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    This is rather fascinating, we..., 2003-10-13 13:04:23 | Main | "Nobody is talking about dates, and that worries us."..., 2003-10-13 22:13:29

    How generous and great is the wise king:

    tossing this kind of swill out while the Saudi state is issuing death-threats to reformers. It's a rather precious way of saying 'We will end repression of the opposition when there is no more opposition to repress'. The State Department report on this despotic, bastard regime is being delayed until November. I can't help but wonder why:

    In 2001, the kingdom exported $13.3 billion to the U.S., mostly crude oil and other petroleum products. Saudi Arabia remained the largest market in the Middle East for U.S. products, importing $5.9 billion. The kingdom's defense spending "increased by 50.8 percent in 2001, reversing a 30 percent decrease between 1998 and 2000," according to Allied Contributions to the Common Defense, published in June by the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD). DOD's Defense Security Cooperation Agency reported on September 26 that in fiscal year 2001 the U.S. government's Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program delivered $2.03 billion to Saudi Arabia and concluded FMS agreements of another $587 million. Arms exports from U.S. companies in the same period totaled $1.02 billion. Formal military ties included a U.S. Military Training Mission to assist Saudi forces with procured U.S. weapons and a similar training mission with the kingdom's National Guard. An estimated 6,600 U.S. military personnel, mostly air force, and an undisclosed number of aircraft, were stationed in Saudi Arabia.


:: posted by buermann @ 2003-10-13 15:40:47 CST | link





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