Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Freedom and Democracy, US Style.

Hypocrisy? You decide:

PRESIDENT George W. Bush has tried to counter Iran's growing military clout by committing to a major arms sale to Saudi Arabia.

Just hours after his arrival for the first time in Riyadh, the US Administration said it had notified Congress of its intention to offer the Saudis a controversial package of advanced weaponry as part of a multi-billion-dollar deal with Gulf Arab allies.

Precision-guided bomb kits, or "smart bombs", would give the country's armed forces highly accurate targeting abilities.

But the deal has raised concerns in Israel and among some of its allies about the military balance of power in the region.