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US Senator Murphy-media-many others missing the point. This isn’t an arms sale but building Saudi ability to make its own smart weapons, which can easily fall into non-state terrorist hands, as well. “My resolution halting $500m of Saudi arms sale failed 47-53. But 20 more votes than similar resolution last fall. Strong message to Saudis.” https://twitter.com/ChrisMurphyCT Too late is too late. “Strong message” is worthless.
If not stopped, instead of these swords, the Saudis will be assembling-making smart bombs, Black Hawk helicoptors and more with the help of Trump-Tillerson.
“President Donald Trump poses for photos with ceremonial swordsmen on his arrival to Murabba Palace, as the guest of King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia, Saturday evening, May 20, 2017, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)”
Trump is giving Saudis tech info to make smart weapons. Hundreds or more assembly jobs will be made in Saudi Arabia. Hence the excited welcome of Trump by the Saudis. Some Republican and Democratic members of Congress object, though the Black Hawk assembly is not listed: https://amash.house.gov/sites/amash.house.gov/files/documents/052517AmashPocanBlockSaudiArmsSale.pdf https://amash.house.gov/sites/amash.house.gov/files/documents/HJRes102.pdf
Transfer of technical data and assembly of parts is jobs for…
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