It’s in Washington’s Interest to Arm Riyadh

Saudi Arabia is the largest destination for US weapons exports with some 25% of all US defense exports going to the KSA. The Biden administration has however limited weapons exports to Riyadh, leaving the Saudis little choice but to purchase Chinese or Russian arms. This is an illogical policy which harms American jobs but furthermore harms American interests in the Middle East. It is a US interest to promote optimal militarization in Saudi Arabia by strengthening the KSA militarily. Why is this so? Militarization in Saudi Arabia will deter Tehran and will thus lessen the risk of an Iranian invasion of Arabia and hence prevent US entanglement in a major Middle East war. Regarding the war in Yemen should Washington pursue a strategic dialogue with Riyadh as to how the Saudis plan to attain victory or otherwise bring that conflict to an end. The war in Yemen is tragic but Washington must prioritize US strategic interests which is preventing the United States from becoming entangled in a Saudi-Iranian war which it inevitably would be were Iran to invade Saudi Arabia.

Published by Daniella Bartfeld

Daniella Bartfeld is the founding director of the Aliyah Organization.

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