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Obama to authorise record $60bn Saudi arms sale

Original post made by Sharon, Midtown, on Sep 16, 2010

Wow the biggest arms sale in US history!

"Barack Obama is to go ahead with plans to sell Saudi Arabia advanced aircraft and other weapons worth up to $60 billion, the biggest arms deal in US history, in a strategy of shoring up Gulf Arab allies to face any military threat.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the administration is also in talks with the Saudis about possible naval and missile-defense upgrades that could be worth tens of billions of dollars more over five to 10 years.--

The Saudis will buy as many as 84 new F-15 fighters,
upgrade 70 more,
and purchase three different types of helicopters –
70 Apaches, 72 Black Hawks and 36 Little Birds, the Wall Street Journal reported.
The administration plans to tout the $60 billion package as a major job creator—supporting at least 75,000 jobs, according to estimates—Web Link

How much of that will be spent in the local economy?--quite a bit actually!

Good move by Obama, though the deal has, in fact, been in the works since 2006.

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Posted by Sharon
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 16, 2010 at 9:22 pm

We sold the RSA a huge amount of fire power-- and they paid with their OWN money--$140 Billion --- plus-- in the next 5 years.
That is a lot of money--some of it will come to PA IT defense contractors-- but what is the larger strategy in this deal?

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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 17, 2010 at 3:19 am

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We should put women in charge of all negotiations and instructions for this equipment.

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Posted by Paul
a resident of Downtown North
on Sep 17, 2010 at 11:43 am

This is how we get back some of that money we've been paying the Saudis for oil to fuel Hummvees and Escalades.

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Posted by Sharon
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 17, 2010 at 1:29 pm

It was our choice to buy Hummvees and Escalades and the Governator himself was pushing Hummvees a few years ago.

Re KSA--- it the joint venture ARAMCO there we many female executives on the US team-- they were merely asked to wear a headscarf when out on the street--- in meetings they were treated the same as the male executives.
KSA has its own culture and values that will evolve over time-- the Muslim world is going through what the Christian world went through prior to the Christian Enlightenment--the balance of Faith and Reason.
The Christian Enlightenment led directly to the founding of the USA and our Constitution----
unfortunately it also led to the French Revolution and the Reign of Terror---
AQ are the new Jacobins.
The current demonization of Muslims by the Know Nothings in the US just helps the Jacobins in the internal struggle in the Muslim world.

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Posted by geez
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Sep 18, 2010 at 7:45 am

Per Sharon "The Christian Enlightenment led directly to the founding of the USA and our Constitution----

unfortunately it also led to the French Revolution and the Reign of Terror---"

yep..truly horrible, that overturning of the tyrants in France. Woudn't want to fight tyrants again, would we? Better just to bow low and kiss their rings. That is clearly the "Know Something" way. We can completely ignore all the victories for liberty behind the former Iron Curtain, as a direct result of that Know Nothing Reagan stance and policies against tyrants. Ya know, cuz THOSE people are so different from the ones you are talking about.

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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 18, 2010 at 8:40 am

Walter_E_Wallis is a registered user.

Sharon - can we see your KSA driver's license?
Rather than nailing theses to a door, the Islamic Martin Luther was nailed to a wall. I am reminded of the story of the British Raj, when an Indian official, discussing the funeral arrangements for a notable, explained that by long standing tradition the wife would be immolated on the husband's funeral pyre. The officer responded "Very understandable. Of course, by our tradition we will then hang you."

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Posted by geez
a resident of Meadow Park
on Sep 18, 2010 at 8:55 am

Walter: I love that example...very good.

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Posted by Sharon
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 18, 2010 at 10:28 am

The story about the Raj is rather hackneyed and stale by now.

Switzerland's women were granted right to vote only in 1971.

A Catholic cannot a be King or Queen in England and any member of the royal family who marries a Catholic has to renounce any future claim to the throne.

