|Obama Approves Arms Deal for Bahrain|
|by Tom McGregor||Wed, Nov 14, 2012, 12:55 AM|
Global human rights groups are expressing outrage that President Barack Obama endorsed a $7.6 billion missile-defense system deal with Bahrain, which faces accusations that its government has enforced a brutal Syrian-style crack down on Arab Spring demonstrators.
Meanwhile, other critics fear that the new supply of weapons could be utilized to launch a war of retaliation against Israel, as well as blocking a pre-emptive strike the Israeli military is planning against Iran.
According to Al-Jazeera, “Qatar and UAE look to bolster defense systems. Countries request sale of up to $7.6bn in Lockheed Martin Corp. missile-defense systems to counter perceived threats.”
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), which oversees foreign arms sales, has already approved the deal and formally notified Congress on Friday.
As reported by Al-Jazeera, “lawmakers now have 30 days to block the potential sales although such action is rare since deals are carefully vetted with lawmakers weeks before the notifications are posted.”
So will the House GOP cave and let President Barack Obama provide an anti-missiles shield for enemies of Israel?
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