Truth About Recent U.S. Weapons Deployment to Saudi Arabia

October 13, 2019

U.S. imperialism has been pushing forward, in coordination with Israel, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates, the deployment of a regional ballistic missile network in the Middle East – a “Theater Missile Defense” system. In July, the Department of Defense awarded a multibillion-dollar contract for the sale of Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) to Saudi Arabia. Notification to Congress had already been performed by the Defense Security Cooperation Agency in October of 2017.

Last week, on October 11, U.S. Secretary of Defense Esper and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley, announced some of the latest actions, including that the U.S. military was in the process of sending the weaponry and a large quantity of related support, equipment and services.

Despite the significant age of the deal, General Mark Milley stated that the deployment of the components and experts to Saudi Arabia was to "re-establish deterrence with respect to Iran in the wake of an attack on Saudi Arabia." This is a continuation of the orchestrated Big Lie tactic to justify ongoing threats and pressure against Iran and every country which refuses to march to the U.S. drum-beat.

So too, this direct sales marketing support which the government is providing the THAAD manufacturers has come to be expected due to the close partnership that exists between the arms manufacturers and the federal government.

However, the main thing is that it disguises the simple fact that shipping THAAD and associated troops over to Saudi Arabia is part of U.S. imperialism's decades-old strategy to embrace the region with a nuclear umbrella.