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Obama replaces a big evil with a bigger one

Posted By admin On November 4, 2009 @ 3:13 pm In Russia, feature | No Comments

Obama in Saudi ArabiaPushed by IDF generals, Netanyahu finally gathered the guts to object to Obama’s Russian gambit. In September, the US Administration made Moscow an offer: to refrain from selling S-300 to Iran in exchange for opening Saudi markets to the Russians. The multibillion-dollar weapons deal would give Saudi Arabia S-400 and other highly capable Russian weapons.

The deal is fishy: it is unthinkable that the US would surrender its major weapons market to the Russians. In terms of purchasing-power parity, a $7 billion Saudi purchase from Russia means a $35 billion loss for the American military-industrial complex.

S-400 would endanger all Israeli aircraft in the Negev. Just recently, IAF finished transferring its major base from Lod to Negev. In Lod, the base was in danger from Palestinian rockets.
Netanyahu asked for guarantees that the Saudis would deploy S-400 on the border with Iran rather than Israel, but nothing precludes the Saudis from reneging on their promises.

The location of the S-400 is not a problem because the Saudis won’t attack Israel. But Russian weapons sales to Saudi Arabia would open other Arab markets and flood the region with cheap and efficient Russian arms.

The Saudi deal won’t preclude the Russians from delivering S-300 to Iran. US officials imagine that everyone is motivated by money and that Russia would rationally abandon Iran for a better deal. But Russia sells S-300 to Iran to gain influence in the region, rather than earn a few hundred million dollars.

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