Aside from an element of hysteria, it wasn't a bad article. The comments were good too. I was particularly impressed by the second commentary which included every problem America faces in a couple of paragraphs. I have attempted such a feat, but lack the writing ability.
Since Al Qaeda is bent on its destruction, I do not think the Saudi government is supporting them in Iraq. They may be supporting the Sunni insurgents who are now attempting to destroy Al Qaeda in Iraq, but American forces are also supporting the same insurgents in this activity. However, after Al Qaeda is eliminated, these same insurgents will turn on us if we are still in Iraq.
I do believe this arms deal is a waste of money. Some of the proposed systems are gleams in the eyes of the Bush Administration and various defense contractors, and will probably be as useless as the upgraded missile defense systems they are selling. If either the Israelis or the Saudis buy this junk, they better look it over carefully. The Israelis turned down an opportunity to buy these upgrades and are trying to build their own system. At least they are wasting their money in their own country.
Since Lockheed-Martin has an intelligence contract with the CIA, I think we will see big bad Iran and North Korea hyped as major threats. However, If Iran wants to get off the hit list, they might want to express some desire for American arms. Lockheed-Martin can always use "American" intelligence to improve their image.
Pervis J. Casey
Aug 1 2007 - 3:46pm