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Multi-Billion-Dollar Arms Deals Could Haunt U.S.

 
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11/11/2010 11:41 PM
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Multi-Billion-Dollar Arms Deals Could Haunt U.S.
UNITED NATIONS, Nov 9, 2010 (IPS) - When the Shah of Iran, a strongly pro-U.S. ally, was ousted from power after the Islamic Revolution in 1979, the stridently anti-U.S. regime of Ayatollah Khomeini that captured power also inherited a military bonanza: billions of dollars worth of state-of-the-art weapons provided by the United States.

The U.S. equipment in the Iranian military arsenal at that time included some of the most advanced jet fighters and reconnaissance aircraft of that generation: McDonnell Douglas F-4D and F-4E Phantoms, Grumman F-14A Tomcats, Lockheed P-3F Orions, along with Sidewinder and Harpoon missiles and M47 Patton and M60 battle tanks.

The U.S. administration's decision last month to sell billions of dollars worth of weapons to potentially unstable Arab nations in the Gulf - including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Oman, Kuwait, Qatar and Bahrain - have triggered fears of possible risks to the United States, if history repeats itself.

The biggest single arms deal – up to 60 billion dollars worth of weapons to Saudi Arabia - has been described as the largest in U.S. history.

According to the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the nonpartisan investigative arm of the U.S. Congress, about $40 billion in arms transfers was authorised to the six Gulf countries between 2005 and 2009, with Saudi Arabia and the UAE as the largest recipients.

Pieter Wezeman, senior researcher in the Arms Transfers Programme at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), told IPS there have been several concerns, most notably relating to Saudi Arabia.

"It is difficult for me to make a proper assessment of the risk that the Saudi royal house could be toppled and an anti-American or anti-Western government could take over," he said.

However, the question is a relevant one, he added, as illustrated by the example of Iran and possibly Iraq in the future.

"Iran still uses U.S.-supplied equipment as part of the backbone of its armed forces," said Wezeman.

In the case of Iran, large and expensive U.S. arms supplies became a symbol of U.S. support for the oppressive regime of the Shah and this could be used against him by his opponents, he added.

"It therefore also remains a question how major spending on arms is perceived by the general population in the Gulf States," he said.

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11/11/2010 11:56 PM
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We've done this continually throughout our immediate history. Selling arms, installing puppet's, dethroning puppets. It's all part of the plan. Keeps the Military Industrial Complex rolling along and keeps TPTB in the $. After all, later, when the shit comes back to haunt us we can always say we're sorry and then sell arms to the new friend on the block.
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11/12/2010 03:22 AM
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well I guess one more thing couldn't hurt.
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Iran could either be deterred or be more convinced of a threat from the United States and its Gulf allies, and therefore divert more resources into the military to defend itself, he argued.

Goldring said the independent GAO has recently raised significant concerns over oversight of U.S. arms transfers. Neither the U.S. State Department nor the Department of Defence (DOD) consistently documented how arms transfers to Gulf countries advanced U.S. foreign policy and national security goals.

Announcing a major sale before these concerns have been resolved is another indication that the Obama administration isn't giving enough attention to the possible short- and long-term costs of arms sales, in terms of regional arms races and instability, said Goldring.

"Business as usual is the wrong approach," she declared


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