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Saudi Arabia vs. Iran
Scared Saudis Are World’s #1 Arms Importer

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.

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  • dfooter

    Given the billions they will give the Pakistanis for nukes, they should be the biggest for awhile.

    • Corlyss

      The democratization of technology.
      I keep expecting the conniving IRGC to run into span of control issues.

  • Fat_Man

    With friends like Obama, they better be spending money on arms. And they better be training soldiers to use them.

    • johne843

      We no longer have vital interests at stake with Saudi Arabia and considering they’re the number exporter of Wahhabi terrorism, while simultaneously trying to destroy our fracking industry, they’re certainly not our friends!

      • Corlyss

        They never were. We’re not there solely because of oil but also because since 1948, and likely before that, it has been a time-bomb because of backward societies, great wealth, tyrannical rulers, exploding populations, primitive education, and rampant corruption to name a few of the region’s most prominent features.

        “I summon my blue-eyed slaves anytime it pleases me. I command the Americans to send me their bravest soldiers to die for me. Anytime I clap my hands a stupid genie called the American ambassador appears to do my bidding. When the Americans die in my service their bodies are frozen in metal boxes by the US Embassy and American airplanes carry them away, as if they never existed. Truly, America is my favorite slave.” Saudi King Fahd Bin Abdul-Aziz, Jeddeh 1993

  • Andrew Allison

    . . . when a man knows he is [potentially] to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully (Samuel Johnson).

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