Really, why are we selling Saudi Arabia weapons?  I know the first answer…they are our ally in the middle east.  But wait, consider the abuse of Boeing/BISS employee, U.S. veteran, Robin Petersen, and others who were/are being held captive by the Saudi government, as if they were indentured servants, rather than U.S. citizens who accepted employment with a subsidiary of the mega-corporation, Boeing?  Hey all of you normally vociferous advocates for human rights and torch carriers against governments who commit human rights violations and persecute certain groups of people within their grasp – where are you now?  Is it right for the U.S. to service and provide for those who abuse U.S. citizens, (and loyal U.S. veterans)?  GFS


Pentagon plans $60 billion weapons sale to Saudi Arabia

By Dana Hedgpeth
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, October 21, 2010; 12:58 AM

The Defense Department has notified Congress that it wants to sell $60 billion worth of advanced aircraft and weapons to Saudi Arabia. The proposed sale, which includes helicopters, fighter jets, radar equipment and satellite-guided bombs, would be the largest arms deal to another country in U.S. history if the sale goes through and all purchases are made.

Congress has 30 days to review the sale before the Pentagon and the weapons makers go into more detailed contract discussions with Saudi Arabia. Congress is expected to review the deal when it is back in session after the elections.

The arms package includes 84 new F-15 fighter jets and upgrades to 70 more F-15s that the Saudis already have, as well as three types of helicopters: 70 Apaches, 72 Black Hawks and 36 Little Birds. Saudi Arabia would also get versions of a satellite-guided “smart bomb” system, plus anti-ship and anti-radar missiles.

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