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” 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.
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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,Â that have or willÂ Â accompany the announcements ofÂ $60 billion in American weapons to the Â Arabs:
“The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not affect the basic Â military balance in the region.”
It is important to note that when Congress required many years ago thatÂ Â sales “will not affect the basic military balance in the region”, theÂ Â legislation did not establish any specific methodology for making thisÂ determination.
As a result, we have reverse logic: we are making the sale, therefore sinceÂ we are making the sale it “will not affect the basic military balance in theÂ region”.
Now here is the puzzler:Â if $60 billion in American weapons “will notÂ affect the basic military balance in the region” then what does this tell usÂ about the quality and effectiveness of the American weapons?
Could you imagine how the Arab customers would react if they thought thatÂ the American statement that their purchase of tens of billions of dollars ofÂ Â 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 announcementÂ without a second thought.
Question:Â Both the House and Senate have subcommittees that are empoweredÂ to follow these things.
#1. Why hasn’t a maverick member of these subcommittees taken theÂ requirement of a methodology to seriously examine the impact of a given saleÂ Â before the issuing of the “will not affect the basic military balance in theÂ region” statement as a project?
#2. Why hasn’t one of the pro-Israel groups with lobbyists on the Hill takenÂ on this issue?]