Trump Sells Billions Of Dollars Of Weapons To Country That Sends US Arms To Libyan Civil War In Allegiance With Russia
Last week, while Washington D.C. erupted in chaos after the firing of FBI Director James Comey, it went nearly unnoticed that the U.S. State Department, with the approval of Donald Trump, approved the sale of 2 billion dollars worth of weapons to the United Arab Emirates. In an official notice of the sale sent to Congress, the Trump Administration justified the sale by calling the UAE “an important ally which has been, and continues to be, a force for political stability and economic progress in the Middle East.” Furthermore, the notice claimed that selling weapons to the UAE “will not alter the basic military balance in the region.”
At about the same time that this sale was announced, other news about US weapons sold to the UAE showed that these justifications are false. Time Magazine revealed that the UAE has been sending weapons sold to it by the USA to rebel groups in the current Libyan civil war.
Sending weapons to any rebel group in Libya is in violation of United Nations arms embargo designed to discourage additional bloodshed in the civil war there. It is also in direct opposition to established US foreign policy. The US Department of State, along with the United Nations, supports the current Libyan government.
Why is the State Department, which purports to support the Libyan government, selling weapons to a country known to send weapons it receives from the USA to Libyan insurgents fighting against their national government?
A disturbing detail that may be related is that the Libyan rebels aren’t just being supported by the UAE. They’re also being propped up by Russia.
Before he became the current U.S. Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson worked on billions of dollars of business deals with Russian dictator Vladimir Putin. Tillerson became so close with the Russian government that he accepted a medal from Putin, the highest honor that Russia bestows upon foreigners.
As with most dirty deals, there’s more than one angle to the sale of weapons to the United Arab Emirates. There’s also a great deal of money to be made for people with political connections. The weapons manufacturers, Raytheon and Lockheed Martin, spend millions of dollars on lobbying, and millions of dollars more on campaign contributions and dark money support for political candidates, every year.