How the Saudis ended up with so many American weapons

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How the Saudis ended up with so many American weapons 4.5

And why they want more.

Saudi Arabia and the US have a partnership that's been in the making for over seven decades. It started after World War II and survived the Iranian Revolution, the Cold War, the Gulf War, September 11, and the proliferation of conflicts across the Middle East. This whole time, the US has been selling weapons to Saudi Arabia -- now its number one customer. Saudis bought bombs, tanks, guns, and planes over the years to defend themselves from various threats. The US supplied those weapons because the Saudi’s threats have usually been a threat to the US as well.

Today, there's a shift in the relationship. Saudi Arabia’s intervention in Yemen has created the worst humanitarian disaster in the world - and thrown the Middle East into chaos. The problem is, the Saudis are using US bombs to do it.

US-Saudi arms agreements data: Stockholm International Peace Research Institute and the Defense Security Cooperation Agency
Arab-Israeli arms race: Congressional Research Service and the Washington Institute for Near East Policy
US-Saudi arms policy: Center for International Policy and the Brookings Institute
Yemen airstrikes: Human Rights Watch
Dahyan, Yemen, school bus bombing: Bellingcat

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💬 Comments on the video

Obama: Sells over 40 Billion $ worth of weapons to Saudi Arabia

Also Obama: Gets Nobel Peace Prize.

Author — Andreas Egger


It’s sad Vox forgot to mention that the US overthrew the democratically elected government in Iran a decade before the revolution!

Author — Caleb Nauman


USA: How much weapons do you need?
Saudis: YES!

Author — Stroller


The Middle East is unstable due to America’s multiple interventions in the past 50 plus years.

Author — Caleb Nauman


"when the US actually stop selling weapons to Saudi Arabia?"

until Saudi out of money and oil perhaps

Author — Nikita Lesproux


"It all started with oil" lmao big surprise.

Author — Nathan Lobo


*_UN: Stop giving Saudi Arabia weapons._*
*_US: But oil!_*

Author — The Mr. Man


"So Saudi Arabia started using its weapons... aggressively"
I wonder how you use weapons...

Author — SameerSlash


I'm amazed at the editing of this video and also the graphics in the video like the animated chart.

Author — Syed Abdul Halim


Seems like an oily conflict, let’s move on to electric and renewable.

Author — PFx


19 hijackers were Saudi Arabian,
oh, let us invade Iraq.

Author — Idyllsend


I love how oman is watching mid east while eating popcorn lol its soo neutral

Author — ALZA


Saudi: we are going to invade Yemen
USA: Stonks.

Author — Krip Killa7615


One simple answer: America sold the weapons for gaining tons of money and oil.

Author — Vitto Prince


It's the innocent people who aim for good happy life with their family getting crushed in all this.

Author — Alka Kindo


SAUDI ARABIA: sell me weapons
U.S.A: No can’t do
SAUDI ARABIA: I have oil and money
U.S.A: Done deal 🤝

Author — MetalizedButt


I shook my head when Trump told the crown prince “that’s peanuts for you” it’s really all about the money

Author — Warotimi


U.S.: Sells weapons to both Iran and Saudi Arabia
Iran and Saudi Arabia: use those weapons to fight each other
U.S.: *suprised pikachu*

Author — Akorn


Its jul 2019

US: let us not end the war and take our troops to Saudi Arabia supporting "children killers" I mean democracy ..

Author — Sam Ymn


"It all started with oil"

Author — PointBlank00