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  1. I hope the Nobel Peace Prize Committee learned a lesson about giving the prize to somebody before they have any idea about what he is actually going to do “for peace”, referring of course to the Prize they gave to Obama.

  2. RE: “Half of that [$66-billion] total went to one customer, Saudi Arabia. The weapons may be used not only in a confrontation with Iran, they could also be turned on Saudis themselves should they revolt against the regime as Syrians have done. Nice to know that U.S. weapons may, once again, be used to suppress the urge toward freedom represented by the Arab Spring movement.” ~ R.S.

    MY COMMENT: And it’s not just U.S. weapons that might be used to suppress the urge toward freedom represented by the Arab Spring movement. “Membership has its privileges!”

    SEE: “German tank deal with Saudi Arabia in spotlight after ‘riot control’ demonstration video emerges”, By Matthew Day, The Telegraph, 7/08/11
    A contentious German arms deal to sell hundreds of battle tanks to Saudi Arabia has sparked fresh controversy after a demonstration video emerged showing one of the formidable armoured vehicles being used to suppress rioting civilians.

    The video, highlighting the versatility of Germany’s 62-ton Leopard tank, shows the vehicle taking on rioters armed with sticks, and bulldozing a car out of the way. A voice-over claims the tank can carry a water cannon.
    The video has further fuelled criticism of Berlin’s decision to sell 200 Leopards to Saudi just weeks after the Middle Eastern kingdom used armoured vehicles to help crush pro-democracy demonstrations in neighbouring Bahrain.

    Critics of the deal claim it breaks a 20-year convention prohibiting the export of weapons to countries with questionable human rights records, and have accused the government of hypocrisy, arguing the export of main battle tanks to one of the region’s most repressive states counters Berlin’s support for the Arab pro-democracy movements.
    b>So far Berlin has remained tight lipped over the sale, refusing to comment other than to say details remain classified owing to secrecy laws. . .

    SOURCE – http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/germany/8625733/German-tank-deal-with-Saudi-Arabia-in-spotlight-after-riot-control-demonstration-video-emerges.html

    ALSO SEE: “Israel Okayed German tank sales to KSA”, By Press TV, 10/22/11

    [EXCERPT] Germany approved selling tanks to Saudi Arabia after Israel reportedly permitted Berlin to supply heavy arms to an Arab government for the first time.
    In early 2011, the German government asked Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s opinion on the matter
    , German magazine Der Spiegel said in an article.
    “Israel had no objections at that point. Contacts between Jerusalem (al-Quds) and Riyadh had improved in the preceding years, with Saudi Arabia becoming one of Israel’s most important allies in combating Iran’s nuclear program. The United States government also signaled its approval,” the article* said.
    According to the German defense policy, no government is allowed to sell military equipment to an Arab state due to Israel’s security interests.
    In early July, Der Spiegelrevealed that German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her cabinet approved the delivery of more than 200 of Leopard 2A7+ model tanks to Saudi Arabia. . .

    SOURCE – http://www.presstv.ir/detail/206006.html

    * DER SPIEGEL ARTICLE: “Tank Exports to Saudi Arabian Signal German Policy Shift”, By By Holger Stark, Der Spiegel, 10/14/11
    LINK – http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/the-merkel-doctrine-tank-exports-to-saudi-arabian-signal-german-policy-shift-a-791380-2.html

  3. Not that they spend a motza on weapons, no, but they are proving to be very canny about what they buy e.g. those new super-dooper F-15s, when everyone else is hanging out for the Real Soon Now Only A Few Minor Bugs To Iron Out F-35.

    After all, what if Lockheed can’t make the F-35 work as advertised?
    Or what if that program is delayed by five (or more) years?

    Answer: The Saudi’s will have a fleet of state-of-the-art F-15s, while the Israelis will be stuck with last-generation F-15s.

    What happens to the IDF’s “qualitative edge” then?

    Does Netanyahu ring up the Congress and tell them to slap an embargo on delivery?
    Does he ring up Boeing demanding the same planes, only he wants ’em for free?

    The F-35 program doesn’t have to slip much more than it already has and Israel will be faced with the prospect of having only the second-best airforce in the region.


  4. “We’ve helped our struggling economy…”

    If you don’t mind my asking, what does the ‘average Joe’ get out of this?

    It’s time for the House of Saud to meet Hosni Mubarak’s fate.

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