The United States gives out an estimated $35 billion dollars in foreign aid every year. My question today is why do we aid countries with human rights abuse records like Saudi Arabia?
I agree with Senator Rand Paul and other members of Congress that are now arguing that we need to stop selling arms to the Saudi’s.
According to the Libertarian Republic, the Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced a joint resolution with Senators Mike Lee (R-UT), Al Franken (D-MN), and Chris Murphy (D-CT) to block the $1.15 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia. The arms sales include Abrams tanks and associated major defense equipment.
Read more: http://thelibertarianrepublic.com/rand-paul-arms-sales-tsaudi-arabia/#ixzz4K50BlmNn
According to CBS News, President Obama will veto legislation that would allow families of 9/11 victims to sue the government of Saudi Arabia, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Monday.
“That is still the plan. The president does intend to veto this legislation,” Earnest told reporters at the daily briefing.
CBS reports that the House approved the measure on Friday and the Senate passed the measure in May. In the Senate, it was sponsored by Sens. John Cornyn, R-Texas, and Chuck Schumer, D-New York.
Earnest said Monday that the White House has had “significant” concerns with the bill because it could open up the U.S. to being continually sued by people in other countries.
“The way that this bill is currently written exposes the United States, U.S. diplomats, U.S. servicemembers and, in some situations, even U.S. companies to significant risk in courts all across the world,” Earnest said. “The president believes that it’s important to look out for our country, to look out for our servicemembers, to look out for these diplomats and allowing this bill to come into law would increase the risk that it would face.”
The bill’s passage came before the 15th anniversary Sunday of the 2001 attacks that killed thousands in New York, Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania.
Even after Obama vetoes the bill, it’s possible Congress might have the votes to override his veto.
Why Is President Obama so determined to aid Saudi Arabia?
The U.S. Government gave a total of $1,472,410 to Saudi Arabia in 2012:The aid was broken down in the following manner:
- Nonproliferation, Anti-Terrorism, De-mining and Related: $473,311
- Other State Assistance: $990,099
- Military Assistance, Total: $9,000
The question should be asked why we give any aid or assistance to Saudi Arabia at all since Saudi Arabia continued in 2014 to try, convict, and imprison political dissidents and human rights activists solely on account of their peaceful activities. Systematic discrimination against women and religious minorities continued. Authorities failed to enact systematic measures to protect the rights of 9 million foreign workers. As in past years, authorities subjected hundreds of people to unfair trials and arbitrary detention. New anti-terrorism regulations that took effect in 2014 can be used to criminalize almost any form of peaceful criticism of the authorities as terrorism.