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Old August 4th, 2006, 10:52 AM   #1
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Lightbulb Pentagon Plans To Sell $4.6 Billion In Arms To Arab Nations

Washington, D.C. (AHN) - The Pentagon details plans to sell $4.6 billion in arms to friendly Arab countries. Up to $2.9 billion in battle tanks will go to protect critical Saudi infrastructure, while $808 million worth of UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter gunships will be sold to the United Arab Emirates.

Black Hawks, valued at $252 million, will also go to Bahrain. The $2.9 billion Saudi deal includes up to $400 million in AH-64 Apache helicopters, and 58 older-generation U.S. M1A1 Abrams tanks that would be updated.

In addition, 315 Abrams tanks owned by the Saudis would be modernized with air-conditioning and infrared sights for commanders and gunners.

The announcement comes two weeks after the Bush administration said it will sell Israel up to $210 million in JP-8 aviation fuel to help "keep peace and security in the region."

The U.S. also rushed delivery of precision-guided bombs to Israel, as it conducts air strikes against Hezbollah fighters.

The Pentagon has tapped General Dynamics Corp.'s Land Systems business to be the project's prime contractor.

The Pentagon said in a required notice to Congress, "The proposed sale and upgrade will allow Saudi Arabia to operate and exercise a more lethal and survivable M1A2S tank for the protection of critical infrastructure."
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Old August 4th, 2006, 10:56 AM   #2
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Sell all our friends equipment and bring our boys home...I'm all for that
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Old August 4th, 2006, 10:59 AM   #3
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Bring 'em home and lock the borders.

except for when I have to go to Austria next Spring!!!
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Old August 4th, 2006, 11:00 AM   #4
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Bring 'em home and lock the borders.

except for when I have to go to Austria next Spring!!!
Yeah, isolationism worked so well in the past...
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Old August 4th, 2006, 11:05 AM   #5
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Yeah, isolationism worked so well in the past...
True dat
China is a great example :miff:
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Old August 4th, 2006, 11:08 AM   #6
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Keep in mind where most of the arms that our troops are fighting against came from in the first place.
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Old August 4th, 2006, 11:26 AM   #7
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I don't trust the Saudis as far as I could throw them!!!
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Old August 4th, 2006, 11:37 AM   #8
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I don't trust the Saudis as far as I could throw them!!!
You don't trust anyone because you are a naive little college student.


Nothing so worthless as a college student.
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Old August 4th, 2006, 11:38 AM   #9
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You don't trust anyone because you are a naive little college student.


Nothing so worthless as a college student.
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with the exception of a new graduate...they believe they know everything
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Old August 4th, 2006, 11:52 AM   #10
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You don't trust anyone because you are a naive little college student.


Nothing so worthless as a college student.

you guys are soo funny
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Old August 4th, 2006, 11:55 AM   #11
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you guys are soo funny
We are the kind of people that interview little shits like you, then recommend someone else for the job.

You can think what you want, but you are an ignorant little college student.
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Old August 4th, 2006, 12:03 PM   #12
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We are the kind of people that interview little shits like you, then recommend someone else for the job.

You can think what you want, but you are an ignorant little college student.
I'm sure I'll get a job and I'm also sure that you won't be the guy interveiwing me or even in my field but thanks for your concern.
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Old August 4th, 2006, 12:04 PM   #13
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Hmmm...

1980's - US supplies arms to Aghanistan "freedom" fighters known as the Taliban.
1990's to present - Taliban uses same weapons to kill US soldiers and citizens.

1980's - US sells arms to Iran.
1990's to present - Iran supplies those same arms to terrorists around the world.

Wouldn't it make more sense to keep the guns ourselves and save money in the long run? Fighting a war against our own equipment must be a lot more expensive than any profit we could have made selling them in the first place.

And I don't trust the Saudi's any more than I trust ol' GeeDubyaBush.
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Old August 4th, 2006, 12:10 PM   #14
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Hmmm...

And I don't trust the Saudi's any more than I trust ol' GeeDubyaBush.
That's pretty much the same statement I made. Are you in college?? :tonka: :tonka: :tonka: :tonka:
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Old August 4th, 2006, 12:21 PM   #15
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That's pretty much the same statement I made. Are you in college?? :tonka: :tonka: :tonka: :tonka:
Yes, but not in some podunk undergrad liberal arts program...

After 10 years of commodity trading I started my MBA degree program.

I have to agree with some of the posts. You do seem to think you know an awful lot as a barely 20 college kid. I literally busted up laughing at the post in which you were giving out career advice. That's like taking financial advice from someone driving a 1993 Ford Escort.
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Old August 4th, 2006, 12:28 PM   #16
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Yes, but not in some podunk undergrad liberal arts program...

After 10 years of commodity trading I started my MBA degree program.

I have to agree with some of the posts. You do seem to think you know an awful lot as a barely 20 college kid. I literally busted up laughing at the post in which you were giving out career advice. That's like taking financial advice from someone driving a 1993 Ford Escort.
I think you are talking about BooGTS post. He's one of my buddies from here at good 'ol CMU and I've had heard how he hates his job a bunch of time and felt like he needed some support to stick in there. A little help goes a long way from what I've learned in my not so many years of life
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Old August 4th, 2006, 01:34 PM   #17
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I don't trust the Saudis as far as I could throw them!!!
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Old August 4th, 2006, 01:38 PM   #18
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I don't trust the Saudis as far as I could throw them!!!

I may never say this again...but I agree with you.

Arabs...friends today, Jihad tommorow. No Thanks.
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Old August 4th, 2006, 01:47 PM   #19
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Actually, as most of you know, this is hardly new news. My uncle works for United Defense (and for Bradley Fighting Vehicles before that) and they have been selling tanks/armored assault vehicles to "friendly" arab nations for 30 years.

Most of the time, this technology is so complicated, that without our support or tech help, these things just break and stop working (for example, the F-15s that we sold to Iran haven't worked in 15-20 years). So as long as they stay our ally, we can sell them parts, service and tech help, but if they become bad guys, this stuff quickly becomes useless.

I'm all about selling weapons to the middle east (as long as it is non-nuclear, small arms). Let them deal with each other and pay us to do it.

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Those are F-14 tomcats sitting over there.
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