US To Announce $110 Billion Saudi Arms Sale During Trump Visit: Tanks, Missiles, Radar, Cyber Technology

The Associated Press reports:

The Trump administration plans to announce $110 billion in advanced military equipment sales and training to Saudi Arabia this weekend as President Donald Trump visits the country, officials said Friday.

U.S. officials familiar with the package said it would include Abrams tanks, combat ships, missile defense systems, radar, and communications and cyber security technology. The announcement is expected Saturday in Riyadh, the first leg of Trump’s maiden overseas trip as president. The officials weren’t authorized to speak publicly and demanded anonymity.

Much of the package builds on commitments made before Trump took office, although some elements are new. Some of the weapons are designed to help the Saudis in their current conflict in neighboring Yemen where they are leading a coalition battling Iran-backed rebels, the officials said.

  • Will Parkinson

    I feel safer already. :eye roll:

    • Dreaming Vertebrate

      James Woods: Careful! Your butt plug might dislodge!

  • Ben in Oakland

    Nothing like selling lots of guns to insure world peace.

    Did we make a profit from all of this, or was it just more corporate welfare to our own defense contractors and the Saudi state?

    • S1AMER

      Corporate welfare. To corporations that, of course, have sufficient tax loopholes available that they pay little (if any) in taxes.

      (And, no, not all the jobs of making these weapons are here in the good ol’ USofA.)

    • Bad Tom

      Defense contractors made a hefty profit.
      I don’t even need to check to assure you of that.

  • Silver Badger

    Domestic programs slashed or eliminated. Yet we can supply the people deeply involved with 9/11 with more arms. Go figure.

  • I’ll give even odds they did not consult or ask Israel if they were okay with this sale.

    In the past decades, arms sales to ME nations have been a sometimes sensitive issue, no matter the destination, and “check with the neighbors” soon became a common practice.

    • Gustav2

      This was in the works during the Obama administration, so most of the boxes were already checked.

      • Fair enough.

      • That is why my irritation/anger/outrage is not directed at arms being sold to the Saudis but at the fact that trumP will take all the credit, Fox Fake News will endlessly bleat about his amazing business and presidenting skills and the rest of the press will paint a rosier picture of him, cooing about how he is finally (again) acting like a president…key word “acting”

    • Ish

      Israel and Saudi Arabia are allies.

  • Rex

    And to sweeten the deal, they’re throwing in a handbag from Ivanka’s spring collection. It features a cell phone and hand grenade pocket!

  • MikeBx2
    • Rex

      I’m sure he’s tweeted negative statements about everyone he is going to meet during this trip-,including the Pope.

    • Only if “We” means the Trump family.

  • Dreaming Vertebrate

    Bibi: Oy vey!

  • bkmn

    Is this the deal that Kushner reportedly called Lockheed Martin up so they would sweeten the deal so Trump could think he made it better?

    • Gustav2

      Yup, a antimissile radar system from Lockheed Martin

  • TK

    The country where 9/11 was planned…

  • pch1013

    Welp, that’s $110 billion the Saudis can spend on ISIS instead.

    • Bad Tom

      ?
      The Saudis are giving our folks the dough. The Saudis get the guns, tanks, etc.

  • netxtown

    What the world needs now.
    More tanks and guns and missiles.

  • aar9n

    Thank God that hawk Hillary didn’t get elected!

  • OT- Jared and Ivanka sex tape scandal. She wanks him as he says “i’m the best in business”. LOL.
    https://youtu.be/ybYsUJ4XFdo

    • bkmn

      I was waiting for her to say “Just the way daddy likes it” toward the end.

      • I bet they are really like this. Seriously.

      • Snarkaholic

        I: DADDY! DADDEEEEEEEE!
        J: Why do you keep calling me that when you know I hate it?!?
        I: Uh…old habits die hard?

    • another_steve

      “Did you do the Chicken Dance?”

  • another_steve

    I cringe at the thought of the criminal sexual predator representing the United States abroad at the moment.

    I need a drink.

    • Old Gregg suggests Baileys from a shoe.

      • another_steve
      • Bad Tom

        There’s always a yard of ale.
        https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/8d46deffd838ffad54319fe55ae91d8d784803c9c8218b133f95b1bf7a81b8d8.jpg
        And not one of those punk “yards” with a stand! Drink ’till you’re done.

