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article imageOp-Ed: U.S. sells 84 fighter jets to Saudi Arabia

By Lynn Herrmann     Dec 29, 2011 in Politics
Honolulu - The big announcement from vacation headquarters in Hawaii, where President Barack Obomba is lounging, is a $30 billion sale of fighter jets to Saudi Arabia, no doubt to be used in the aftermath of escalating war drum beats from the United States.
As America readies for its latest war, this one destined for total failure, the Obama administration announced on Thursday the sale is all about job creation and “sovereignty.”
Part of a $60 billion arms deal over a 10-15 year period, the sale involves 84 Boeing F-15 jets being sent to the oil-rich nation, as well as the upgrade of 70 Saudi F-15s currently in existence.
Speaking from Washington, while his boss was busy working on a tan line, senior state department official Andrew Shapiro said the announcement will send “a strong message to countries in the region that the United States is committed to stability in the Gulf and broader Middle East,” BBC reports.
Announcement of the sale comes at a time when the U.S., with its tail tucked, left Iraq in a shambles, and like an undisciplined pit bull, searches for its next victim. 

“It will enhance Saudi Arabia's ability to deter and defend against external threats to its sovereignty,” Shapiro added.
Since the U.S. had one of its drones recently infiltrated by Iran, after the Middle East country discovered it flying in its own airspace, the American version of “Let’s Play War” has taken on a nasty note. With the likes of Defense Secretary Leon Panetta blowing on the war horn, saying Iran’s efforts to build a nuclear weapon is a “red line” which should not be crossed, and with America’s mainstream media sucking on that war horn, there is little doubt military testosterone is flowing freely once again. Iraq seems so distant.
America would do well to remember that, unlike Iraq, with Iran we will be dealing with a non-decimated air force.
Meanwhile, and with no desire to be outdone by his Washington counterpart, White House deputy spokesman noted, as he was holding the umbrella over Obama, the sale will support more than 50,000 U.S. jobs. The new jets will be manufactured by Boeing.
In addition to the F-15s, the $60B package to Saudi Arabia includes Apache attack helicopter and Black Hawk helicopters. Also part of the Christmas packages are a variety of missiles, bombs and associated delivery systems.
The news comes at a time when most Americans are busy with the holidays and eagerly await their return to normalcy, which comes in four days, just in time for the Iowa caucuses.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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