It is time to drop the whole Wilsonian fantasy and adopt an America First--- realistic foreign policy.

KSA is paying us $60+Billion--that will create 80,000 new American jobs with many more to come in the future as they buy naval weapons capabilities from us.
KSA could have bought the weapons from Russia, China, France etc-- but they are buying $ 60+Billion of weapons from the USA--that is great news.
The Muslim world is changing---Libya had a WMD program and was funding terrorists---- it has stopped all that and is now a customer for our products and an investment opportunity for our Oil and Gas companies and engineering/construction firms for contracts worth billions.

Demonizing Muslims just creates a self fulfilling prophecy.

Last week Kissinger said we should sit down and talk with Iran, China, India, Pakistan and Russia about how to stop a Taliban AQ Narco terrorist state in Afghanistan---which would be against all their best interests---good idea--Gates started the process last Wednesday when he met for 2 days with the Russian minister of defense at the Pentagon. well done!

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Posted by Sharon
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 18, 2010 at 6:40 pm

Here are some of the Muslim countries and populations who have developed US standards financial standards and in the process of change and cultural development
a long time NATO ally in good standing–fighting with our US troops in AfPak and fulfilling the criteria for EU membership–whether they actually join is another matter
Turkey s a democratic, secular, unitary, constitutional republic, with an ancient cultural heritage.
Turkey has become increasingly integrated with the West through membership in organizations such as the Council of Europe, NATO, OECD, OSCE and the G-20 major economies.
Turkey began full membership negotiations with the European Union in 2005, having been an associate member of the European Economic Community since 1963 and having reached a customs union agreement in 1995.
Turkey has also fostered close cultural, political, economic and industrial relations with the Middle East, the Turkic states of Central Asia and the African countries through membership in organizations such as the Organisation of the Islamic Conference and Economic Cooperation Organization. Given its strategic location, large economy and army, Turkey is classified as a regional power.72.5 million people with ho official state religion but 99% Muslim.

Indonesia– With a population of around 230 million people 86.1% of them Muslims, it is the world’s fourth most populous country, and has the world’s largest population of Muslims.

Islam is second-most practiced religion in the Republic of India after Hinduism, with more than 13.4% of the country’s population (over 138 million as per 2001 census.
India’s Muslim population is the world’s third largest and the world’s largest Muslim-minority population

The USA has excellent trade and diplomatic relation with all three of these countries and they are changing in the right direction — for us.
Then there are a host of smaller Muslim nations like Jordan, UAE, Dubai,Morocco,Tunisia,Egypt, Kuwait etc which are moving in the right direction fast

All these countries, including KSA are huge trading partners and defense allies.
That is the geopolitical and economic reality and deep partnership we have with the Muslim world

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Posted by Finally, an explanation
a resident of Greendell/Walnut Grove
on Sep 18, 2010 at 8:18 pm

Finally, an explanation for bashing Israel at every opportunity.

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Posted by Sharon
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 18, 2010 at 10:30 pm

I do not understand the above post.

We are Americans--we need to put American Interests First--and Americans to work and financial security.
General Petraeus and Sec Def Gates have made this point repeatedly over the last few months, they said our American troops lives are at risk if we do not pursue and America First policy and demand loyalty from our allies-- that makes sense-- particularly if we are paying countries like Israel $3 Billion per year, they need to get in line.
American best interests are in such things as getting a $60 Billion contract from KSA that creates 80,000 new, well paid, long term, engineering jobs for American citizens. We just did!--Go KSA!

These are high tech products that provide jobs for our local economy--$60+ Billion means a lot of well being for American families.

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Posted by Sharon
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 22, 2010 at 9:30 pm

Good news-- Turkey and Brazil have helped us reach a peaceful deal with Iran in NY tonight.
It looks like the common ground is that nobody wants a Narco Terrorist state in Afghanistan and Iran wants to trade with the US.
Good outcome for the USA.
Jaw Jaw Jaw is better than War War War-- as Churchill said

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