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Why does the United States arm the Arab countries of the Persian Gulf?

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Why does the United States arm the Arab countries of the Persian Gulf?
In the military doctrine of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC), only two countries today are considered potential aggressors - Iran and Iraq. Moreover, Iraq, before its occupation, was in the first place in terms of threats to the national security of the Arabian states, primarily for Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. Today, the main threat to the GCC is not considered Israel at all, as a collective enemy of the Arab nation, continuing to hold the Palestinian territories and Islamic shrines of Jerusalem, whose defender the Saudi king positions himself, namely the Islamic Republic of Iran, from which no threat emanates and which does not claims no inch of arab land.



В previous article The author addressed the issue of the US military presence in the Persian Gulf, noting that it is not limited solely to the presence in the region of military personnel, warships, aircraft and military bases of the United States, and includes such a component as supplies on a massive scale of weapons and military equipment (IVI ) in volumes that significantly exceed their needs to ensure security and defense against a potential external aggressor. As such, if we carefully analyze the military doctrines of the GCC in general, and each of its members in particular, are only two countries today - Iran and Iraq (previously Iraq, before its occupation, was in the first place in terms of threats to the national security of Arabian states, primarily for Kuwait and Saudi Arabia). That is, today the main threat to the GCC is not at all Israel being viewed as a collective enemy of the Arab nation, continuing to hold Palestinian territories and Islamic shrines of Jerusalem, whose defender the Saudi king positions himself, namely the Islamic Republic of Iran, which does not emanate any threat that does not claim any inch of arab land. This is also confirmed by the periodic statements of many high-ranking officials of the GCC countries, primarily the Saudi and Bahraini, as well as the United Arab Emirates, who accuse Tehran of occupying three disputed islands - Abu Musa, Small and Big Tombs in the Strait of Hormuz.

However, instead of creating a collective security system in the Persian Gulf with the participation of Iran and Iraq, including using Russian proposals to this effect, the monarchic regimes of the Persian Gulf prefer to go their own way within the framework of the regional military structures of the GCC. The reasons are as follows: First, the conservative regimes of Arabia are not satisfied with the republican system in Iran and Iraq, with its significant democratic attributes and election of power. Second, the United States and Great Britain do not want normal relations between the Arab countries of the Persian Gulf, on the one hand, and non-Arab Iran, on the other, otherwise how to deal with the principle of "divide and rule"? Third, the fear that large in terms of population of the territory and economic potential of Iran and Iraq may "absorb" the small principalities of Arabia, introduce them into the orbit of their influence, and hence reduce the influence of Washington and London on them. Fourth, the Anglo-Saxon desire to preserve the severity of the Sunni-Shiite conflict, artificially fomented in the West and in Israel, in order to prevent the unification of the Islamic world in the Middle East with its gigantic energy resources into a single whole with common goals to protect their interests, primarily oil, gas and political, from external players. Fifth, the fears of a number of GCC members, primarily Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain and Qatar, that Tehran can use Shiite communities in them to shake the domestic political situation in the conservative Wahhabi and Sunni monarchies.

Hence, the warmed up US ambitions of the Council’s countries to create armed forces equipped with the most modern weapons and military equipment. Moreover, Washington not only earns huge amounts of funds for its military-industrial complex on military orders, but also has the Shield of the Peninsula in the person of the GCC armies and their general rapid reaction forces (SSR), including the most combat-ready parts of various military branches of the six member countries of the Council totaling about 20 thousand people, are based near the Saudi city of Hafr al-Batin, near the southern border of Kuwait, and are under the command of the Assistant Secretary General of the GCC for Military Affairs; They were in the 2011 year in the occupation of Bahrain to rescue the king from popular unrest, the main, along with Israel, ally in case of another armed conflict in the Persian Gulf, either a war with Iran or launching bombing attacks on its nuclear facilities.

