‘The best of America’: $8bn worth of US arms exports to Saudi Arabia fuel Yemen war

It was truly baffling to hear a grilled US official claim during a Senate hearing that the sales of weapons to Saudi Arabia are a ‘manifestation’ of exporting human rights and open society, an anti-war activist told RT.

R. Clarke Cooper, the US State Department’s assistant secretary for political-military affairs, was grilled during a hearing at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday. Defending arms sales to Saudi Arabia, he said that the deal itself means more than just selling weapons.

“Our policy is not just limited to arms transfers. It is a manifestation of what else we export: open society, human rights. That is a part of our policy,” he said. The official added that Washington does not cut security ties with partners like Riyadh that carry “so much weight for our interests.”

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23 thoughts on “‘The best of America’: $8bn worth of US arms exports to Saudi Arabia fuel Yemen war

  1. mozart0042 July 12, 2019 at 9:48 am

    Even worse $ 150 Bn in cash to Iran's mullahs put the entire Middle East on fire.

  2. HeavierThanLight July 12, 2019 at 9:48 am

    Good for the rich americans! When people are starving somewhere through war, american billionaires can update their fancy car collection…IT'S A WIN WIN SITUATION!

  3. sirlunkan July 12, 2019 at 9:48 am

    And the U.S wonder why they have terror attacks in there country

  4. Washington Hoax July 12, 2019 at 9:48 am

    $8 Billion that won't be going for Russia or China weapons profit – hahahahaha.
    The Saudi's will be buying weapons but at least they know Iran won't be getting US weapons.
    So its US weapons versus Russia and China weapons being tested by angry Muslims.

  5. Brad Pool July 12, 2019 at 9:48 am

    They think, "We make money out of the death of thousands, it's just collateral damage. Money is more important than people." Narcissists, sociopaths and psychopaths tend to get to high places and neither has a tendency for empathy. It varies for narcissists but is non existent in the other two. You can't get blood out of a stone heart.

  6. Baibonn Dilangalen Sangid July 12, 2019 at 9:48 am

    Stupid, Nazi US of Al Qaeda is not promoting open society and human rights but terrorism, drugs, and fascism.

  7. Susan Downey July 12, 2019 at 9:48 am

    Export the best of America with their arms policy… a pathetic attempt at verbal cover up; disgracefully tries to display deadly weapons that are killing thousands of people, as some sort of great product to export!..and that is amounts to human rights!!!, what an absolutely disgraceful stance to serve to the public…the world trades on blackmail, and exchanges of abominable doings…God help the helpless..

  8. Dowlphwin July 12, 2019 at 9:48 am

    Emergency powers, huh? Capitalism is dying. Economic emergency.
    2:15 No, not violating international norms, but international law. Dude, say when it is a violation of the law.

  9. Valient Six July 12, 2019 at 9:48 am

    The question RT is forgetting to ask or investigate, is whether Yemen or Saudi Arabia's population and leadership is going into the 22nd century with an alliance with the West. And which populations will be more easily influenced by a constitution if proposed to them.

  10. Mikey Mike July 12, 2019 at 9:48 am

    It's all about the USA military war machine. MONEY! They need to make money off of manufacturing, and their stock pile of weapons, ammunition, bombs, missiles, etc!

    Just look at the Billions of dollars made selling their weapons to both Saudi Arabia and Israel. Playing with both sides just for money! How ironic? Sick!

  11. assault and battery July 12, 2019 at 9:48 am

    America, England, France and Germany, still bending over and showing their asses to their Zionist masters,for money. The human lives don't matter.

  12. Hector Norris July 12, 2019 at 9:48 am

    How much does Russia send to their allies like Syria or even iran and much more. How about the fact that Russia supports communist dictators like in Venezuela or Cuba, supporting leaders and not even the people want in their own countries, and you want to be Hypocrites and talk about America. RT is nothing but Russian propaganda. RT = Retard's television or Russian Trash.

  13. TwilightOfMoore1 July 12, 2019 at 9:48 am

    We had 'humanitarian bombing' before so 'human rights weapons' sounds as good as too. F it, am turning bloody cynical.

  14. DMan July 12, 2019 at 9:48 am

    Exporting death and destruction

  15. Mark Donahue July 12, 2019 at 9:48 am


  16. Mark Donahue July 12, 2019 at 9:48 am

    🇺🇸 🇺🇸 🇺🇸 🇺🇸 Trump 2020

  17. Mr Happy Guy July 12, 2019 at 9:48 am

    Israel and Saudi Arabia need America to fight their wars for them. No matter if it democrats or republicans. Israel and Saudi Arabia own them both. Both are cancer to the planet.

  18. Around The world July 12, 2019 at 9:48 am

    Hang Trump for war crimes

  19. Around The world July 12, 2019 at 9:48 am

    The USA is a country committing crimes against humanity for killing innocent civilians in Yemen by backing the Saudi Arabia government

  20. Mr. Wolf July 12, 2019 at 9:48 am

    Evil working overtime. Arabia is dirty as the day us long. Trump making deals with the devil. And alot of Americans are aware of the truth, so she is talking out her arse. The people of countries don't dictate goverment policies, only the corrupt goverments do that. And there are no clean hands in this concern.

  21. Lezo brown Frown The guy July 12, 2019 at 9:48 am

    Yemen it’s gonna be the new cost rica in 2078

  22. Ann Nil July 12, 2019 at 9:48 am

    it makes no difference what they swear or claim, a country that profits from wars and conflicts doesn't want peace; an industry that profits from illness and pains does not seek health and well being.

  23. cicatriz July 12, 2019 at 9:48 am

    This is exactly the kind of thing that gives Americans a bad reputation. No one quite does bullshit like a select few of them are able to.

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