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US senators seek to stop $23 billion Trump arms sales to UAE
By REUTERS
NOVEMBER 19, 2020

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WASHINGTON - Three US senators on Wednesday said they would introduce legislation seeking to halt the Trump administration's effort to sell more than $23 billion of drones and other weapons systems to the United Arab Emirates, a showdown with the president two months before he is due to leave office.

Democratic Senators Bob Menendez and Chris Murphy and Republican Senator Rand Paul announced they would introduce four separate resolutions of disapproval of President Donald Trump's plan to sell more than $23 billion worth of Reaper drones and other munitions, F-35 fighter aircraft and air-to-air missiles to the UAE.
The lawmakers said the Trump administration, seeking to rush the sale of the sophisticated weaponry, circumvented the normal congressional review process. They said the State and Defense Departments also refused to respond to inquiries about how the administration would deal with national security risks associated with the proposed sales.

The weaponry involved includes the world's most advanced fighter jet, more than 14,000 deadly bombs and munitions and the second-largest sale of U.S. drones to a single country, the senators said.
 

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The deception and hypocrisy is truly astounding. The UAE is actually frugal and doesn't want to buy such expensive weaponry that it won't use but are under intense pressure to do so by the US itself. It's a form of tribute from a vassal state to its involuntary protector. On occasion Arab diplomats have revealed this to be the case for decades, but it's not openly discussed as it would reveal their helplessness in the face of US pressure. And so the same US press, in order to humiliate further, denounce the very purchase they know they are forcing on the UAE in the first place.

This is also how the US treats Pakistan - accusations of terrorism even as we provide land, sea, and air access to their forces in Afghanistan for 20 years, and even as Pakistan becomes a victim of terrorism by elements who oppose this forced "cooperation" as well as hostile neighbors like India that exploit this tension.
 

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The deception and hypocrisy is truly astounding. The UAE is actually frugal and doesn't want to buy such expensive weaponry that it won't use but are under intense pressure to do so by the US itself. It's a form of tribute from a vassal state to its involuntary protector. On occasion Arab diplomats have revealed this to be the case for decades, but it's not openly discussed as it would reveal their helplessness in the face of US pressure. And so the same US press, in order to humiliate further, denounce the very purchase they know they are forcing on the UAE in the first place.

This is also how the US treats Pakistan - accusations of terrorism even as we provide land, sea, and air access to their forces in Afghanistan for 20 years, and even as Pakistan becomes a victim of terrorism by elements who oppose this forced "cooperation" as well as hostile neighbors like India that exploit this tension.
Relating to first paragrahpy: That is an interesting take. Do you have any source from where I can read about it more.

That is why Pakistan played double game with US.
 

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