William Hartung comes on the show to discuss the latest in Yemen, particularly with respect to the political relationship between Saudi Arabia and the U.S. He explains that the Saudis finally have an opportunity to use all the American weapons they’ve been buying for the last few decades, essentially as a stimulus program for America. President Trump loves to claim that these sales are great for the economy, but the deals aren’t nearly as big as he sometimes claims, in reality supporting only about 20,000 jobs. The Saudis have claimed that the many civilian deaths in their airstrikes have been accidental, but there are so many of them it’s difficult to believe they’re all really mistakes.
Discussed on the show:
- “U.S. Military Support For Saudi Arabia And The War In Yemen” (LobeLog)
- “10/20/18 Martha Mundy Gives an Update on Yemen” (Libertarian Institute)
- “In Saudi Arabia’s War in Yemen, No Refuge on Land or Sea” (New York Time)
- “U.S.-backed Saudi Airstrike on Family With Nine Children Shows “Clear Violations” of the Laws of War” (The Intercept)
- Reagan National Defense Forum
- Jamal Khashoggi
- “Tomgram: Ben Freeman, The Saudi Lobby Juggernaut” (TomDispatch.com)
- “Jimmy Carter Toasts the Shah” (Voices & Visions)
- “From Arizona to Yemen: The Journey of an American Bomb” (New York Times)
William Hartung is director of the Arms and Security Project at the Center for International Policy, and the author of Prophets of War: Lockheed Martin and the Making of the Military-Industrial Complex. Find him on Twitter @WilliamHartung.
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