In the interest of expanding and deepening the military-political partnership with the Arabian monarchies, in May 2006. Washington launched the program of the so-called Gulf Security Dialogue, which is implemented in the following main areas: 1) Discussion of issues related to ways and means of improving the defensive capabilities and combat capability of the Arabian Armed Forces; 2) Regional security issues (Iran, Lebanon, the Arab-Israeli conflict, etc.); 3) Problems associated with non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction in the region; 4) Problems of combating terrorism and ensuring the internal security of the GCC countries; 5) Ensuring the security of the infrastructure of the Arabian states, primarily of the hydrocarbon industry; 6) Problems associated with the development of the situation in Iraq. The dialogue is a meeting of high-ranking political and military leaders of the parties every six months. From the American side, as a rule, the Minister of Defense, the head of the National Security Council, the chairman of the Committee of the Chiefs of Staff of the US Armed Forces, the commander of CENTCOM.

The following figures indicate the scale of US military supplies to the GCC countries. In total, from 1981 to 2006, playing the threat map from Iraq and Iran, the United States sold over $ 72 billion worth of weapons and military hardware to Arabian partners, of which Saudi Arabia was worth 57 billion. The United States intends to continue to carry out large military supplies to the GCC member countries. In 2010, Washington announced new plans for the supply of US arms and military equipment to the GCC countries. In the next few years, the Arab countries of the Persian Gulf will purchase weapons worth over $ 120 billion. The Pentagon has already announced its plans to supply XiNUMX F-84 fighter jets with various ammunition, missiles and material and technical support, as well as the modernization of 15 to Riyadh in service with the KSA Air Force F-70 aircraft. The sum of these deals alone amounts to $ 15 billion. Other US contracts with Saudi Arabia are also being considered, in particular, these are Apache Longbow Block III attack helicopters, some versions of multi-purpose transport and training helicopters, and air-to-air missiles - ground and air-to-air. In addition, in early April, Saudi Arabia 60 asked the United States for information on the cost of repairing and upgrading ships previously purchased in the United States. The potential amount of the transaction is estimated at $ 64 billion. At the same time, it is very significant that in 2011 Riyadh refused to sign a modest MTC contract with Moscow, although it was initialed. Apparently, the KSA realized that this kind of “handouts” could not buy Russia in terms of tightening anti-Iran sanctions.

Increasing the volume of military-technical cooperation with the countries of the Persian Gulf, the United States is actively exploiting the thesis about the threat from Iran. Washington has managed to convince the leaders of these states that Tehran is striving to possess nuclear weapons, to expand Shiite fundamentalism, to create a so-called "Shiite arc" or "Shiite crescent." At the same time, the US administration is not at all embarrassed by the fact that Iran’s spiritual leader Ayatollah Khamenei issued a fatwa (equal to the presidential decree) on the inadmissibility of creating nuclear weapons in the country. And to confirm this, literally the other day, the new Iranian President Hassan Rouhani from the rostrum of the 68 session of the UN General Assembly officially declared that Iran does not pose any threat to the world as a whole, or to the region separately, that there is no room for nuclear weapons in his country's military doctrine that iranophobia poses a serious threat to peace and security. On the contrary, they began shouting even more that the Iranian leadership was already inciting the Shiite communities of Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Lebanon and other Arab countries to speak out against the authorities represented by the Arab Sunni. Bahrain, where Shiite Arabs make up two thirds of the country's population, is considered to be the most vulnerable, but it is practically excluded from power. In Riyadh, they seriously fear that Shiite unrest in Bahrain could spread to the Eastern Province of KSA, where the richest oil fields are located and where the predominantly Shiite population is.

Hence the recent American initiative to create a regional ABO and ABM system, to which Washington has already been able to pull all the GCC countries. Within its framework, Qatar and the UAE have already announced their intention to purchase THAAD missile systems from Lockheed Martin for a total of almost $ 8 billion. In particular, Qatar’s application includes 2 THAAD batteries for 6 launchers each, 150 interceptor missiles , 2 fire control, 2 radar AN / TPY-2 and 1 radar early warning. Total worth 6,5 billion. And the UAE is planning to purchase 9 PU THAAD, 48 anti-missiles and related equipment worth 1,1 billion dollars. These complexes will also be purchased by the other four GCC countries, and they interact with other US missile defense systems, including the IJIS ship complex, as well as the Patriot, PAC-2 and PAC-3 ground systems, which are in service with most of the Council’s countries.

