The US State Department has approved $3.8 billion in weapons sales to the tiny island nation of Bahrain. The Pentagon confirmed the approval and the State Department has notified Congress, who held up a similar sale last year over Bahrain’s many, many human rights problems.
The $3.8 billion sale is almost entirely going to Lockheed Martin, who will be providing 19 F-16V fighter jets, along with substantial upgrades to the nation’s existing fleet of F-16s. Raytheon will be selling 221 anti-tank missiles to go with it.
Sales to Bahrain were supposed to be suspended, as Sen. Bob Corker (R – TN) had threatened to hold them all up until they resolved tensions with Qatar. In the end, however, Congress is said to have signed off through normal channels.
State Department officials insist that the US is continuing to discuss human rights issues with Bahrain, and is encouraging reform. That historically has never really been the case, as the US has largely turned a blind eye to Bahrain’s abuse of its Shi’ite population, viewing it as a cost of getting to host a major naval base there.
Bahrain had earlier today condemned Amnesty International for a report detailing their detention and torture of Shi’ite dissidents. Bahrain didn’t provide any details on their problem with the report, just that they “regretted” it being published.
25 thoughts on “State Dept Approves $3.8 Billion Arms Sales to Bahrain”
Where does “tiny island nation” Bahrain store $3.8 billion worth of weapons? Everybody take some home?
They will be able to supply Sunni terrorists with state-of-the-art weaponry.
Because our corporations tell them.
why cant everybody understand the filthy orange clown is behind all of this corruption? why do you idiots not say anything thats important? he already sold the saudis, 350 billion of war weapons to kill people in yemen and all other places , stop with the clown support, ITS CRIMINAL……..
First of all, why don’t you use proper punctuation. Sentences begin with a capital letter, etc.?
Secondly, if you consider yourself “awake” and the others out here lesser than you, why do you need to name call, is that the way an adult should treat strangers?
Thirdly, what does it prove to name call the president as if you know what is really going on in the WH? A good man may very well be being held “hostage” and under more pressure that you could never imagine.
Offer SOLUTIONS rather then adolescent articulation.
There are probably several very good men being held “hostage” and under more pressure than we could ever imagine.
But there’s no particular reason to believe that standard issue rich whiny establishment northeastern progressive welfare queen Donald Trump is one of them. Occam’s Razor says that he’s just continuing to be what he’s always been and that any momentary campaign promises to the contrary were the usual politician guff.
You are just here to whine and complain and not bring anything of substance to the table. Using the leftist, progressive talking points gets you know where with me, just another cry baby without any intellectual capacity to articulate meaningful dialog.
I don’t care what OR says. Too damn many know-it-all’s out here and not enough SOLUTION oriented people. Everyone has it all figured out but do nothing to help change things.
Only place things can be changed is locally. Attend meetings that make decisions on your life…PTA, School Board, City and County Counsel, anything on land and water usage, and especially anything on Agenda 21 or 2030….Solutions, not keyboard BS.
the clown lied his way into the white house, and he deserves what ever comes his way, dont give me this pressure krap, the corrupt clown hired everything from his swamp, you buttlickers are the most ignorant life on the planet……
punctuation? WTF ? use whats left of your brain to read the facts, yes im awake , you are BRAIN DEAD, you have accepted this fat clown disgrace , you are a true REPUBLITURD……….
Sorry dude but your rude and a name calling fool. BLOCKED
Ignore trolls, this one is a spoiled little sissy that is Ivanka’s hidden sister 🙂
its sad but the only thing that would ever help someone like you is a BRAIN TRANSPLANT, you cant even communicate, like an adult, put your typing finger where it does the most good ,and maybe you will locate whats left of your gray matter , maybe it doesnt even MATTER.
First of all, to you. Did you come on here to play English teacher or to comment? Don’t you think you are rather the pot calling the kettle black? Your own words:
a day ago
Why is cutting and pasting social media rants considered news? I
don’t give a crap what keyboard commandos have to say about anything! Go
back to your welfare diet of Cheetos and Diet Soda and whatever else
you can cram in your soon to be on the FEMA bus mouths.
Incessant ranting and nit picking over inane crap is clearly the proles talking over the backyard fence nonsense.
Those were YOUR WORDS!
You don’t want anyone calling Trump names, but you feel that what you said is okay? How do you account for your own HATEFUL speech? All credibility you may have had, went down the tubes. Talk about RACISM! I will offer you a solution. Educate yourself on other races, or go back to elementary school. How long did it take you to find proles in the dictionary. I could give one word for you, that you most likely will not find in there; but I won’t. I teach kids to behave not act like you ranting and raving. Now please sit down, take a deep breathe, and think before you speak. That is how I train all the children I work with. Your time out begins NOW!
Your blocked profile speaks the loudest for you. Thanks for following me and witnessing that sometimes I get in a bad mood, but often I don’t.
This is very little different from previous POTUS. Nobody made much of a fuss when Saint Barack nicely did the same sort of thing, and also was exactly the same as POTUSTRUMPET in dealing with North Korea. Check out the facts.
the facts are , the clown is way more of an interventionist than even the kenyan, sending missiles into syria, on fabricated lies from the government, on which he never investigated. he is the new criminal -in- chief, war criminal, he is a failure, and should be impeached, now…………..
Never once does he mention that today was done by 15 from Saudi Arabia, and the other 4 from a few other little countries. Yet Trump is rewarding the Saudi’s for MURDERING over 3,000 people in the USA. Trump should just move to Saudi Arabia and maybe they will even let him take his daughter as a wife. He supports them to the point of selling them all these weapons. He is the last person that should be speaking today. A TOTAL DISGRACE! Trump is arming Saudi Arabia so they can attack us AGAIN! He hates immigrants but loves the sick Saudis.
I agree with you.
Daddy, what do you do all day?
I work for Lockheed Martin, my darling.
What do you do there?
I build weapons that kill children in other countries.
How much has each Congress member, “representing” his or her part of the USA, received from Lockheed Martin, Raytheon etc, and how much have they consulted and taken notice of the real Americans who want peace, jobs, education, health care, housing and other issues they make clear in polls?
Everyone will understand this when we start getting hit caused by Blowback.
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