Legislation to Stop Saudi Arms Deal Fails
In a vote in the US Senate on Tuesday, a resolution that would have blocked President Donald Trump’s “largest single arms deal in US history” to Saudi Arabia was shot down.
Though the vote was closer than expected, the 47-53 vote sealed the fate of the resolution led by Senators Rand Paul (R-KY) and Chris Murphy (D-CT), which would have blocked $510 million of precision-guided munitions of the $110 billion arms sale.
Both senators say that a majority of Americans do not want to see the US sell arms to a country where they could be potentially misused.
“I think when you look at it too, if you look at the vote today and you were asked the same question to voters in Connecticut or Kentucky,” said Senator Paul, who pointed to a recent YouGov poll that showed only 10 percent of Americans view Saudi Arabia as a friendly country. “I think our position would win overwhelmingly.”
Keep in mind that a majority of the 9/11 terrorists were from Saudi Arabia and that the Saudi embassy was connected to the 9/11 hijackers. For more on the Saudi/Iran connection to 9/11, see Larry Kelley’s articles here, here and here. Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, a senior member of the Saudi monarchy, pledged $32 billion to advance the islamization of America.
Paul also said most people aren’t aware of the US involvement in the Middle East, specifically Yemen, even going so far as to say the Senate hasn’t discussed much what is taking place in Yemen, something that the should have been in the process on under our Constitution, but apparently, were MIA on.
“A lot of people don’t realize the depth of the humanitarian crisis nor do they realize how much America is involved in that war,” he said.
“Remember we have troops on the ground in Yemen — we have an increasing number of troops on the ground inside Syria,” Senator Murphy told reporters. “And so I think that standing with the Saudis and continuing to support military escalation in the Middle East is probably a political loser for a lot of our colleagues.”
Murphy also added that while the vote didn’t go their way, it “displays the growing discomfort that the U.S. Senate has in the current Saudi policy.”