Backstory: U.S. Weapons Sales

Thursday, September 23, 2010

The United States Congress is poised to approve a major weapons sale to Saudi Arabia valued at over $60 billion, making it the largest arms sale in history. On today’s Backstory segment, William Hartung, director of the Arms and Security Initiative at the New America Foundation, examines the deal, its political implications, and how the United States came to be the largest weapons dealer in the world.


William Hartung

Comments [4]


Yes, massive US arms sales to the Muslim countries is always a "back story" whereas US aid to ISrael is always front page news.

Sep. 23 2010 01:40 PM
Mr. Bad from NYC

How about the obvious purpose of rearming Saudi Arabia in the event of the total collapse of Iraq? If Iraq does dissolve into anarchy Iran and Iraq will be fighting each other in the ruins.

Sep. 23 2010 01:30 PM

Gee, think of all the additional jobs the US could have created in 1940, while Britain was under the Blitz, if in addition to giving aid to Britain we had also sold twice as much arms to the Germans as well!
The US gives aid to Israel, while selling more than twice as much arms to its enemies and adversaries.

Sep. 23 2010 01:30 PM

I'm happy finally to get to listen to a piece about huge US arms sales to Israel's enemies, as it is usually US military aid to Israel which is mostly what Americans get to hear about.

Sep. 23 2010 01:10 PM

Leave a Comment

Email addresses are required but never displayed.

Get the WNYC Morning Brief in your inbox.
We'll send you our top 5 stories every day, plus breaking news and weather.