Democratic Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer said on Monday that he will vote against President Trump’s $110 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia in the Senate. They are set to vote on a resolution expressing disapproval of this action. Naturally, this move seems quite hypocritical considering that he backed a similar Obama administration arms deal.
Regarding this issue, Schumer expressed that this decision is based on humanitarian concerns. He said that the Saudi government continues to support terrorism through its relationship with, and funding of, schools that spread extremist propaganda all around the world.
Far from being a lone wolf dissenter, senators Rand Paul, Chris Murphy, and Al Franken clearly support Schumer. Their stated reason is that the arms deal with Saudi Arabia will further exacerbate the war in Yemen.
Analysts expect that the resolution would block just a small part of the deal that President Trump signed during his recent visit to Riyadh. This would be less than $800 million worth of precision-guided munitions.
As reported by Breitbart less than a month ago, Trump’s agreements with Saudi Arabia included a military sales deal of $110 billion, which is effective immediately. It also includes another $350 billion over the next decade. Both nations announced the defense cooperation agreement and private sector agreements that are intended to create tens of thousands of new jobs in the U.S.
Soon after President Trump and King Salman closed the deal, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemithe American government of spreading “Iranophobia” around the world. Trump had stated in his Riyadh speech that Iran funds and trains terrorist groups and militias all over Lebanon, Iraq, and Yemen.
Last year, Senators Murphy and Paul attempted a similar resolution in order to block an Obama administration deal amounting to almost $2 billion in arms. Nevertheless, the effort died in a 71-27 vote where Democrat Schumer backed the former president.
During that period, many analysts and intellectuals explained that Obama’s deal would make it impossible to stop the spread of terrorism and prevent the war in Yemen from getting out of control. In fact, Paul said that Obama’s links to this war had not been debated in the Congress or the public sphere. Furthermore, he stated that the administration was refueling Saudi Arabian bombers that were attacking Yemen.
Given this situation, it now seems quite surprising that Schumer is voting against a similar deal to the one he supported just a year ago. It is extremely misleading to say that the intention is to fight against terrorism and support Yemen when, thanks-in-part to his vote, these two issues are worse than last year.
According to several media outlets, the resolution is expected to fail. The results could end up being quite similar to last years’. Nevertheless, Murphy told reporters late last month that even if they don’t have a chance to win, he hopes for a closer vote since it represents a powerful message.
It is unlikely that the Senate will end up blocking Trump’s arms sale to Saudi Arabia. GOP senators that are active in foreign policy, like John McCain or Lindsay Graham, have largely agreed with the President’s deal. They argue that Saudi Arabia represents a significant ally in order to fight against Iran, which many experts consider one of the greatest threats to America right now.
In fact, both Middle East nations have a terrible relationship, to the point where a war between these two countries has been close to starting on several occasions. In addition to oil, this is one of the main reasons why Saudi Arabia remains one of the most important U.S. allies.
Schumer will vote to block Trump’s arms sale to Saudi Arabia
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Considering all these elements, Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran was a terrible decision. It gave Iran the opportunity to make nuclear bombs but also because represented a snub against Saudi Arabia.
Believe it or not, Schumer didthat controversial deal as well. He explained that lifting sanctions would give Iran’s regime billions of dollars they will use to foment global terrorism. Also, he said that the deal was quite harmful to Israel, which the Iranian government has threatened to exterminate.
While Schumer had the guts to be rational about the nuclear deal, he’s now quite a coward and hypocrite in voting against something he supported in 2016.
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