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Pentagon Plans $4.2bn Arms Sales to Iraq

Pentagon Plans $4.2bn Arms Sales to Iraq

The Pentagon issued a proposal on Monday to sell weapons worth $4.2bn to Iraq, including 18 F-16 fighter aircraft, Sidewinder air-to-air missiles, laser-guided bombs and reconnaissance equipment, according to a report from the Financial Times.

The Pentagon said the proposed arms sales would make Baghdad “a more valuable partner in an important area of the world as well as supporting Iraq’s legitimate [self-defence] needs”.

(Source: Financial Times)

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12 Responses to “Pentagon Plans $4.2bn Arms Sales to Iraq”

  1. ron says:

    JUst what Iraq doesn’t need–to waste 4 bn on weapons. Why not rebuild the country–get the electricity running, etc?

  2. Luigi says:

    Sure, get every client-state permanently indebted to the U.S. and the empire grows. Iraq owes the U.S. who handles the financing and payment to the war corporations. The government pays the bill then collects later but pays the corporations up front? But of course, the corporations own the government anyway!

  3. Robert Egan says:

    Because the U.S. arms manufactures want to continue to profit from these phony wars! They will. in turn, continue to “tithe” to the ‘elected representatives’ as per agreement, leaving the average American citizen living in poverty or racing to the bottom of the heap!

  4. fhf says:

    The title would more accurately be USA pulls off one more swindle in Iraq

  5. notfooooldbyW says:

    So war for oil it was.

    We don’t know the outcome of the next Iraq government, (supposedly) and whether the anti-American Iraqis within Muqtada al Sadr’s political block will be running Iraq. We don’t know how much Iraq will be involved in Iraq’s affairs and defense.

    But wave that smell of oil dollars in the ‘billions’ and ‘billions’ range under the noses of our Defense Contractor investors and all of a sudden – who cares?

    You don’t just confiscate the oil, you force them to pay for American made weapons. Its how the wars for oil works.

  6. rosemerry says:

    I agree with all the foregoing comments; Arms are all the US can produce, and destruction by the US and its “allies” for 17 years has ruined so many Iraqi lives, so now the US continues its violence and looting .

  7. [...] a peep of protest. Trillions of their dollars are spent on murderous, pointless, wasteful rampages of war-profiteering in foreign lands, on obscene handouts and “guarantees” for the silk-suited scamsters of [...]

  8. Pentagon Plans $4.2bn Arms Sales to Iraq:

    1) The Pentagon issued a proposal on Monday to sell weapons worth $4.2bn to Iraq, including 18 F-16 fighter aircraft, Sidewinder air-to-air missiles, laser-guided bombs and reconnaissance equipment, according to a report from the Financial Times.

    2) The Pentagon said the proposed arms sales would make Baghdad “a more valuable partner in an important area of the world as well as supporting Iraq’s legitimate [self-defence] needs”.

    1) Beside the WMD-Lied Bush-War in Iraq it is another madness to promote fear and gaining-oil not feeding the war-victim people of Iraq that has to be understood while they needs marshal-plan development-Aid not-weapons worth $4.2bn to Iraq, including hospitals not 18 F-16 fighter aircraft, universities not Sidewinder air-to-air missiles, industries not laser-guided bombs and infra-structure not reconnaissance equipment, according to PeaceMan/dr.a.momin and reported from the Financial Times.

    2) The Pentagon said the proposed arms sales would make Baghdad “a more valuable partner in an important area of the world as well as supporting Iraq’s legitimate [self-defence] needs” which is wrong while lied & oppressive war wounded people needs love and good friendship in serving the truth nothing but the truth as defined by our great religion of Islam, Christian, Jewish, Hindu & Buddhist not giving Guns which killed them, no one is going to attack Iraq as long as Iraqi people shares their oil with USA so self-defence is not in danger for a long-run while reconstruction of the country needs united good-will in building a honest-partner and to remain as a good partner so Pentagon is lying again! Great USA has lost her global natural-trust with lied-war while honest-President Obama is trying to rescue trust & partnership missing in action while he is also not loved by all-USA people as his background is also Islam.

    * So dear all let us work for a natural-life race not a arms-race and stop all kinds of “licence to kill” for the sake of true peace and happiness in our mankind, even a baby understands that! PeaceMan!

  9. Garry Davis says:

    My teacher, Nataraja Guru, reminded me years ago that if you complain about Coca-Cola, it will sell two more bottles.
    GET OUT OF THE SYSTEM!
    We are FREE to choose our own allegiance.
    The alleged sovereign-state is an 18th century artifact rendered obsolete—dysfunctional—by 4 major global revolutions: technical, electronic, nuclear and space. “World” wars started 96 years ago!
    WAKE UP! Humanity is REAL! AND LEGAL! Read the Statute of the International Criminal Court. “…Crimes against humanity…” Does humanity need any defense?
    LET’S ALL GO HUMAN! National “security” is the most insidious oxymoron ever perpetrated on our human intelligence. BUT IT’S OUR FAULT IF WE OURSELVES REMAIN “INSIDE” THE FICTIONAL NATIONAL “BOX”.
    This writer is a stateless world citizen since 1948. JOIN ME!
    LET’S MAKE PEACE TOGETHER! National leaders are on the wrong level.
    See http://www.worldservice.org. Or google “World Citizen Garry Davis” for more info.

  10. [...] a peep of protest. Trillions of their dollars are spent on murderous, pointless, wasteful rampages of war-profiteering in foreign lands, on obscene handouts and “guarantees” for the silk-suited scamsters of [...]

  11. Steven says:

    I did not read that anyone put a gun to the Iraqi governments head to buy these wepons from the US, so shut TFP as it keeps many Americans in jobs

    And as for the numb nut who still thinks there were no WMD try draging your head out of your arse numpty, just what do you think Saddam was going to do with 500 tons of yellow cake dick head Jesus H christ some of you are so dum, talking utter bollocks about something you know naff all about

    There have been many high ranking x Iraqi Army personel saying yes there was WMD, its just that Germany and France delayed the start of the war as it gave Saddams Russian experts time to get the WMD out of Iraq, and why did Germany and France delay the start, because they had been selling to Iraq items that were on the banned list from the sanctions and trade embargos on Iraq so they wanted all that gear out of Iraq and fast

    I dont know why any American is up in arms about this as there are over 12,000 people killed in the USA every year with guns, it is so common it only makes the news if its some wally brain shooting up a school, if they were to report every shooting it would be on the news every day

    Guns dont kill people, people kill people

    I love these arm chair experts talking utter crap about something they know nothing about

    Have a nice day and stay lucky, Steve.

  12. Steve Harkness says:

    Why not make sure the Iraqi people have the means to feed themselves first? Rebuild the war torn infrastructure. Those 18 F-16 will be grounded in very short order with out a continuous supply of replacement parts. Iran has had American top rate fighters since the Shah’s days but they have been grounded because of lack of replacement parts. Hey wait a minute! Didn’t we arm Iraqi to the teeth once before to fight Iran only to have to face those very same weapons in the 1991 invasion? They need hospitals and schools, not F-16’s!


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