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US plans $6.7B aircraft deal with Saudi Arabia
Published: 10.11.12, 09:23
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1. Obama Obama Obama¡¡¡¡¡¡¡
NATAN ,   ISRAEL   (11.10.12)
This American Jews than feel Zionist them self{s even when they never had a feet in Israel...
2. This is a actually good for Israel
kuhl_blitz ,   Doha / chennai   (11.10.12)
Unlike the Israeli media which beats the drum that Iran's number 1 arch-enemy is Israel; in reality - Iran's number 1 enemy is Saudi Arabia! They are two different- one is sunni muslim and the other is shia (which is not considered Muslim). This war has been going on since 1400 years ago. So, now, this is actually very good in disguise for Israel as it makes Iran allotting more resources towards Saudi instead of Iran. Hail Obama! He is saving Israel in disguise
3. Why do they buy arms?
Mark ,   London, UK   (11.10.12)
Over the years I have read about arms sales to Saudi, generally top range and expensive stuff. With the sole exception of low-tech use to support the regime in Bahrain I don't recall their ever being used in anger. Do they educate anyone capable of using them? I guess it's mainly a way of recycling dosh back to the West so we can buy more oil. Supposedly these arms are to defend the country, but the most realistic source of attack is likely to be from Al Qaeda - and these sort of arms are not useful against suicide bombers. I await with interest the day when suicide bombers attack the hajj. With their unlimited cash Saudis have much more nefarious influence across the world than expensive toys.
4. Adelson
zivron   (11.10.12)
Adelson the casino king oughtmatch that for Israel
5. Modern Refuiling in Saudia
David ,   Israel   (11.10.12)
Is there some significance to latest refuiling planes planes been put in Saudia? Does this have anything to do with miltary option in Iran either by the US or Israel or both? Does any one know if the Saudi's have a rwal need for their own requirments for these planes?
6. welcome to Obama 2.0
former expat   (11.10.12)
will Congress stand for Israel or do we stand alone?
7. Refueling Tankers
Henry ,   Cavite, Philippines   (11.10.12)
The Saudis will help refuel IAF fighter bombers passing through Saudi Airspace on the way to bomb Iran. This is the new twist in the ever changing politics of the ME.
8. thou shalt not steal
the commandment   (11.10.12)
9. why do they need tankers
zionist forever   (11.10.12)
Once the F15s & 20 C130s have been delivered Saudi Arabia will have the biggest and most modern air force in the Middle East ( bigger & more modern than Israel included ). Considering their only threat comes from Iran why do they need 6 tankers? After decades of requesting tanker sales the US has constantly refused Israel buying American tankers no problem when their only threat comes from next door. I think its safe to say the Obama does as his Saudi masters wants him to do and if they want weapons no matter what they are Obama will oblige. Then again this is probably the first US President to bow down to royalty before.
10. no bbc claims of arab oil producing lobby then?
martin ,   uk   (11.10.12)
11. Candy Crowley has some appetite for benjamens...
Miron ,   USA   (11.10.12)
12. What a disgrace!
Sarah B. ,   U.S.A./Israel   (11.10.12)
We reallly dont care with the US need these US billions or not. We care about the security of israel. This deal should be immediately cancelled and Israel should compensate the US for not getting the Saudi payment.
13. soonner or later
david Fakheri ,   los angles u s a   (11.10.12)
United States and Europe Are Selling Billion of Dollars war equipments to these Governments Of Saudi Arabia, Bahrein, Abu zabi, Emirate to save somehow their bankrupt economy but forgetting Sooner Or Later The Islamic Republic of 80 million population with an small attack on those countries Is Going To Be The Real Owner Of Those War weapons
14. The UK and the USA condemn Syria but....
Dee Bee ,   Israel   (11.10.12)
sell arms to regimes where human rights and civil liberties are non existent. Let's not forget that under the Blair Government and others Libya's Gaddafi was rewarded because of oil and donations tp the London School od Economics and the Scots freed the mass murderer Abdel Basset Mughrabe becuse of oil deals. Human rights are important to Obama and Cameron only if they don't get in the way of money!
15. It's like this...
Chris ,   Florida   (11.10.12)
Persians don't like Arabs. Shiites don't like Sunnis. They have to counter a growing military across the gulf.
16. the deal we all have to worry about is US weapons FSA hands
zionist forever   (11.10.12)
The arms transfer we all need to worry about most is the Stinger missiles Obama gave Erdogan permission to pass onto the FSA. Obama knew Congress would never approve the US giving Stingers directly so instead Obama gave Erdogan permission to transfer American technology in Turkeys hands to the FSA. Some members of the FSA have already talked about joining forces with Al Quaida if the west does not intervene. These people are not an organised army and weapons carefully guarded and stockpiled. Whats Obama going to say when an American or Israeli plane is shot down with one of these missiles possibly sparking a war? Will Obama be willing to say I am president and the buck stops here or will he hold an investigation into why Turkey gave the missiles to the FSA.
17. At least they pay for their toys ;) ,...
split ,   US   (11.11.12)
18. #17
Justin ,   USA   (11.13.12)
You got that right :-)
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