Now the KSA are in service Tanks Abrams M1F2, Bradley combat vehicles, M-113A1 / A2 / A3 armored personnel carriers, M109A2 self-propelled howitzers, F-15 C / D / S / SA fighters, U-3a AWACS long-range detection aircraft, Hercules transport aircraft "S-130, helicopters AN-64D" APACH ", etc. In November 2012, the Boeing company has already received a contract for the modernization of 68 Saudi F-15S fighters in the amount of 4 billion dollars. In Kuwait, the main types of American arms and military equipment are M1A2 Abrams tanks, F / A-18 C / D Hornet fighters, AN-64D Apache helicopters, Hercules S-130 and S-17 Globmaster-3 transport aircraft ". In the UAE there are F-16 Blok 60 fighters, AN-64D APACH helicopters and S-130 Hercules transport aircraft.

It is clear that all these weapons are intended to contain Iran and to prepare for a possible war with it, if Washington makes an appropriate decision. But plans for new purchases of American weapons only add fuel to the fire, given that in the light of the Arab "color revolutions" the situation in the Persian Gulf is already tense. And no matter how it happens that these weapons will be used against their own regimes by disgruntled masses of Arabian monarchies, if the “revolutionary flow” has reached them, given that the wind of democratic and political changes is already blowing on the peninsula, and the new generation of these countries wants to live by the norms of Wahhabism 18-th century.
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  1. xetai9977
    xetai9977 28 September 2013 08: 36 New
    +7
    The author asked the question and answered himself. Naturally, the principle "divide and conquer" prevails. And they get huge profits on military orders. And also use monarchies as leverage to control oil prices, that is, to prevent excessive price increases. The current prices are of little concern to the United States. After all, they buy raw materials, but sell manufactured goods and the same weapons to monarchies, that is, they still get benefits.
    1. Geisenberg
      Geisenberg 28 September 2013 11: 40 New
      +2
      Quote: xetai9977
      The author asked a question and answered himself. Naturally dominated by the principle


      I wonder where our SVR is looking. In the same place, such sweet babies can be tweaked along the Koran and led in formation in the sarter. Is there really no candidate for our own "Lawrence of Arabia" who will divorce everyone there and beguiled ...
  2. vadson
    vadson 28 September 2013 08: 42 New
    +5
    beads in exchange for resources, if the Yankees sold to the Saudis something like Ohio with some kind of minuten from this yes I would understand - a weapon. and so from the fact that the Saudis bought not a single tank the plane a helicopter or a rocket will reach or reach Washington. respectively beads.
    1. Sirocco
      Sirocco 28 September 2013 10: 09 New
      +2
      Quote: vadson
      Now, if the Yankees sold to the Saudis something like Ohio with some sort of minutemans from this, yes, I would understand - a weapon.

      Well, you so, Ohio, have not grown these sixes to such weapons. This is what the latest development surprised us in the USA. Just to match, it's not a secret that the leaders of the Arab countries are burning with love for thoroughbred horses. But seriously, the United States with these arms supplies acts like a dog that marks every corner, and a pole. Although you don’t deliver any weapons to these countries, they will still hammer nails to them, well, there aren’t competent people there, alas.
    2. Mikhail3
      Mikhail3 28 September 2013 12: 01 New
      +4
      Well, you're not entirely right. These are not "beads" at all. Americans have many years of experience in communicating and productively working with mafia groups. The so-called "monarchies of the Gulf" are actually bandit gangs caught by the British in the desert, where they were jackals near the caravan paths. They were given the status of "states" to make it easier to export resources, that's all.
      And then and now they are supplied with a weapon with which bandits can effectively solve gangster tasks - to kill defenseless people, to intimidate, to conduct the usual internecine debates ... What’s the big deal for them? Not by hand, not by brain ...
      The emergence of real states in the East is what frightens the West. But they can only cooperate with these "monarchs" of the Gulf. And they, too, can only fight like the Negro gangs in the big apple. To run into one with twenty, shoot somewhere in his direction, screwing up your eyes and peeing out of fear and immediately start yelling "EVACUAAATION !!!" No matter how many darp-shny noodles they hung on our ears ...
  3. atalef
    atalef 28 September 2013 08: 56 New
    +8
    Quote: vadson
    beads in exchange for resources,

