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US Working Out Massive Long-Term Foreign Weapon Sales

President Bush wants to take one last shot as an international salesman before he leaves office in January. The Bush administration is peddling tanks, helicopters, fighter jets, missiles, remotely piloted aircraft, and warships to Iraq, Afghanistan, and Canada, along with countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Europe in hopes of arming allies and containing North Korea and Iran.

An air force official working on the large-scale deals says sprinkling the world with Made in USA weapons "is about building a more secure world." The arms deals will last far after Bush leaves office, and will be partly financed by the US. Each year America gives 60 countries a total of $4.5 billion to help buy American weapons.

For more on the US push, and how Iran might have some weapons to sell, too,


While the US took opposing sides with the USSR in the 1980s battle for Afghanistan, it appears that Iran has stepped in for the Soviets in a new developing war by proxy. A recent investigation found that groups within the Iranian state have sent weapons to the Taliban in Afghanistan. Iran denies involvement saying it supports the Afghan government.

Are these deals making a profit on insecurity, or solidifying long-term alliances? Do you ever worry that arming and training foreigners could backfire on the US?


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rabidmoon rabidmoon 8 years
Exactly. It depresses me how people's memories seem shorter - and shorter...
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
Hmm they must mean just like arms we sold during the Iran/Iraq War and the Afghan/Soviet War to then friends Saddam Hussain and Osama Bin Laden. Weapons proliferation are not two words to take lightly. If we have not learned from History especially a History that swings back to strike us in the hopes that some wisdom will be shaken lose than we're in for a rough ride.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
every president does this, I wish they wouldnt.
rabidmoon rabidmoon 8 years
"The last thing I would do would be to seal the region off, and let them fight amongst themselves." Heh. Yeah, good idea. Let's make a colossal mess of a country, sell them a bunch of weapons then walk off and hope they shoot each other. -.-
rabidmoon rabidmoon 8 years
:ROTFL: And in 20 years, watch as the people whose hands they shake today turn into the ones they want to bomb tomorrow. How history repeats itself! I would be amused if it wasn't so pathetic.
dreamsugar dreamsugar 8 years
How does selling guns and tanks make it a more secure world?? It doesn't work in Watts I doubt it will work in other countries.
dreamsugar dreamsugar 8 years
"President Bush wants to take one last shot as an international salesman before he leaves office in January. " :rotfl:
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
I hope if we are selling arms to these countries it is going to be followed by a quick withdrawal of our troops. The last thing I would do would be to seal the region off, and let them fight amongst themselves.
janneth janneth 8 years
What kind of crazy world do we live in?
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
see i don't know if it's about building a more secure world rather than trying to make a dent in the deficit as a last hurrah. i think that it's a bad idea to arm other countries even if they are 'allies' right now since you don't know what could happen to make them go against us and you don't know the chances of things getting into the wrong hands. for myself - i don't feel any more safe to know that US made weapons are circulating around the world at a higher rate...
HeidiMD HeidiMD 8 years
Anything for a profit, right?
girlA girlA 8 years
Yeah, some of those countries mentioned made me say, "WHAT!?"
yesteryear yesteryear 8 years
and i mean, second question in the article - not you mich
yesteryear yesteryear 8 years
in response to the second question... um, yes? mujahideen/taliban anyone?
Michelann Michelann 8 years
Wait, they want to sell more arms to Afghanistan? Is it wrong that I'm confused by that?
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