As Cameron Moves to Sell Arms, Officials Talk Up Regional Interests
British officials quoted in the Daily Telegraph say that the British government is considering a considerable build-up in their military presence in the Persian Gulf region with an eye toward the “threat” they perceive from Iran.
Whether the comments represent a serious interest in such a deployment or not is unclear, as Prime Minister David Cameron is in the region trying to sell weapons right now, and British officials may simply be trying to prove a “interest” in the region.
Indeed, in comments today Cameron sought to defend the sales of weaponry to the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, insisting that the warplanes and such are “completely legitimate” instruments of self-defense and that he is simply trying to promote UK businesses.
The British premier’s visits and the pre-tour goal of moving 100 British Typhoon warplanes suggest the visit is mostly about money, and while Cameron insisted his government will not shy away from criticizing the nations he is selling weapons to on human rights violations, his comments appear to have begun and ended with that claim, and then it was back to sealing the deal.
Last 5 posts by Jason Ditz
- Heavily Dug In ISIS Forces in Libya's Sirte Continue to Resist Offensives - October 21st, 2016
- Turkey DM Claims US Eager to Work With Them on Raqqa Invasion - October 21st, 2016
- Turkey: 18 PKK Killed in Attacks in SE Turkey, Northern Iraq - October 21st, 2016
- Turkey Continues Attacks After Killing 200 Syrian Kurds - October 21st, 2016
- Aleppo's Ceasefire Continues to Hold for Second Day - October 21st, 2016