        • another_steve

          I bet the life expectancy of one of those fragile glass things — in the hands of a drunk — is exactly 15 minutes.

          • vorpal 😼

            Our friends here joke that they keep a plastic sippy cup on hand for serving my husband his sixth drink.

            He has something of a reputation for clumsiness.

          • another_steve

            Hear ya. My man can get a wee bit sloppy too.

            Me, I’m a very skilled and proficient drunk.

            When I’ve had one too many, I politely say to friends, “Excuse me for a moment, will you,” and then go to the nearest restroom and pass out.

          • vorpal 😼

            You sound like me, generally :-).
            I’ll be at a party or soiree, and everyone will be rowdy drunk and acting silly.
            At some point, I’ll calmly stand up and say, “I think I should be getting home now.”

            (It’s a whole other matter when I’m sober. I can barely walk ten feet without accidentally crashing into something.)

          • another_steve

            “At some point, I’ll calmly stand up and say, “I think I should be getting home now.””

            Yes… and you don’t then discretely go the bathroom and throw up?

          • vorpal 😼

            I really can’t even remember the last time I threw while drinking. (And ha – not because I blacked out or anything like that.)

            Way back in my undergraduate days, I used to throw up regularly, which I figured was just a way to make room for more alcohol.

            Now I’m more moderate in my usage. When by myself, I’ll limit myself most of the time to one bottle of red wine, and usually less. When I’m with friends, though, since the culture here is VERY alcohol heavy, I tend to let loose and drink a lot more.

            This morning, for example, I woke up with a bit of a nasty hangover after polishing off the kitty’s share of three bottles of wine with a good friend who came by for a visit.

          • another_steve

            Someday I must google (for curiosity sake) the historical research out there concerning the Roman vomitoriums.

            Intuitively and instinctively, I sense they are/were a good idea.

          • Y’all are gonna give us a bad rep… Me? I load up the Vodka I.V. and plonk myself on a bar stool.
            “THE QUEEN IS PRESENT – COURT IS NOW IN SESSION!!”
            Somewhere around 4:am some nice young man will come over and whisper “Mommie, the bar closed 3 hours ago. We’re all done cleaning up, restocking, and now it’s time to throw out the trash…”

          • vorpal 😼

            I have so much to learn from you.

            This is why I need my facebook whallopin’, Mommie Dammit! ❤️

          • Bad Tom

            Optimist!

    • vorpal 😼
      • Bad Tom

        There’s something wrong: the cap is still on.

        • vorpal 😼

          Screwing and unscrewing are what I keep the husband for.

          • Oooo! I’m TELLIN’!

          • vorpal 😼

            LOL I just told him a moment ago (as he was opening my corked bottle of wine for me) and he was amused and approves that message!

        • Lumpy Gaga

          Fake Booze!!

      • another_steve

        Hmm… I know you’re not supposed to drink beer from a straw, but vodka… hmm…

        • vorpal 😼

          It’s only because I couldn’t find a rubber nipple that fit the bottle.

          • Snarkaholic

            Maybe you can borrow Dandy Mott’s…he doesn’t need it anymore.

      • Snarkaholic
        • Joe in PA

          That’s me since the election. Sigh.

          • another_steve
          • vorpal 😼

            This has been me since the election, and will probably also be Sunday.
            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/5446afb920233aad0443c7d1d96996023033dfe587ef865898c443e2000ef17b.jpg

          • another_steve

            I like my underwear better than yours.

            😉

          • vorpal 😼

            I think the last time I wore underwear was 2009.
            Seriously.

          • another_steve

            I have always slept in the nude.

            When I was a twink, my boyfriends found that extremely exciting.

            A long time ago, that. 🙁

          • vorpal 😼

            Pshaw. That picture of you since the election up there =points= tells a different story ;-).

            Sleeping naked is, oddly, something I can’t bring myself to do. I think it has to do with living in Hawaii and all the fun creepy crawlies that come with tropical living. Hubby and I once pulled off the sheet and found an angry, writhing giant centipede in bed between us, and flying huge cockroaches invariably will find their way into your house at some point. Those things are terrifying as they manoeuvre around like a drunk three year old. I got stuck in an elevator with one once and was shrieking like a 12 year old girl at a Justin Bieber concert for what felt like an endless trip up three floors.
            (Fortunately for us, our cat Felix would catch them, eat half of them, and then leave the other half for us to clean up.)