    You can ask, probably not like many, And in return for Russian resources sold to the West, China, (practically no way to America by the way), what does Russia get? Not the same beads?
    What is the difference between Gulf monarchies and Russia? The same raw material economy, the bulk of goods purchased abroad. Forgot the difference is
    In Qatar, Dubai. UAE - a citizen of the country does not even need to work. the fact of birth is enough and they are all renters on the pipe. having free from medicine and education, to the complete absence of taxes.
    You can of course continue the list further as stupid Arabs (of the Gulf countries) buy beads for oil, but fill the picture as a whole. What does a simple citizen of this country have - for the same oil. hi
    1. mirag2
      mirag2 28 September 2013 09: 01 New
      +5
      America has its own suppliers of resources, and we have our own buyers. And we sell for what we ourselves do not produce, but we, like stupid Arabs, buy beads. So what? And we need to work, and the salary is less. And so? This is our MOTHERLAND.
    2. vadson
      vadson 28 September 2013 09: 15 New
      +3
      Quote: atalef
      Quote: vadson
      beads in exchange for resources,

      You can ask, probably not like many, And in return for Russian resources sold to the West, China, (practically no way to America by the way), what does Russia get? Not the same beads?
      What is the difference between Gulf monarchies and Russia? The same raw material economy, the bulk of goods purchased abroad. Forgot the difference is
      In Qatar, Dubai. UAE - a citizen of the country does not even need to work. the fact of birth is enough and they are all renters on the pipe. having free from medicine and education, to the complete absence of taxes.
      You can of course continue the list further as stupid Arabs (of the Gulf countries) buy beads for oil, but fill the picture as a whole. What does a simple citizen of this country have - for the same oil. hi

      One question: what will happen to the Saudis when the oil runs out? what will they do? people (not sheikhs) in a couple of decades, grandmothers will be lowered, and then what? sand trading, or terrorism?
      1. atalef
        atalef 28 September 2013 09: 42 New
        0
        One question: what will happen to the Saudis when the oil runs out?

        the same as with Russia, will have to work hard and hard
        Of course, first there will be screams, such as polymers ... they will find their own Gorbachev guilty of everything, but the fact remains. America has preserved its oil reserves and is working, does not sit on the pipe, and someone pumps and thinks there will be an endless lafa. Medvedev is right, in fact, we must move away from the commodity economy. It’s just wonderful, you’ll have to work all the same
        1. Zymran
          Zymran 28 September 2013 10: 42 New
          +1
          I don’t know for sure, but I read that tourism, not oil, is the basis of the economy, for example, the UAE.
          1. Geisenberg
            Geisenberg 28 September 2013 11: 50 New
            +3
            Quote: Zymran
            I don’t know for sure, but I read that tourism, not oil, is the basis of the economy, for example, the UAE.


            Very interesting but unlikely.
        2. piterkras
          piterkras 28 September 2013 11: 48 New
          +3
          To work like the United States, which has $ 17 billion in treasury on October 30, and is bankrupt? All your phrases that you need to work well, and then everything will be fundamentally wrong. The world is controlled by the international oligarchy, which decides how to live this or that country. The same Israel lives like this, because it is the US base in the BV. And you need to invest well in any base. The DPRK was slapped in the face by the United States in 54th, so the country is in a sarcophagus thanks to the United States. African countries are viewed as underdeveloped, the West simply siphons resources from them and seeks to kill the surplus eaters living there as quickly as possible. There is no rule in the world "whoever works well, lives well." The rule works: "Whoever sucks up better and works for the US gets more nishtyaks. And whoever is against the US gets it."
        3. Geisenberg
          Geisenberg 28 September 2013 11: 49 New
          +1
          Quote: atalef
          One question: what will happen to the Saudis when the oil runs out?

