Arms sales

The numbers are almost beyond understanding. Shocking, scary, and symptomatic of everything wrong with this administration.

30 billion – Israel (including cluster bombs)
20 billion – the House of Saud
15 billion – Egypt

and many more billions for other nations in the region. That is the cost of MILITARY AID we are throwing into a regional war zone. To opposing parties. With differing interests.

This follows a fatally late, fatally flawed and fatally organized plan to have Condi meet with everyone in the region and make peace. As Fem Fatales go, Condi is one of a kind. (luckily for the rest of globe) The ringing silence you hear from the region tells you just how believable this administration is there, and for the most part, the rest of the world.

Considering that this administration has never seen a lie it does not embrace, nor an issue that does not look like a nail in need of a blunt, hardened, heavy, wood-handled instrument of pounding, it is little surprise that as part of its “peace initiative” the first thing that they wield and yield is a hammer. A multi-billion dollar, deadly one, at that.

Before our current era, misnamed as the War on Terra, presidents, military leaders and most of our allies around the world, knew from experience that millitary action was the last resort, not the first. Partly, it was due to their horrific experiences in the field. A fine example is an underestimated president from the 1950s. Eisenhower knew just how it felt to have beloved junior officers die in his arms, how it was to deal with thousands of casualties, and how horrific the whole idea of war truly was. He also recognized the growing power of corporate America and what danger it posed if it joined together with millitaristic pols and leaders.

In some ways, what we face today is a confluence of some of the worst events in our history. Newt Gingrich, never someone to admit failure, and rarely able to recognize that someone else’s idea was far better than his, was the first to push the idea that military force was pointless if it remained unused. The neocons who followed in his path took those ideas to extremes never imagined by us, at the same time that they were greatly feared by our founding fathers. Add to that mix a maniac like Dick Cheney, a lightweight virtual illiterate like George, and a bombastic, insulting screw up like Rumsfeld, and you can imagine the result. Except, they managed to hire and promote some incredibly capable and effective staff, people who followed orders efficiently and effectively, thereby compounding the damage to the military, the country, and yes, even to the world.

Most of America now realizes just how badly served we have been by these cretins of corporatism, these dastards of Defense, these ineffable fools who ignored wise counsel at every turn. We see how terror has actually crystalized and become a far greater problem than the most dire predictions suggested (unless you review the 1999-2001 CIA reports which spelled out in painfully accurate detail what an invasion of Iraq would cause)

Therein lies the problem. The foreign policy of our nation is bankrupt, corrupted, illogical and doomed to failure. Like a trapped, rabid animal, the Bush administration poses a greater threat to America than Al Qaida ever did. Even worse, they still control enough of the puppet strings in congress to get what they want – vastly increased foreign arms sales. Who can profit from this misguided policy? Hmm. The arms dealers, perhaps?

We must ask the basic question: WHY? The Muddle West has been damaged by our officious, incompetent, and corrupted policies. Millions now suffer like never before, hundreds of thousands of innocents are dead, and thousands of US lives are lost. And the answer from Team Bush is to increase the amount of sophisticated arms in the region – to competing and unfriendly powers?

That is not just slightly insane, that is rapture-ready crazy.

If only we had a congress with a spine, willing to stop this madness before we make a horrific situation worse. But we don’t. We owe an apology to the world.


  1. Sandra Price

    Thank you Bill. I too was offended by Deja Vu’s comments. I have warned many Jews to be very careful of the Bush Administration as they may not know when to stop terrorism. There is no doubt that most of Bush’s Administration members are Christians. They want a Christian nation and a Christian world.

    I had a woman here tell me America must be Socialistic because of the Sermon on the Mount spoken by Jesus. The whole concept of individual freedoms found in the Constitution does not apply to Americans who are not Christians. I’m not!

  2. Sandra Price

    Rob, I actually teared up with your final statement. We do, indeed owe an apology to the world.

    The American voters are not aware of what is happening in this world of ours. Unless we can get a candidate to sing on American Idol we will never be able to breathe fresh air again.