            The geckoes, on the other hand, wouldn’t bother me at all. They were adorable. We had one that lived under our fridge for a few weeks.

            But the idea of any of those crawling across my naughty bits gave me the willies. (Pun only slightly intended.)

            And thus I sleep in shorts and a t-shirt.

          • another_steve

            “I got stuck in an elevator with one once and was shrieking like a 12 year old girl at a Justin Bieber concert…”

            LMAO.

            Love that.

        • vorpal 😼

          I have actually always wanted to try that.

          I like watermelon and expect it would be delicious.

          • Trust me, Che’ – it is. It’s the migraine-sized hangover the next day that will be having you begging for euthanization.

          • vorpal 😼

            Maybe I’ll hold off until my tramadol prescription is due for a refill, then ;-).

        • fuzzybits

          Yay,summer!

        • another_steve

          Excellent.

          I’ve seen people do similar things with oranges.

    • Todd20036

      I’m actually ok with this… if he doesn’t come back

      • fuzzybits

        He should love it there. They’re both good at doing tacky.

  • stevenj
  • Christ I can’t wait for this glorified cock waving contest to be over and for all the compensating men like Trump to be wearing orange jumpsuit or dead.

  • Blake Jordan

    Literally arming and training the terrorist capital of the world, what the actual fuck!?!?!?!?!?

  • leo77

    Great the leading exporter of extremist Wahhabism, supporter of ISIS, and home country to 15 of the hijackers who brought us 9-11, what could go wrong.

    • Max_1

      After their romantic stroll…
      After the all male concert…

      … He forgot his Cialis.

  • Rex

    We should start a pool on when Trump puts his foot in his mouth, day, time, country. You just know he’s going to make some stupid embarrassing statement. He’ll also bring up the election, Hillary, Obama and Witch Hunt.

    • JWC

      He will be in foreign countries. he will be in starnge uncomfortable surrondings So Donny will opt for the familiar How big the innauguration wasHow many Gazillions he won the election by .Tthe million things he accompolished in the first 100 days

      • Rex

        The embassies have all been instructed to congratulate him on his electoral win.

        • JWC

          I could well image If he had a ring he would probably make them kiss it

    • Snarkaholic

      What a great bingo game that would make!

    • ChrisInKansas

      I don’t think I’ll have time to type this response before that will happen.

    • That_Looks_Delicious

      All the countries he’s visiting have been given instructions to compliment him on his electoral college victory. Srsly.

      https://twitter.com/thehill/status/865601965153189888

      • I’ve seen less complicated instructions for dealing with a particular dementia patient.

    • Paula Key

      “So on Air Force One, I talked to some guy. This was only the second best chocolate cake ever – the first being with the Chinese Prime Minister. Anyway, this guy in some kind of military uniform told me the entire history of Saudi Arabia. Normally, it would take days to take in all the information, but I, Donald J Trump, being a genius – only took 10 minutes. I was brilliant. Now, I’m going to meet with some Jewish Saudi Prince and I’ll know everything about his country – more than he does. Great. Brilliant. Me!

    • Mike Solo

      I’m voting for Belgium, as me and partner love Belgium, especially as I’m half Belgian (German dad popped out unexpectedly in Mons).

      And they have the best beer to drink to blunt the trauma of him talking.

    • prixator

      I’m wondering if he’s going to make a comment or attempt a joke about Obama being a Muslim. That would really earn him friends!

    • -M-

      At least once per day that they let him speak in public.

  • Natty Enquirer

    Obama sold $115 billion worth of arms to the Saudis during his tenure. This is nothing new.

  • danolgb

    Remember when they were claiming Hillary was personally selling weapons to these countries?

    • -M-

      This!

  • David Walker

    Dear Mr. Crowned Prince Saudi Arabia Guy:
    Don’t be too happy about the communications and cyber security technology. We can’t vouch for it, even if you have a deal with Russia. Thought you should know.
    Yours truly,
    An Unnamed Reliable Groundhog

  • The United State of America. Spreading death, destruction, and misery, the world over, since 1776.

    #MAGA

  • Lumpy Gaga

    My husband called this at breakfast before the AP: “We’re there to sell armaments.”

