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United States Signs Multi-Billion Arms Deal With Saudi Arabia

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Day one of Donald Trump’s nine day tour of the Middle East and Europe resulted in a $110 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia. The deal could be worth $350 billion over the next 10 years according to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

The deal is intended to assist Saudi Arabia’s security and fight against terrorism in the Middle East, as well bolstering the economies of both nations. “This package of defense equipment and services support the long-term security of Saudi Arabia and the Gulf region in the face of Iranian threats, while also bolstering the Kingdom’s ability to contribute to counter terrorism operations across the region, reducing the burden on the U.S. military to conduct those operations,” stated the White House.

After signing the deal, Trump said to journalists that it would bring “hundreds of billions of dollars of investments into the United States and jobs, jobs, jobs. So I would like to thank all of the people of Saudi Arabia.”

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, who created the Stop Arming Terrorists act and has been traditionally anti-intervention on foreign policy, responded “Saudi Arabia has spent hundreds of billions of dollars spreading their extreme Wahhabi Salafist ideology around the world, creating fertile ground for terrorist organizations like ISIS and al-Qaeda to recruit, while simultaneously providing direct support to terrorist groups who pose a direct threat to US interests and who are fighting to overthrow the Syrian government.”

The Obama administration pulled back a similar deal with the Saudis after learning of increasing human rights violations in their war against Yemen. Senator Rand Paul supported this move statingWe are complicit and actively involved with war in Yemen. There’s been no debate in Congress, really no debate in the public sphere, over whether or not we should be at war in Yemen.” Paul has yet to make a statement on the current arms deal.

It would seem that the President has sacrificed a non-interventionist policy for potentially creating more jobs in the country. By selling arms to fight terrorism, the United States will create more conflict and a less stable region.



Since joining the Libertarian Party in 2016 (after discovering Gary Johnson as a disaffected Bernie Sanders supporter), Luke Henderson has been active in the liberty movement through journalism, and political activism. At the beginning of 2017, Luke had his first piece of writing published by Being Libertarian and quickly became a contributor to the libertarian news site, The Libertarian Vindicator. Through the Vindicator, Luke discovered his passion for addressing critics of the philosophy and bringing together different factions of liberty lovers which compelled him to become an editor for The Libertarian Coalition, a forum dedicated to an open-minded discussion of libertarian ideas from all walks. After many guest contributions to Being Libertarian, Luke was asked to join the website as a contributor, where he writes his column Scoring For Liberty, which discusses sports, politics, and economics from a libertarian lens, and his Educator series that seeks to strengthen libertarian’s understanding of educational techniques and policy to better arguments against public education. Luke is one of the District 1 Executive Committeemen for the Missouri Libertarian party, and the founder of the Missouri Chapter of the Libertarian Positivity Caucus. Outside of politics, Luke is a paraprofessional for the Special School District of St. Louis, a musician, composer, and a loving husband and father.

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