Oil-rich Saudis have plenty of bombs, bullets, too

Thursday, September 19, 2019
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Chad Groening, Billy Davis (OneNewsNow.com)

Trump and bin SalmanAs war drums rumble in the Middle East, a a U.S.-born Israeli author says Saudi Arabia remains responsible for responding to the attack on its oil fields.

“The Saudis buy billions of dollars per year in weaponry from the United States,” David Rubin says of the famously oil-rich kingdom currently ruled by crown prince Mohammad bin Salman.   

In fact, CBS News was reporting one year ago that Saudi Arabia had emerged as the “biggest customer” of U.S.-made weapons, especially bombs and missiles, during the first term of President Trump.

President Trump signed a $110 billion arms deal in 2017, the story noted, despite accusations the Saudi government killed Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi-born dissident-journalist who was allegedly killed, then dismembered, at the Saudi consulate in Turkey.

Citing a military budget of $76.7 billion, Forbes reported last year that Saudi Arabia’s military ranks fifth, behind Iran, among Middle East countries.  

Military parade“So it seems to me,” Rubin tells OneNewsNow, “that if there is going to be a response -- I think there's going to have to be a response of some kind -- I think the Saudis have to be a big part of it, not just rely on the United States to do its bidding for it."

So what is the United States planning to do? President Trump stated over the weekend the U.S. is “locked and loaded” after the oil field attack, and days later Secretary of State Mike Pompeo flew to Saudi Arabia where he told reporters the attacks are an “act of war” perpetrated by Iran.

Iran has stated that the Houthi rebels in Yemen, who are backed by Iran, have claimed responsibility for the attacks but U.S. officials have called that claim “fraudulent” and say the attacks came directly from Iran.

“They may have claimed responsibility but we know that they're basically surrogates of Iran,” Rubins says of the rebels. “So I don't believe anything that Iran says this. It's clearly Iran behind it even if they didn't actually pull the trigger so to speak."

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