Saudi Arabia Responds to Iran Deal: Give Us 600 Patriot Missiles – Defense One

Just two weeks after Western nations and Tehran struck a deal to limit Iran’s nuclear program, the Pentagon says Saudi Arabia wants to buy 600 new Patriot missile interceptors.

The $5 billion-plus purchase is likely just the first of many more as America’s Middle Eastern allies arm themselves in response to the nuclear deal, which would lift Iran’s conventional-arms embargo sanctions in five years and sanctions on long-range missile projects in eight.

“We saw this coming,” said Thomas Karako, a missile defense expert with the Center for Strategic and International Studies. “This is the consequence of leaving the Iranian missile program intact and in fact signaling sanctions will go down on it.”

via Saudi Arabia Responds to Iran Deal: Give Us 600 Patriot Missiles – Defense One.

:0  <— shocked face.

I mean, how is it that after Obama’s peace program of dealing with Iran, the arms race in the Gulf is picking up steam?

5 thoughts on “Saudi Arabia Responds to Iran Deal: Give Us 600 Patriot Missiles – Defense One”

  1. The conspiracy theorist in me suggests that the Iran deal is just a ploy to sell more weapons to everyone else over there.

    The realist in me smashes this theory by pointing out the admin is incompetent and narcissistic, and such complex machinations are beyond their ability to execute.

  2. Big payday for Raytheon if that happens. If you ask me, Raytheon just might be behind the whole Iran deal. Maybe throw in a few PAC-3s so that Lockheed can make some dough too.

  3. Just as an aside, I just received a ‘phone call from a group working to get Congress to vote against this deal and the person with whom I spoke transferred the call to my congresscriter’s office so that I could let my views be known.

    Paul

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