President Trump appears to be swiftly bending knee to the militarized
foreign policy establishment, as he intends to approve weapons packages
for Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. The two Middle East dictatorships – with a
long history of human rights abuses and violent crackdowns on dissent –
are crucial to the strategy of U.S. military hegemony and the profits
of weapons makers.
According to The Washington Times,
U.S. officials and congressional sources confirmed $300 million worth
of precision-guided missile technology is destined for Saudi Arabia,
while Bahrain will get a multibillion-dollar F-16 deal. All is ready to
go, awaiting clearance from the Trump administration.
“These are significant sales for key allies in the Gulf who are
facing the threat from Iran and who can contribute to the fight against
the Islamic State,” an anonymous official remarked. “Whereas
the Obama administration held back on these, they’re now in the new
administration’s court for a decision — and I would anticipate the
decision will be to move forward.”
Bahrain, a small but oil-rich country strategically located in the Persian Gulf, is home to the U.S. 5th fleet and Central Command. As we reported
in Dec. 2015, Bahraini security forces have cooperated with ISIS, and
several ISIS recruits have come directly from Bahrain’s military.