Obama Administration Selling Arms to Bahrain

Via Common Dreams:

As the Arab Spring unfolded last year, protesters in the streets saw something startling about the tools of repression being used on them. The Humvees, tanks, helicopters were from the US government; the canisters of chemical agents used to attack them said, “Made in the USA.”


Bahrain, home to the US Fifth Fleet and close ally of Saudi Arabia, brutally suppressed the uprising among their citizens. More than 40 pro-democracy protesters were killed and thousands more were arrested and tortured. While speaking out loudly on Libya’s brutality, the Obama administration remained largely silent on Bahrain.

Last fall the Obama administration announced plans to sell Bahrain $53 million worth of military weapons including bunker buster missiles, armored vehicles and wire-guided missiles. The Pentagon said at the time the sale “will improve Bahrain’s capability to meet current and future armored threats. Bahrain will use the enhanced capability as a deterrent to regional threats and to strengthen its homeland defense.”

Congressional opposition to the sale forced Obama to delay the weapons transfer. Now, sources have leaked, the Obama administration is quietly moving forward with the arms sales to the Bahraini monarchy – despite their on-going human rights abuses…

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7 Comments on "Obama Administration Selling Arms to Bahrain"

  1. DeepCough | Feb 2, 2012 at 2:50 pm |

    Due to exasperation, I am not able to comment, so here’s the ending scene of “Lord of War.”


  2. Surprise, surprise…

  3. Dr Kelly | Feb 2, 2012 at 4:39 pm |

    More killing … more $$$$$$$ … ho hum.

  4. Nicksteele90 | Feb 2, 2012 at 4:51 pm |

    Just goes to show there’s little difference between dems and repugs. It’s all about access to oil and keeping black gold away from Russia and China. Torture and civilian deaths only matter if they can be used as propaganda to demonize or attack some third world backwater laden with resources that the corporate overlords are drooling over.

  5. I’ve noticed that when I don’t break into my neighbors house, I don’t need to invest in a lot of weaponry to secure my interests in his region. 

  6. There’s so many of us
    There’s so many of us
    There’s so many
    Let’s have a war
    So you can go and die
    Let’s have a war
    We could all use the money

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