Last week, when the US government was shut down for lack of money, the Department of Defense informed the US Congress about its plans to deliver 10 billion dollars of US weapons hardware to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). In case you have forgotten, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates just happen to be two of the world’s top Sunni financiers of global terror.

The US weapons systems slated for delivery include bunker buster bombs, sophisticated Boeing made Standoff Land Attack Extended Range (SLAM-ER) bombs and Raytheon Joint Standoff Weapons (JSOW) cruise missiles. These weapons systems —for the first time in history—will provide Sunni Islamist monarchies US made F-15’s and F-16’s with the power to destroy ground targets from as far away as 100 kilometers.

There is no denying that prior to 911, Sunni Islamists (Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the UAE) were long time customers of the US Defense establishment. After Islamist financed Al- Qaeda terrorists attacked America on September 11, 2001, the Bush administration, understandably scaled back its defense department contracts with Saudi Arabia and other countries long suspected of providing financial support to Islamist terror. Since 2010, President Obama’s Department of Defense has eagerly pursued—with little opposition from Congress—new historic Middle Eastern arms deals.

If you are wondering why the Republicans and Democrats—who have 30 days to protest this deal—will more than likely acquiesce to Defense Secretary Chuck Hegel’s plan, look no further than Boeing and Raytheon.

Since the last election cycle, Boeing donated $3.46 million and Raytheon gifted $3.53 million dollars to the campaign funds and PACS maintained by both Democrat and Republican candidates. In 2012, Boeing spent 15.6 million dollars and Raytheon invested 7.4 million dollars to lobby our elected representatives in Washington D.C.

According to the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) —supposedly founded on a tradition of cooperation between the United States and other sovereign nations with similar values and interests—the weapons shipment to these Gulf States “will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by improving the security of friendly countries that remain forces for stability.”

Like most Americans, I am a little confused about US Foreign policy “goals of stability” versus the violent realities the Obama/Clinton foreign policy has shown in the Gulf region. I am also concerned about our only true ally in the Gulf region, Israel.

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