December 4, 2020 | By DefenseOne|
“The U.S. could seal a controversial deal sale of F-35 fighter jets to the United Arab Emirates before President Trump exits the White House in January, a top defense official said Friday.
“You ask if it’s possible? Absolutely it’s possible,” said Heidi Grant, who leads the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, the Pentagon office that oversees foreign arms sales. Grant was asked by reporters at the Pentagon whether UAE could sign a contract for the planes before Jan. 20, when President-elect Joe Biden is to be sworn in as president.
“But we don’t control it,” she said during a briefing at the Pentagon.
Congress is expected to vote next week on whether to approve potential arms sales totalling $23 billion to the Gulf monarchy, including 40 F-35s worth $10.4 billion, MQ-9 Reaper drones, and various bombs and missiles. Opponents say the sale is inappropriate due to the UAE’s role in the Saudi Arabia-led war in Yemen. They also say the sale of the high-tech fighter jets could weaken Israel’s military edge over other nations in the region, which the U.S. is required to preserve.
The sale could get more scrutiny in a Biden administration if it’s not completed before inauguration day. The Trump administration offered the F-35 to UAE after it agreed to recognize Israel, which already flies the jet.
“The UAE F-35 package is much more [than] selling military hardware. It is about advancing a more stable and secure Middle East,” Yousef Al Otaiba, the UAE ambassador to the United States, wrote Thursday on Twitter in response to Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., a lawmaker trying to block the sale. “It enables the UAE to take on more of the regional burden for collective security, freeing US assets for other global challenges – a bipartisan US priority.”
Even if Congress does not block the sale, a number of bureaucratic hurdles remain before a contract for Lockheed Martin-made jets is finalized. UAE must submit a letter of offer and acceptance, or LOA, to the State Department.”
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“Only an alert and knowledgable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals so that security and liberty may prosper together.”
“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron.” Dwight D. Eisenhower, From a speech before the American Society of Newspaper Editors, April 16, 1953
34th president of US 1953-1961 (1890 – 1969)
USA must cease participation & stop funding the UN & NATO.
H.R. 193 “American Sovereignty Restoration Act of 2017”
“To end membership of the United States in the United Nations.”
2020 US Air Force Budget Supports NATO
STOP Funding the UN & NATO NOW.
This ultra-expensive military force that U.S. taxpayers are funding lacks critical public oversight and control.
NATO is NOT a humanitarian relief agency.
NATO IS a military force of the UN, funded by the US Congress and other nations without the consent of the People .
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“When Italian authorities realized their country was heading towards a massive COVID-19 outbreak, they quickly appealed to fellow EU member states for medical supplies. None materialized. Despite entreaties by the European Commission, many weeks later the Italians were still waiting. That allowed China and Russia to step in and send a combination of some supplies, a few Chinese medics, and around 100 Russian military doctors.”
“The program provides a full range of strategic and tactical airlift to each nation in support of NATO, European Union (EU) and United Nations (UN) military operations.” –Page 592
Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Budget — Department of the Air Force
Trillions of dollars have been taken from American taxpayers to fund these foreign military entities and their operations. Is this treason?
NATO International System Deployments of Radiofrequency Microwave RF/MW Radiation (including 4G-5G)
NATO Vehicles Paid for with American tax dollars
U.S. Congress Is Financing NATO
H.R. 3202 ‘‘Strengthening Support of NATO Through Dual Use Infrastructure Act’’.