Posted by: mulrickillion | December 30, 2011

With $30 Billion Arms Deal, U.S. Bolsters Saudi Ties

By Mark Landler and Steven B. Myers, Dec 29, 2011 — HONOLULU — Fortifying one of its key allies in the Persian Gulf, the Obama administration announced a weapons deal with Saudi Arabia on Thursday, saying it had agreed to sell F-15 fighter jets valued at nearly $30 billion to the Royal Saudi Air Force.

The agreement, and the administration’s parallel plans to press ahead with a nearly $11 billion arms deal for Iraq, despite rising political tensions there, is dramatic evidence of its determination to project American military influence in an oil-rich region shadowed by a threat from Iran.

Though the White House said the deal had not been accelerated to respond to threats by Iranian officials in recent days to shut off the Strait of Hormuz, its timing is laden with significance, as tensions with Iran have deepened and the United States has withdrawn its last soldiers from Iraq. . . .

U.S. Agrees to $30 Billion Arms Sale to Saudis – NYTimes.com

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See also Prince Hints Saudi Arabia May Join Nuclear Arms Race

AP, Dec 6, 2011 –  DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A Saudi prince, in a remark designed to send chills through the Obama administration and its allies, suggested that the kingdom might consider producing nuclear weapons if it found itself between atomic arsenals in Iran and Israel. . . .

Saudi Arabia May Seek Nuclear Weapons, Prince Says – NYTimes.com

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