Follow the Money

The Black Holes of Pakistan:

Earthquake aid millions spent elsewhere

AFP/ thanks to Mullah

MORE than £300 million ($520 million) of aid to help rebuild parts of Pakistan after the 2005 earthquake was diverted to other projects, a British newspaper has claimed.

The Daily Telegraph, citing unnamed senior Pakistani officials, said there were fears this diversion of funds would put off foreign donors from giving money to help 20 million people currently affected by heavy floods. More>>

” 60 Billion in Weapons Sales to Arabs will Not Change Balance of Power in the ME”

The United States has approved a long list of arms sales to friendly Arab countries in the Persian Gulf aimed at countering Iran’s growing influence in the region.The unprecedented sales could reach over $60 billion in pending deals with Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar.


The largest deal is the possible sale of 82 F-15 fighter jets to Saudi Arabia for $30 billion.

The deal has caused some concern within Israel which is reportedly in a dialogue with the Obama administration regarding its commitment to retain the IDF’s qualitative military edge in the region. J’Post

Here is the boilerplate statement, mandated by U.S. law,  that have or will  accompany the announcements of  $60 billion in American weapons to the  Arabs:

The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not affect the basic  military balance in the region.”

It is important to note that when Congress required many years ago that  sales “will not affect the basic military balance in the region”, the  legislation did not establish any specific methodology for making this determination.

As a result, we have reverse logic: we are making the sale, therefore since we are making the sale it “will not affect the basic military balance in the region”.

Now here is the puzzler:  if $60 billion in American weapons “will not affect the basic military balance in the region” then what does this tell us about the quality and effectiveness of the American weapons?

Could you imagine how the Arab customers would react if they thought that the American statement that their purchase of tens of billions of dollars of  weapons “will not affect the basic military balance in the region” was true?

But they know better.

They know that it is boilerplate language included in the announcement without a second thought.

Question:  Both the House and Senate have subcommittees that are empowered to follow these things.

#1. Why hasn’t a maverick member of these subcommittees taken the requirement of a methodology to seriously examine the impact of a given sale  before the issuing of the “will not affect the basic military balance in the region” statement as a project?

#2. Why hasn’t one of the pro-Israel groups with lobbyists on the Hill taken on this issue?]

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  1. 82 F15s? Now if the ummah decides to do a suicide attack on Israel with the Saudis having 82 pilot martyrs, can Israel survive? Hopefully they would nuke Mecca, Medina, all the major Saudi cities before they are extinguished. The Jews would survive outside Israel and a new world would come. Of course, the Mohammedans see this new world quite differently, so there would be more war.

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