Further reflecting the incongruities of US foreign policy, the Obama Administration has followed up on a day of diplomacy with Iran by announcing a massive arms sale to the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.
The initial details of the sale came public in April, and centered on the idea of giving the nations weapons with which to attack Iran. The Pentagon announcement today simply informed Congress of the intention to follow through on the previously reported plans.
Over $10 billion in weapons will be sent to the nations, including warplanes, 1,200 long-range missiles, and 5,000 bunker buster bombs to “enhance any coalition operations the US may undertake.”
The timing of the move is conspicuous, both in that it undercuts diplomatic efforts Iran has been making to improve relations with the rest of the world, and comes amid recent reports of Israel courting the GCC nations, including Saudi Arabia and the UAE, to join them in an attack on Iran.