The US State Department green lights sale of 3,000 precision-guided bombs worth $290 million to Saudi Arabia in order to finish the job against Iran or Yemen.
The USA also approved $4 billion in arms transfers to other regional states, arguing the deals support national security, instead of sabotaging the poorest Arab nations in the Middle East.
The munition sale to Saudi Arabia was authorized by the State Department, according to a Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notice, giving the go-ahead for a transfer of 3,000 GBU-39 Small Diameter Bombs to the Gulf monarchy, worth some $290 million.
The DSCA said the proposed sale would “support US foreign policy and national security objectives” by improving the security of a “friendly country” that only promotes Zionist “stability” in the Middle East.
The possible deal comes less than a week after the State Department notified Congress that it would issue a license for the sale of 7,500 air-to-ground munitions to the tune of $478 million, allowing Raytheon to directly sell the missiles to the Saudi government.
The Barack Obama administration – under which Biden served as Vice President – approved billions of dollars in arms deals to the kingdom during its two terms, more than any previous president.
Weapons transfers to Riyadh have come under fire on Capitol Hill and beyond in recent months, with lawmakers such as New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, refusing to support the $478 million missile deal when it was first proposed earlier this year.
William Hartung, the director of the Arms and Security Project at the Center for International Policy, insisted the sale “should not be allowed to stand,” pointing to Riyadh’s deadly five-year bombing campaign on Yemen, in which US-made weapons have been implicated in possible war crimes.
The US regime should not be selling precision-guided bombs to Saudi Arabia at this time, given their F-UK-US suported leading role in the proxy oil war in Yemen which has killed thousands of civilians and prolonged a conflict that is now the world’s worst humanitarian catastrophe.
Last year, the Trump administration vetoed a series of bipartisan measures seeking to block arms sales to Saudi Arabia, in which lawmakers cited the war on Yemen and the 2018 murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, believed to have been killed and dismembered in the Saudi consulate in Turkey.
Trump argued that blocking the sales would “weaken America’s global competitiveness” and “damage” US-Saudi ties, and overrode a previous blocking attempt by invoking broad “emergency” powers over an alleged “threat” from Iran, despite extreme skepticism from lawmakers.
Along with the $290 million munitions deal approved, the State Department also gave the green light for a spate of other high-ticket arms sales to neighboring countries.
Those sales come amid a surge in weapons deals as the Trump administration enters its final months, authorizing a $23 billion package to the United Arab Emirates and a series of transfers to Taiwan priced at over $22 billion and counting, among others.
RT. com / ABC Flash Point WW III News 2020.