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President Barack Obama's administration has been delaying its planned $53 million arms sale to Bahrain due to human rights concerns and congressional opposition, but this week administration officials told several congressional offices that they will move forward with a new and different package of arms sales -- without any formal notification to the public.
The congressional offices that led the charge to oppose the original Bahrain arms sales package are upset that the State Department has decided to move forward with the new package.
Originally posted by Vitchilo
Obama, selling weapons to a dictatorship killing it's own people.
That just shows the character of Obama... a disgusting dictatorship supporting POS.
"After the intensification of the Al Khalifa regime's pressures on the Muslim and oppressed people of Bahrain and the serious decision of the county's youths for starting a sacred defense, it is predicted that the Islamic revolution of the Bahraini people will gradually enter a phase of sporadic military, guerilla and irregular operations."
Our congressional sources said that State is using a legal loophole to avoid formally notifying Congress and the public about the new arms sale. The administration can sell anything to anyone without formal notification if the sale is under $1 million. If the total package is over $1 million, [color=gold]State can treat each item as an individual sale, creating multiple sales of less than $1 million and avoiding the burden of notification, which would allow Congress to object and possibly block the deal.
We're further told that State is keeping the exact items in the sale secret, but is claiming they are for Bahrain's "external defense" and therefore couldn't be used against protesters. Of course, that's the same argument that State made about the first arms package, which was undercut by videos showing the Bahraini military using Humvees to suppress civilian protesters.
Originally posted by Vitchilo
reply to post by Aloysius the Gaul
And who was the last POTUS who did NOT do that?
Last time I checked, two wrongs doesn't make a right.
Obama, Clinton, Bushes, Reagan, Carter, Ford, all POS.
Exactly, western governments have been arming and supporting dictatorships all over the globe since, atleast the industrial revolution. Ever read War is a Racket? Orwells experiences in Burma?
I would say rise up and take the power back people...
Sadly if this doesn't spur people from their consumerist daze nothing will.
Why do people refuse to change the way current society operates? The rich get richer and the poor stay poor. All at the expense of some dead brown people. I guess it's worth it to support our lavish lifestyles, no?