View Full Version : Justin Amash: Why are we giving the Saudis $1 billion in weapons with zero debate?

12-13-2016, 12:47 PM
Justin Amash: Why are we giving the Saudis $1 billion in weapons with zero debate? (http://rare.us/story/justin-amash-why-are-we-giving-the-saudis-1-billion-in-weapons-with-zero-debate/)

The United States government has an unfortunate history of ill-conceived arms sales to nations around the world. But it’s our longstanding arrangement with Saudi Arabia that has become particularly troubling in recent years.

President Barack Obama’s latest announcement—that he intends to provide the Saudis with a rushed order of over one billion dollars in new weaponry—should provide the impetus Congress needs to seriously reflect on and re-evaluate the nature of our relationship with this supposed ally.

Last week, I joined a bipartisan coalition of 64 U.S. representatives in sending a letter to President Obama asking him to delay the weapons sale to Saudi Arabia. As my concerned colleagues and I note, “Amnesty International has documented at least 33 unlawful airstrikes by the Saudi Arabia-led coalition across Yemen that appear to have deliberately targeted civilians and civilian facilities, such as hospitals, schools, markets, and places of worship. These attacks may amount to war crimes.”

Despite the seriousness of this allegation, the Obama administration is attempting to push through another weapons sale in a long line of many—this time with a price tag of $1.15 billion. By law, Congress may block any such transfer within 30 days of being notified, but this notification came on August 8—and congressional business was not scheduled to resume until September 6.

That leaves a mere two days for Congress to debate and potentially vote on the sale—a tall order in the House of Representatives and an impossibility in the Senate. While it’s true that the United States has regularly supplied Saudi Arabia with weapons with little fanfare since at least the 1970s, it’s long past time to reconsider this arrangement.
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12-13-2016, 12:58 PM
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12-13-2016, 01:18 PM
dup - http://www.ronpaulforums.com/showthread.php?500688-Justin-Amash-Op-Ed-Why-are-we-giving-Saudis-1B-in-weapons-with-zero-debate