Is The U.S. On The Way to a Weapons Deal With Saudi Arabia?
September 13, 2010
U.S. (ChattahBox) – President Barack Obama is planning to announce a $60 billion weapons deal that would see us giving advanced military aircraft to Saudi Arabia, and perhaps billions more in antimissile and naval upgrades that would bulk up their military and defense capabilities significantly.
The deal could create tends of billions in initial revenue, as well as an immediate connection with a major Arab nation in a time of great tension between the Western and Arab worlds.
There is expected to be very little fight from Congress on the deal, surprisingly, though there may be some restrictions placed on the purchases, or changes in amounts. As it stands there are hundreds of jets and helicopters on the table, with coming upgrades to naval and other military weapons, and possible future purchases once the initial deal is struck.
Because of the billions of dollars that will be gained, plus the projection of at least 75,000 jobs being created, the deal will probably be supported across the board. However, there will likely be some backlash from citizens, who will be leery about establishing an arms deal with Saudi Arabia, especially in such a tumultuous time with other Arab nations.