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ABC News: Obama "quietly" begins $60B Saudi Arms deal.


Photo Right: Obama bows before Saudi King. Obama is the first US president ever to bow before foreign kings.

Some Saudi Arms deals with the US have been thwarted in the past by pressure from the massive Israeli foreign lobby. This time however, economic advantages are outweighing foreign policy issues.

The arms deal between the Obama administration and Saudi Arabia would be for $60 Billion worth of state of the art armaments. Obama hopes the deals will create new high paying manufacturing jobs in the United States.

From ABC News…

The Obama administration has quietly forged ahead with its proposal to sell $60 billion worth of fighter jets and attack helicopters to Saudi Arabia unhampered by Congress, despite questions raised in legislative inquiries and in an internal congressional report about the wisdom of the deal.

The massive arms deal would be the single largest sale of weapons to a foreign nation in the history of the U.S., outfitting Saudi Arabia with a fully modernized, potent new air force.

“Our six-decade-long security relationship with Saudi Arabia is a primary security pillar in the region,” Defense Sec. Robert M. Gates and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton wrote in a Nov. 16 letter to congress. “This package continues that tradition.”

But some critics are questioning the deal, and the stealthy effort by the Obama administration to avoid a more probing congressional review by notifying Congress last month, just as members were headed home for the November elections. Congress had 30 days to raise objections — a review period that concludes Saturday. With most members leaving Washington today, any significant effort to block the deal appears dead for now, officials said.