          the same as with Russia, will have to work hard and hard


          Mistake In Russia, a simple citizen has nothing to do with oil. So nothing will lose. As before, they will plant potatoes in the garden, and feed them with pigs in obedience and let them go for meat. But the Saudis come kirdyk. They can’t even breed pigs, because they don’t get to the guria in paradise.
        4. vadson
          vadson 28 September 2013 12: 26 New
          +2
          Medvedev, of course, is right only he only talks about it and doesn’t do it, but at the expense of the Saudis - who will give them the technology and scientific base for high-tech production? Roughly speaking, cucumbers in the desert will be grown at the price of gold
        5. a52333
          a52333 28 September 2013 21: 57 New
          +2
          and works, does not sit on the pipe
          This is strong !! For every dollar earned + 1 from the Fed. They work, already the fur coat is wrapped. There, in addition to banks, trade and the provision of services more, in fact, do not work. So, zeros draw.
      2. My doctor
        My doctor 28 September 2013 11: 32 New
        +2
        Answer: Tourism.
        The UAE already has a large income from the tourism sector. Of course, Bahrain is not Cairo and the cattle ordered the way there, but from this it becomes even more attractive to people. hi
    3. Geisenberg
      Geisenberg 28 September 2013 11: 46 New
      +2
      Quote: atalef
      Quote: vadson
      beads in exchange for resources,

      You can ask, probably not like many, And in return for Russian resources sold on


      Oh well, how can it be without America ... the poor there are all sobbing that they are not selling oil to them.

      Further in the text. I propose to stop comparing z.opu and finger. Qatar and all the neighboring brethren are spitting in the sea, they can be fed from the nipple by birth, only the usurpers hold the nipple there. If they want to shut down the faucet, then we’ll see what their resident has from the resource economy.

      A counter question, but what should a citizen have in order to sell another citizen? Needle what kind of buoy should it have something from someone else's business?
  4. a52333
    a52333 28 September 2013 08: 56 New
    +1
    The Saudis crossed the road to Obama, supporting the Egyptian military. It is not yet clear how, but it will "respond" to them. It seems to me that the amers are now trying to provoke a Saudi attack on Iran.
    1. RUSS
      RUSS 28 September 2013 10: 10 New
      +1
      So far, the Saudis have a small intestine, and there is no reason.
    2. alone
      alone 28 September 2013 19: 09 New
      +2
      The State Department welcomed the actions of the military towards the overthrow of the Mursi. you confused something))
  5. atalef
    atalef 28 September 2013 09: 00 New
    +1
    Quote: a52333
    The Saudis crossed Obama’s road, supporting the Egyptian military

    Sorry, but this is nonsense. those. You want to say that America was for Mursi and the Muslim brothers?

    Quote: a52333
    ... It is not yet clear how, but it will "respond" to them

    Will respond only to increased aid from the United States

    Quote: a52333
    It seems to me that the amers will now try to provoke a Saudi attack on Iran

    Well, yes the Saudis have nothing more to do. than starting a war with Iran.
    1. mirag2
      mirag2 28 September 2013 09: 04 New
      +2
      Well, al-Qaeda is waging the necessary war on the Jews with Iran and Syria. Are you glad to your volunteers?
    2. Geisenberg
      Geisenberg 28 September 2013 11: 54 New
      +2
      Quote: atalef
      Quote: a52333
      The Saudis crossed Obama’s road, supporting the Egyptian military

      Sorry, but this is nonsense. those. You want to say that America was for Mursi and the Muslim brothers?