  • And NO ONE is getting a cut in commission off the 100 billion!. NO ONE! Perish the thought! No Saudi princes, no Trump administration officials, no Flynn’s, NO ONE! Who can think of such a thing? The idea of wholesale kickbacks does not exist in the Trump administration when it comes to Defense Agreements!

    • Paula Key

      I hope Jared and his family and associates are part of the investigation.

  • Skokieguy [Larry]

    “Jared Kushner personally asked the chief executive of Lockheed Martin to lower the price of a radar system so Saudi Arabia could afford to include it in an arms deal, according to a report by The New York Times.”

    So a US company will be less profitable so the country that funded 9/11 can save some money.

    http://www.cnbc.com/2017/05/19/kushner-called-up-lockheed-martin-ceo-over-saudi-arms-deal-says-report.html

    • Max_1

      Murica first…

    • Lumpy Gaga

      “We’ll put a buck in your ass, it’s the American way.”

      • Skokieguy [Larry]

        I prefer you leave them on the nightstand, on your way out. Is that wrong?

        • Absolutely not. Although I’m surpirsed you haven’t upgraded to a digital card reader yet. I adore mine! Just swipe the card and slam the door behind them.

    • Todd20036

      That’s what gets me. Trump tried to ban immigrants from specific countries because of terrorism, but the country that was the chief architect of 9/11 gets a fucking military discount on more weaponry

      • Chris Baker

        Yup. That’s the thing. Trump campaigned on his Muslim ban, and banned people from certain countries, cause Muslims were bad people, so he said. But osama bin laden was Saudi. I hope all his racist voters are paying attention. But probably not. Wonder how Fox is going to spin this.

    • BobSF_94117

      Well, no, they’ll be more profitable because they’ll have another customer for a very expensive product.

      My question is why Kushner asked if they wanted one when they hadn’t asked for it? Does he have stock with Lockheed Martin? Is he playing favorites with U.S. weapons manufacturers? Does Israel want the Saudis to buy the system?

  • Lumpy Gaga

    O/T: 55yo HIV+ advocate for safe-injection sites dies where addicts go to die, found dead on a pile of used needles:

    http://www.philly.com/philly/health/addiction/Advocate-for-safe-injection-sites-dies-of-OD-in-Phillys-heroin-hellscape.html

  • Stogiebear

    Cyber technology? Why aren’t we selling them Shitgibbon Approved and Certified Steam Technology?

  • Lumpy Gaga

    I wanna see Trump pop a tic-tac and grab a Saudi royal by the pussy.

  • Blake J Butler
  • MikeBx2

    I’ve a feeling that Trump’s extreme base will see this sort of deal differently than they did when the secret Kenyan Muslim was in the White House.

    • I know for a fact it is looked upon as further proof of trumP’s amazing business acumen…completely overlooking (because it was not mentioned on Fox) that much of the “deal” was in place before the orange-utan began flinging feces.

  • ByronK

    On Janurary 17,1961, Dwight D. Eisenhower ends his presidential term by warning the nation about the increasing power of the military-industrial complex.

    His remarks, issued during a televised farewell address to the American people, were particularly significant since Ike had famously served the nation as military commander of the Allied forces during WWII. Eisenhower urged his successors to strike a balance between a strong national defense and diplomacy in dealing with the Soviet Union. He did not suggest arms reduction and in fact acknowledged that the bomb was an effective deterrent to nuclear war. However, cognizant that America’s peacetime defense policy had changed drastically since his military career, Eisenhower expressed concerns about the growing influence of what he termed the military-industrial complex.

    Before and during the Second World War, American industries had successfully converted to defense production as the crisis demanded, but out of the war, what Eisenhower called a permanent armaments industry of vast proportions emerged. This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience Eisenhower warned, [while] we recognize the imperative need for this development.we must not fail to comprehend its grave implicationswe must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence…The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. Eisenhower cautioned that the federal government’s collaboration with an alliance of military and industrial leaders, though necessary, was vulnerable to abuse of power. Ike then counseled American citizens to be vigilant in monitoring the military-industrial complex. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.

    Ike also recommended restraint in consumer habits, particularly with regard to the environment. As we peer into society’s future, we–you and I, and our government–must avoid the impulse to live only for today, plundering, for our own ease and convenience, the precious resources of tomorrow. We cannot mortgage the material assets of our grandchildren without asking the loss also of their political and spiritual heritage.

