How scared is Saudi Arabia of the Iran menace? This scared, according to The Diplomat:
A recently released study by defense research company IHS notes that India conceded its position as the world’s top arms importer — a superlative it had held for several years running — to Saudi Arabia in 2014. Saudi spending on arms last year stood at $6.5 billion while India spent $5.8 billion on its needs. IHS predicts that the trend will be lasting. Saudi Arabia, according to the report, will spend $9.8 billion in 2015, accounting for a seventh of worldwide expenditure on arms imports.
Saudi Arabia is a lot closer to Iran and a lot less comfortable with the pending nuclear deal than the United States is, as we’ve noted before. And unlike many of our other allies worldwide, it doesn’t depend on U.S. aid, as this deal proves. They’re rich, scared, and determined.But more, they have options. The Saudis have been cooperating with Israel, the UAE, Egypt, and Pakistan. The latter two would give them the men they lack in return for the money and arms they have. And if the Saudis go on the biggest arms-buying spree of all, Sunni Pakistan has nukes, too.As nuclear negotiations draw to a close, all signs indicate that the fears and options of our allies—and not just Israel—need to be part of any calculations.