The Obama administration has announced plans to sell $53 million worth of military equipment to Bahrain just months after the Gulf state brutally cracked down on Shiite protesters. The proposed sale includes bunker buster missiles, armored vehicles and wire-guided missiles.Words are empty when your actions don't match up. For the past three years, Nobel Peace Prize recipient Barack Obama has talked a good game about his "audacious hope" for a peaceful world. But how can a US President promote peace by arming much of the world with advanced and sophisticated weaponry?
~ from U.S. to Sell Bahrain $53 Million in Military Equipment Following Brutal Crackdown via Democracy Now! ~
The United States consolidated its domination of a shrinking global arms market in 2010, signing 21.3 billion dollars in new weapons orders with foreign countries, according to the latest edition of an annual report on conventional weapons transfers by the Congressional Research Service (CRS).
Washington's total actually marked a slight decline in orders from 2009. But, because total global arms sales last year fell sharply – nearly 40 percent – from their 2009 level of 65 billion dollars, the U.S. market share rose steeply, from 35 percent in 2009 to nearly 53 percent in 2010.
The U.S. also ranked first in the value of actual arms deliveries in 2010, supplying foreign clients with some 12 billion dollars worth of weapons, or more than a third of the 35 billion dollars in global arms deliveries last year, according to the report. It was the eighth year in a row that Washington led the world in global arms deliveries.
~ from U.S. Consolidated Domination of Global Arms Market in 2010 by Jim Lobe ~
How can he have ANY hope for a peaceful resolution in Bahrain, if he sends the very arms that will be used to put down the mostly peaceful protests?
It's pure greed and an unhealthy dose of insanity!!!