Weeks after the 28 pages of the 9/11 Commission were finally released, the Pentagon approved a sale of 130 Abrams battle tanks, 20 armored recovery vehicles and other equipment, worth about $1.15 billion to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, August 9.
Details in the formerly classified 28 pages have possibly linked a former Saudi Arabia ambassador and the Saudi government to Al Qaeda. The allegation has not been investigated by the United States government.
Even with the possibility of Saudi Arabia being tied to helping al Qaeda, the Pentagon still sees selling arms to the Saudis as beneficial to United States interests in the Middle East.
Furthermore, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch are attempting to kick Saudi Arabia out of the United Nations Human Rights Council because of the Saudis bombing and killing innocent civilians in Yemen. On Tuesday, Saudi Arabia bombed a potato chip factory, killing nine innocent civilians.
The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency, which oversees foreign arms sales, said that General Dynamics will be the principal contractor for the sale, adding it would contribute to U.S. national security by improving the security of a regional partner.
“This sale will increase the Royal Saudi Land Force’s (RSLF) interoperability with U.S. forces and conveys U.S. commitment to Saudi Arabia’s security and armed forces modernization,” the agency said in a notice to lawmakers posted on its website.
Ron Paul and Rand Paul have been warning against selling military arms to countries, organizations, and people who potentially pose a threat to America. These people, countries, and organizations could potentially use the arms we sell to them against the United States. The possible link of Saudi Arabia to terrorist organizations has not been vetted, and Saudi Arabia has not proven they will stop killing innocent civilians. Our foreign policy decisions need to be addressed.