    • CottonBlimp

      The last Republican president with a conscience.

  • Lumpy Gaga

    O/T: As I consider Drumpf being serenaded by Toby Keith, I am reminded of the single most overdue item (years) I ever lollygagged from returning to the library: “Screen Stars of the Third Reich”.

  • TampaDink

    I’m glad that Barron finished his cyber project, daddy whore bucks needed that to sweeten the deal.

  • another_steve

    Our honorable world partner, Saudi Arabia.
    ———————

    “LGBT rights are not recognized by the government of Saudi Arabia. The Saudi social mores and laws are heavily influenced by Arab tribal customs and ultra-conservative Wahhabi Islam. Homosexuality and transgenderism are widely seen as immoral and indecent activities, and the law punishes acts of homosexuality or cross-dressing with execution, imprisonment, fines, corporal punishment, or whipping/flogging.”

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGBT_rights_in_Saudi_Arabia

    • Natty Enquirer

      Yeah, but they got the oil.

    • Paula Key

      Yet, Saudis abroad often drink and whore.

      • Canadian Observer

        What happens outside of Saudi Arabia stay outside of Saudi Arabia. (with apologies to Las Vegas)

  • Max_1
    • Kind of important evolution here: Until now, they were all just saying this was a national security problem. To say there’s also a criminal investigation suggests pretty strongly they found solid leads on the money laundering and sanctions violations.

      • stevenj

        Di Fi was quoted a few days ago as characterizing it as such: “criminal investigation”.

      • Adam King

        I find it discouraging that it’s a closed Justice Dept. investigation. Mueller has no obligation to make any report or to publicize his findings, just to bring any criminal charges to a grand jury. That may not happen for months, if ever. We need an independent commission.

        • How is this any worse than depending on a just-decapitated FBI and a GOP-majority Congress determined not to investigate anything?

          Yeah, there are more ideal scenarios. A special counsel is better than I’d dared to hope, especially after Rosenstein was on record just last week saying he didn’t think there was a need for one.

          • Adam King

            Oh, you’re right. I don’t think the special counsel investigation’s a bad thing at all–I’m all for it. I just wish we had a more public truth-finding process in addition to it.

          • I do, too, Adam. And I miss “no drama Obama” so much it hurts.

  • Tawreos

    I guess he owed them something for getting him his steak with ketchup.

  • Adam King

    So now the murderous bigoted woman-hating shits can genocide the Yemenis better. The only use I can see for Saudis is to have someone even worse than Republicans to point to.

    • RavennaBonet

      if i am not mistaken under obama admin military weapons were sold to the Saudis ?

      • Adam King

        So fucking what.

        • RavennaBonet

          Oh you are acting outraged when one does it but not the other ? Dude stop being a hypocritical mess … moving on

          • Adam King

            Obama’s out of office. Try to keep up.

      • Natty Enquirer

        $115 billion worth.

  • andrew

    It’s so comforting to see us arming, to the teeth, such a progressive and democratic nation. I’ll bet it makes the people in Israel feel so secure. NOT!!!

  • 5moreminutes*imtired

    Gotta make that cheddar while you can, boys! You’re on a sinking ship!

  • Ernest Endevor

    Thanks, Obama.

  • Gary Ortega

    “Much of the package builds on commitments made before Trump took office” Change the course in 2008 didn’t work out I guess…

  • Dejerrity Mycron

    We really need to close the borders to anyone orange while he’s away insulting all of our allies.

  • fuzzybits

    Not satisfied until the earth is one big fireball.

  • rextrek1

    why don’t they ever USE their Armies to FIGHT ISIS? why do they need all this crap – if they never fight with it ……..

    • Adam King

      They’re busy wiping out Yemen with our approval.

  • remember this, the next time some asshole tells you, “there isn’t enough money in all the world to feed all the hungry children.”

  • -M-

    Taking credit when at most they did a little fiddling around the edges that was most likely irrelevant or counterproductive.

  • Given the profit margins on these systems, that $110B should get them 1 1/2 tanks, a Korean War-era destroyer, a hand-held police speed-trap radar, and a Dell 9010 desktop with Windows XP SP3 platform.

    And since it was members of the Saudi despotic regime who put up much of the funding for the 9/11 attacks, tell me… why are we supplying them arms, again? Oh, right. To piss off Iran.

  • Orly

    And the proxy wars continue.