      Boy, did you fall from the moon? And who do you think put the brothers in power? They type came by winning in a democratic way, which in Egypt had never happened? Martial law is chronic there, and then it was abruptly abolished, and it was as if by chance that a radical Islamist group came to power that the people don’t support (like Obama in the USA), which immediately began to cut the Koran from the constitution.
      1. a52333
        a52333 28 September 2013 21: 35 New
        +1
        which immediately began to cut the Koran from the constitution.
        Yeah, man, he probably rarely turns on the TV. Kosovo, Libya, Tunisia, of course, this has never happened before
  6. Chicot 1
    Chicot 1 28 September 2013 10: 51 New
    +3
    -This is not your tooth ... This is not even my tooth. This is his tooth ...
    (c) the phrase from the movie "Don't be afraid, I'm with you"

    Why are they arming? .. More than a strange question! .. They are guarding and will continue to guard the US strategic oil supply. They are even supremely allowed to consider this oil their own ...
  7. pinecone
    pinecone 28 September 2013 11: 18 New
    +1
    In his article, the author uses the abbreviation GCC, despite the fact that the member countries of this organization do not recognize the name "Persian Gulf" and call it Arabian.
    In the official name of this association, the word "Gulf" is used without any definition - simply "Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf".
  8. MIKHAN
    MIKHAN 28 September 2013 11: 55 New
    +2
    Where did the professor go again ..? Previously, it was so active ... laid out different pictures ..))) probably digs in! There is already no hope for amers .. (values ​​are taken out on submarines ..)
  9. Ivanovich47
    Ivanovich47 28 September 2013 12: 18 New
    +1
    The Americans will by all means isolate Iran from other Arab countries. This will be facilitated by Israel. He absolutely does not need the Arab countries to act as a united front in the Middle East.
    1. alone
      alone 28 September 2013 19: 27 New
      +1
      the author Efimov forgot a little that in Iran every Friday after Friday prayers in the mosques, the imams make speeches, the essence of which often lies in the fact that Mecca and Medina should be freed from the wicked by force. This is a fact that I myself heard in Tabriz.
      As for armaments, I’ll say that. Yes, the Americans undoubtedly sell weapons to the Gulf countries. But Russia, too, is trying to keep up with this. I will cite the facts of the sale of weapons made to Russia to the Gulf countries.
      1) UAE-BMP-3-415pcs. RSZO tornado-6 pcs, 6 PU skad V
      2) Kuwait-BMP-2-76pcs, BMP-3-120, RSZO tornado 27 pcs
      3) Jordan will not invest any trifle, just remember the RPG-32 Hashim plant

      the author as a patriot is probably offended that the Americans captured this undoubtedly rich market.
  10. regdan
    regdan 28 September 2013 14: 58 New
    -1
    What do you mean, why are they arming? The answer is obvious. The United States seeks to dismantle the illegally formed state of Israel.
    1. il grand casino
      il grand casino 28 September 2013 15: 01 New
      0
      That is, the fact that Stalin recognized Israel is so ... does not matter? Was the leader wrong? I don’t think that many will agree with you here ... I personally respect Stalin ... I don’t think that he was so stupid ...
      1. regdan
        regdan 28 September 2013 15: 16 New
        -2
        Israel was created to destroy it. The Americans are leaving the Middle East, they can no longer keep him. The battle for the Arctic is still ahead. Fight against Russia and China. So many global affairs are too many for Americans. It means they will leave the Middle East. Will see the House. And in this House, the illegally formed state of Israel will be destroyed. Well, not to destroy the Arabs. They have oil, gas, but what does Israel have? Nothing. Well, then Israel has no future. And as for my statement "the illegitimate state of Israel," that means the Jews had to create it. And the British created the state of Israel, bringing Jews from all over the world to Palestine like cattle in the holds of cargo ships.
  11. Bakht
    Bakht 29 September 2013 01: 23 New
    +1
    All this is money, money and nothing else. The Saudis bought weapons worth 72 billion. But when Saddam entered Kuwait, what could the Saudi army do? Armed to the teeth against the Iraqi army? What can the Saudis oppose to Iran? Let Iran have no ultra-modern weapons. For some reason, I’m sure that the monarchies themselves will not be able to protect themselves even from a pair of Iranian divisions. That is why the amers keep their AUGs there. Despite the mountains of weapons, the Saudis did not show themselves in combat. They could not even protect their holy places without the West.

    And the sale of weapons? Well, not a bad business. The king pays the States for his safety. So to speak, a covert bribe.
  12. Averias
    Averias 29 September 2013 07: 39 New
    +1
    To set the mood.

    Source: http://antizoomby.livejournal.com/