Ending Obama’s Middle East Drift
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  • cubanbob

    The influence our weapons sales bring is contigent on not only how good our weapons are but the strings that come with them. Too many strings and the weapons aren’t worth it. Besides the sales are also a way to keep the production lines open to cover the drop in sales to the pentagon. The foreign buyers aren’t that ignorant.

  • wigwag

    I think the article gets it backwards at least for the Saudis. The arms deal gives provides the United States with little leverage; what it demonstrates is that the Saudis have alot of leverage over us.

    From Obama’s perspective, the Saudis have gone rogue. There $12 billion in aid to Egypt (with support from other Gulf Arab regimes) made American aid dramatically less consequential to the Egyptian military. At the same time Obama is asking the Egyptian generals to go easy on the Muslim Brothers, the Saudis are asking for a harsh crackdown. Who do you think the Egyptian generals are going to listen to?

    Because the Saudis have taken charge, Chuck Hagel can’t pressure the Egyptians not to attack the Brotherhood too harshly, he’s been reduced to begging the Generals not to be too tough on the Brothers.

    To make matters worse, it is now being widely reported that Prince Bandar has arranged for Vladimir Putin to visit Egypt before the end of August and that he is coming with a big package of military goodies all to be financed by the Saudis. This makes Obama’s influence over Egypt even less important that it already was.

    Our clueless Cimmander-in-Chief resembles Elmer Fudd more and more with each passing day.

    American leverage in the Middle East is more anemic than ever. What little we have less is disappearing fast.

    That’s what happens when you elect a “community organizer” as President.

  • Jacksonian_Libertarian

    While I agree selling our weapons to allies or potential allies is smart. How selling our weapons to these three countries, whom we’ve been selling our weapons to for decades, is being seen as the Obama administration finally ending it’s diplomatic careening I just don’t see it.

  • Mahon1

    Gee, maybe our influence would be even greater if we had a couple Army divisions and an air wing stationed in Iraq. Of course, that might interfere with the “soft power” that has contributed so much to stability in the region.

  • ljgude

    Personally, I’d take the Egyptian General staff out to dinner to thank them.

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