    Ike was my first vote (I had to be 21 to vote) and I read much of his background and war experiences. I saw that his battlefield experience taught him it should be avoided at all cost. I read all that was printed about Patton at that time and I found a man who actually loved war but was not wanting a war with anyone except the enemy that bombed Pearl Harbor.

    Do we ever learn? Does anyone in the Congress and White House ever think beyond the next election?

    “Rapture-ready crazy” explains it very well.

  3. 124c4u

    Good article.
    You forgot
    3,000,000,000,000 – Iraq

    Eisenhower was a great organizer, planner and diplomat. He might have visited hospitals and given dying men Hearts. He did know what the numbers on the casualty lists stood for. He could certainly match faces to some names.
    But he was never close to the tip of the spear.

  4. jcutler9

    As a retired teacher, I am imagining a situation in which I am supervising the playground at recess, and come upon two groups of children angrily throwing stones at one another. I “tsk-tsk” and tell them to wait till tomorrow and we will resolve the dispute when I bring in a wheelbarrow load of larger stones for them to throw.

  5. Sonorous Pest

    Sonorous pest

    To All those who voted for Bush, I have this to say – I told you so. But you would not believe me, now suffer or IMPEACH HIM, tie him up in so much paper work he won’t recover.

  6. DejaVuAllOver

    More arms to Israel? I’m shocked. The most heavily armed, degenerate, arrogant and sadistic racists of all time do not need more toys to annihilate us all. But what surprises me more than anything are the comments here (and elsewhere)from Christians who apparently can’t read their beloved Bible with the comprehension of a 6 year old. We’ve been financing Satan for a long time; yet those who claim to have moral judgment are the very same who have so much innocent blood on their hands: the so-called GOP “base.”
    I personally will be quite happy when Christ calls these filthy losers to account. Their “wailing and gnashing of teeth” will be music to my ears.

  7. Bill Robinson

    Deja Vu is a bit confused, no, VERY confused as to who is the Satan in the Middle East.
    Considering that he is too cowardly to use his real name, I discount all he says as blatant anti-Semitism. He hides behind Christ allusions, but forgets that Christ was a JEW–one of Deja’s Satans.
    Idiots like this fool are rarely worth the space or time I took to write this, but I could not let his bigotry go unchallenged.
    Re Rob’s article, well, the lead says “Arms Sales…” and then he goes on to say that we are giving these weapons to these parties in the Middle East. Fact are that Israel receives about 3 billion in Arms as a gift and the rest is paid for by Israel. Saudi Arabia can afford 20 billion–it’s chump change for them. Egypt cannot afford anything, but we give Mubarak all that help so he can control the situation and not allow Egypt to become another Iraq.
    All that said, the real truth of the matter is that the USA is the biggest arms merchant in the world. We sell more weapons to more people than all the other nations combined. It is a huge source of revenue for the USA, and one that we cannot afford to give up.
    Unless we left Iraq…
    mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm, now there’s an idea.
    Bill Robinson

  8. Jeffrey B.

    Sixty years after the fact – we – the united States of America are still being held hostage by this self-proclaimed land of the “Chosen people.” chosen by whom? We send millions of millions of dollars to this rogue nation – the REAL problem child of the Middle East – and they send it back to us in the form of bribes (through AIPAC and other lobby organizations) to insure that CONgress will vote to send them even more aid the following year.

    “Because of the long and varied history of the Jews, it is difficult to define a Jew. There is no such thing as a Jewish race. Jewish identity is a mixture of religious, historical, and ethnic factors.”

    Thus, those who might have truly claimed to be of the genealogy of Abraham and of true Semitic origin became extinct as a discernible race, being replaced by the white Khazars of the Transcaucasus, none of whose ancestors, as Benjamin Freedman phrased it, have ever placed a foot in the land of Palestine. (2001 edition of World Book Encyclopedia)

    This causes a serious problem with modern Christianity’s infatuation with the Jews and their “return to their Homeland,” begging the question: How can one return to a place where they have never been?

    Cut the financial and military aid – and let all of these ‘holy warriors’ battle the entire matter out amongst themselves. All of our money, weapons and ammunition in the world – in addition to prayers aren’t going to resolve these millenniums-old disagreements.