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Friday, May 1, 2015

Obama Creates Middle East Arms Race: Atomic Bombs to Iran and F-35s to the UAE?

As the P5+1 prepares to finalize a nuclear deal with Iran, guaranteeing the mullahs atomic weapons within a decade or less, Obama is seeking to obtain the tacit approval of America's Sunni allies to this abomination, which is intended to cement his presidential "legacy." Iran's Sunni neighbors, however, are terrified by this prospect, and in preparation for a May 14 Camp David summit meeting with the leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council, i.e. Kuwait, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the UAE and Oman, the Obama administration is anxiously seeking to cobble together a package of "goodies" intended to allay their anxieties.

As reported in a New York Times article entitled "White House Looks to Ease Arab Fears Over Iran Nuclear Pact" by Helene Cooper:

"There is not much time left to come up with something. Mr. Kerry is to meet next week with the foreign ministers of the Arab countries to prepare for the Camp David summit meeting on May 14, and he will be expected to foreshadow what kind of package the administration is willing to offer.

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Increased weapons sales could help, but there is a major roadblock: maintaining Israel’s military edge. The United States has long put restrictions on the types of weapons that American defense firms can sell to Arab nations, which are meant to ensure that Israel keeps a military advantage against its adversaries in the region. That is why the administration has so far not allowed Lockheed Martin to sell the F-35 fighter jet, considered to be the jewel of America’s future arsenal of weapons, to Arab countries. The plane, the world’s most expensive weapons project, has stealth abilities and has been approved for sale to Israel.

Defense analysts say that with the balance of power in the Middle East in flux, that could change. One possibility would be to wait three years after delivering the F-35 to Israel and then approve it for sale to the United Arab Emirates — the Arab ally most likely to get the first chance to buy the stealth fighter — which would give Israel a three-year head start."

Now it all makes sense: Atomic bombs to Iran within a decade and F-35s to the UAE to counter an Iranian nuclear arsenal. That should ensure peace and stability in the Middle East for many years to come . . . not.

2 comments:

  1. Spot on.
    Obama's foreign legacy has outflanked one's worst imaginings.

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  2. "...F-35 fighter jet, considered to be the jewel of America’s future arsenal of weapons..."

    "Jewel"? biggest boondoggle in American defense procurement history is now a Jewel? The UAE must be doing cartwheels on such a future 'promise'.

    The F-35 can not deliver bunker-busting bombs, but maybe Hollywood can get another movie out of Stealth technology gone rogue.

    Maybe the May 14 gift will include dvds of "Stealth", "Firefox", and the alternate ending of "Salt", the ending where the nukes go off :)

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