump would sign off on it, and immediately, in a "Larry the Cable Guy" Get "Er Done!" kind of way.

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