These are the Seven Anti-Trump Middle-East Policy Senators who Voted to Kill Trump’s Arms deal with Saudi Arabia, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates:
- Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins
- South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham
- Utah Republican Sen. Mike Lee
- Kansas Republican Sen. Jerry Moran
- Alaska Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski
- Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul
- Indiana Republican Sen. Todd Young
This deal would give US companies $8 Billion in sales while standing-up these Middle-Eastern countries with the arms they need to allow the US to step back from direct conflicts in the region. Most of these same Senators agree with the President’s Middle-East policy of having our allies in the region police their own region with logistics and intelligence support. But, when it came down to providing those nations with the arms to actually put that policy into practice, they abandoned the President. Why?
Here are a couple of the “reasons”:
- Graham blamed Saudi alleged involvement in the death of the Muslim Brotherhood mouthpiece Jamal Khashoggi as one of the reasons he dissented.
- Libertarian Rand Paul stated on the Senate floor in a speech; “Do I want someone representing me to who is selling arms to people who hate our country? Do I want to have people representing me who continue to flood the Middle East with Arms?”
Collins, Murkowski, Moran, Lee and Young have always been Luke-warm supporters of the President on a number of issues. They veiled their opposition to the arms deal as a protest against the President as he had invoked emergency powers, that the Congress had given to the Presidency, to bypass a 30 day review process, read tongue wagging contest in Congress, in order to expedite he deal.
They had also protested Saudi involvement in Yemen which is a proxy war being waged by Iran! Iran is the very Shia State Sponsor of Terror in the region that this arms deal is trying to stop! The President had spelled this policy out his Middle-East Proxy policy in 2017. This arms deal with Saudi Arabia is only a small part of the $110 Billion arms deal that Trump signed with Saudi Arabia in May of this year. This was no surprise.
So, do we as a nation want to continue to engage in wars that last 20 years with no resolution? Do we as a nation want to send our young women and men into harms way where we have only a moderate degree of national interest? Do we as a nation want to spend Trillions of dollars on wars in the Middle-East that only serves to feed terror leaders new recruits as they see our flag as a symbol of hatred towards Muslims?
Ask yourself, have any of these Senators, or members of the House of Representatives, actually put forth a viable policy for the Middle-East? Have any of them actually defined any real objection to Trump’s Middle East Policy? The answer is NO!
Write these clowns and tell them to get behind a foreign policy that saves the lives of our young women and men; saves our nation trillions of dollars; and stops breeding hatred towards the US for interfering directly in the Middle-East. You have to wonder why we keep paying for Congress for absolutely no benefit.
Thank God Trump will Veto their attempts to block this sale and thwart his Middle-East Policy.