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NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Bush administration is preparing to ask Congress to approve arms sales totaling $20 billions over the next decade for Saudi Arabia and its neighbors, The New York Times reported in Saturday editions. 07/28/2007

Questions that need to be asked, and need to be answered:

  • Who will profit from this arms sale?
    Answer: Our US arms manufacturers.
  •  Who are they and what ties do they have with the Bush Administration?
  • Arenít they making enough profits off of this, so called, War? Do they need more?
  • Who will receive these arms?
    Answer: Government people of those countries, who will sell them for their own profit.
  • Where will they be stored? Near our enemies.
  • How long before they are in the hands of our enemies?
    Answer: We will know when we see our troops being slaughtered by our own weapons.
  • Where will they get ammunition for these weapons?
    Answer: From our US munitions manufacturers.
  • Who are they and what ties do they have with the Bush Administration?
  • Arenít they making enough off of this so called War? Do they need more profits?
  • Havenít we learned, from all of the past help we have given, that there are people in those governments, who take what we give them and then hold it back from the people so that they can then sell it to the highest bidders.
  • Do we ever track our gifts? Do we try to find out if they are really helping the peoples of those countries, or are they only helping the ones connected to our own government officials, who also profit with kickbacks and gifts?
  • I am 77 years old. When you are 77 you are supposed to be a stupid old man. "What does he know?" If I had lived my life in one place and never met new people and only knew what was happening in the world through newspapers and radio/TV news, I could agree with those thoughts. But, I left home at seventeen ( I occasionally came home for extended visits) from a political family in Pennsylvania ( I am told, my G-G-Grand father was Samuel Hiester, Governor of Pennsylvania in1820 - and, he was a most honorable man.) My grandfather was also in politics and I saw the perks. The whole town was politically corrupt. I saw it first hand. By seventeen I thought that was the way of life.

    I was in the service through 1951 to 1953. I traveled to, (not as a tourist) and lived in many cities in the United States, Cuba, Mexico, the Bahamas and Panama, I saw and met many people and heard their stories. Thus, for me, it is easy to read between the lines. If you could get truthful answers to the above questions you would understand.

    I know I am not the only one in this United States that has these feelings. It is time to stop this insanity. Here is my solution:

    So as to keep the ammunition and arms manufacturers happy and in the money, give them contracts to build farming equipment. I donít mean big agri-business equipment, but home gardening tools, such as; roto-tillers, shovels, rakes, hoes, irrigation pumps, etc.. Ammunition manufacturers could produce seeds (seeds need to be replaced like bullets and they donít kill people,) and bulbs (Organic, not the agri- biz type with the GMOs.) These products to be manufactured only for distribution and aid to foreign countries, so as not to hurt the income of existing companies.

    Many of those people are hungry and starving. Send our honest people (we do have some honest people.) along to see that it goes to the right people and help them to get started using them. It would do a lot for our relationships with the people, that is, if their governments would not interfere or try to profit from this project. And, if some of the tools got into the hands of our enemies, they may no longer be our enemies.

    Also, while we are talking about relationships, let us not forget that if the big businesses who are exploiting those people were removed, our relationships would vastly improve. Many people donít want to hear this, for what ever reasons, but it couldnít hurt.

     
     

    Full Times Story

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Bush administration is preparing to ask Congress to approve arms sales totaling $20 billions over the next decade for Saudi Arabia and its neighbors, The New York Times reported in Saturday editions. 07/28/2007

    Coming as some U.S. officials contend that the Saudi government is not helping the situation in Iraq, the proposal for advanced weapons for Saudi Arabia has stoked concern in Israel and among its U.S. backers, the Times said. The package of advanced weaponry includes advanced satellite-guided bombs, upgrades for its fighters and new naval vessels.

    Senior officials, including State Department and Pentagon officials who outlined the deals' terms, told the Times they thought the Bush administration had resolved those concerns, partly by offering Israel more than $30 billion in military aid over the next 10 years, which would be a significant increase over recent levels.

    Administration officials remain concerned, however, that the package could draw opposition from Saudi critics in Congress, which is to be notified formally about the deal this autumn, the newspaper said.

    The State Department and the White House had no comment on the Times' article, and a Pentagon spokesperson could not immediately be reached for comment.

    Assurances from the Saudis about being more supportive in Iraq were not sought by the administration as part of the deal, U.S. officials told the newspaper.

    The Times said officials described the plan as intended to bolster Gulf countries' militaries in a bid to contain Iran's growing strength in the region, as well as to demonstrate Washington's commitment to its Arab allies.

    But they added that Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Defense Secretary Robert Gates still plan to use their joint visit to Saudi Arabia next week to press for help with Iraq's government.

    "The role of the Sunni Arab neighbors is to send a positive, affirmative message to moderates in Iraq in government that the neighbors are with you," the newspaper quoted a senior State Department official as saying.

    The official added that Washington wants Gulf states to stress to Sunnis that engaging in violence is "killing your future."

    Other salves to Israel in light of the proposed deal include asking the Saudis to accept restrictions on the range, size and location of the satellite-guided bombs, the Times said. The Pentagon is also asking for a commitment not to store the weapons at air bases close to Israeli territory, it added.

    Along with Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates are likely to receive equipment and weaponry from the arms sales under consideration, the Times said