Saturday, July 28, 2007

U.S. Voices Frustration With Saudis' Role in Iraq yet set to offer them huge arms deal to counter Iran and further destabilize middle east!

U.S. Voices Frustration With Saudi Role in Iraq, set to offer them huge arms deal to counter Iran anyway to further destabilize the middle east!

Those of you that follow my coverage of events in Iraq and the middle east know I unequivocally expect the entire middle east to be embroiled in Bush's caused middle east breakdown and that it will pit Saudi Arabia led Sunni against Iran led Shiite as they each pursue their new order while Bush insists on staying in their civil war until he can find an excuse to attack Iran and further his version.

The Shia-Sunni divide has existed from the dawn of Islam, but the geographical and ethnic isolation of non-Arab Shiite Iran, together with Sunni Arab countries' dominance of their Shia minorities, mostly kept this rivalry in the background. These tensions further receded in the tide of the "Islamization" created by the Iranian revolution, for in its wake Arabs' sectarian identity as Sunni was pushed further into the background as a generalized "Islamic" assertiveness appeared.

That all changed when Al Qaeda, a Sunni terrorist force that draws heavily on Saudi Wahabbi ideology and personnel, launched its attacks on America in September 2001.

A specifically Sunni brand of militant Islam was now on the march. When the United States initiated wars on both the Sunni Taliban in Afghanistan and the Sunni Iraqi regime, this new radical Sunni strain became even more emboldened. Bush messed Up!!!

In Sunni eyes, the Shia dominate the oil-rich areas of Iran, Iraq, and the eastern region of Saudi Arabia and are attempting to usurp the role of "protector" of the central dream of all Arabs. It is because the Saudi royal family derives its legitimacy from a strict form of Sunni Islam and doubts the loyalty of the Shia population that the Kingdom is taking action. Ironically, it is America, Saudi Arabia's longtime protector, which made Shia empowerment possible by overthrowing Saddam Hussein and bringing Shiite parties to power in Iraq. The Bush administration seems to recognize what it has done; as the Shia arc rises in the east of the Arab Muslim world, the US is attempting to strengthen its protection of the Sunni arc - Egypt, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia - in the region's west. Israel, the once implacable enemy of the Arab cause, now seems to be slotted into this defensive structure. Too late!

Knowing Iran is behind much of what is happening in the middle east more specifically Iraq and that I for a long time have been convinced that Saudi Arabia whoever it is there, is behind much of what the Sunni is doing in Iraq, I was happy to hear yesterday that Bush administration officials are voicing increasing anger at what they say has been Saudi Arabia's counterproductive role in the Iraq war.

They say that beyond regarding Mr. Maliki as an Iranian agent, the Saudis have offered financial support to Sunni groups in Iraq and they have proof. Of an estimated 60 to 80 foreign fighters who enter Iraq each month, American military and intelligence officials say that nearly half are coming from Saudi Arabia and that the Saudis have not done enough to stem the flow. Officials in Washington have long resisted blaming Saudi Arabia for the chaos and sectarian strife in Iraq, choosing instead to pin blame on Iran and Syria. Even now, military officials rarely talk publicly about the role of Saudi fighters among the insurgents in Iraq.
I thought that was pretty good that this mis Administration realized that the Saudi's were doing their share in this Bush created Shiite, Sunni, civil war until this morning when I found out that The Bush administration is preparing to ask Congress to approve an arms sale package for Saudi Arabia and its neighbors that is expected to eventually total $20 billion.

The proposed package of advanced weaponry for Saudi Arabia, which includes advanced satellite-guided bombs, upgrades to its fighters and new naval vessels, has made Israel and some of its supporters in Congress nervous. Senior officials who described the package on Friday said they believed that the administration had resolved those concerns, in part by promising Israel $30.4 billion in military aid over the next decade, a significant increase over what Israel has received in the past 10 years.

But administration officials remained concerned that the size of the package and the advanced weaponry it contains, as well as broader concerns about Saudi Arabia’s role in Iraq, could prompt Saudi critics in Congress to oppose the package when Congress is formally notified about the deal this fall.

Unbelievably to me In talks about the package, the administration has not sought specific assurances from Saudi Arabia that it would be more supportive of the American effort in Iraq as a condition of receiving the arms package, the officials said. That tells me Bush is instigating and funding this breakdown too.

By mis Administration officials own admission Saudi Arabia is helping the Sunni in this civil war I have to wonder how much of this military hardware will find its way to Iraq? Also how much of it will our soldiers be facing and maybe killed by?

Realizing that Bush is arming those around the world he thinks will support his new world order efforts I was still surprised to see he has not only reinstituted an arms race with Russia and the rest of the world but is now including the middle east. He wants to fund Saudi Arabia so they can prosecute his new middle east order partially by proxy. I have to believe that as bush's middle east breakdown progresses we will eventually be facing our own weapons. When will this madness stop?

James Joiner
Gardner, Ma


Dar said...

The US government should focus on going after those groups who actually attack the US. It seems other things are becoming a distraction. The president needs the power to attend to that and seek cooperation from (for example) Saudi Arabia without contributing to an arms race.

When will this madness stop? Either Congress or the president can say no.

an average patriot said...

I don't see the madness ever ending. I was just listening to Bush's reasoning to arm Saudi's and ther allies over there to fight Iran.
With the Saudi's helping the Sunni in Iraq it is only a matter of time before those weapons find their way to Iraq and eventually as the entire middle east explodes they will openly be used against us.
This is sheer madness but we are helpless to stop it and it is just starting and will get a lot worse. I have sons in this too.