Published on Apr 9, 2015 A recent report from the Center of International Policy found that President Barack Obama is now at the forefront of American presidents in terms of weapons sales internationally. Anya Parampil has the latest and looks at where the US has been selling most of the arms.
The referenced report is found at:
The Center for International Policy
The Obama Arms Bazaar: Record Sales, Troubling Results
With the end of the Obama presidency just around the corner, discussions of his administration’s foreign policy legacy are already well under way. But one central element of that policy has received little attention: the Obama administration’s dramatic acceleration of U.S. weapons exports.
The numbers are astonishing. In President Obama’s first five years in office, new agreements under the Pentagon’s Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program—the largest channel for U.S. arms exports—totaled over $169 billion. After adjusting for inflation, the volume of major deals concluded by the Obama administration in its first five years exceeds the amount approved by the Bush administration in its full eight years in office by nearly $30 billion. That also means that the Obama administration has approved more arms sales than any U.S. administration since World War II.
The majority of the Obama administration’s arms sales—over 60 percent–have gone to the Middle East and Persian Gulf, with Saudi Arabia topping the list at $46 billion in new agreements. This is particularly troubling given the complex array of conflicts raging throughout the region.
The complete article can be found HERE.
Interesting! We knew this but still a summation brings it into perspective. How can the US continue to look our soldiers or allies in the eye when our sales of weapons are fueling both sides of the war? This is no different than any black market seller.
No wonder people around the world are so critical. Makes you wonder just what else this “leader of change” has done under guise of helping the world to prosper. (not just weapons but missiles, uranium and heaven knows what else)