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

"It all started with oil" lmao big surprise.

Author — Nathan Lobo


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


Conclusion: US is the father of terrorism

Author — Tracer


Iraq: we want freedom
USA: here is your free doom

Author — محمد داخل محمد جاسم العوادي


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

Author — Caleb Nauman


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

Author — Idyllsend


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

Author — Stroller


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

until Saudi out of money and oil perhaps

Author — Nikita Lesproux


"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


Therapist: so what happened?

USA: It all started with OIL.

Author — Blue Nosed Fish


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

Author — Warotimi


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

Author — PFx


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


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

Author — Krip Killa7615


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

Also Obama: Gets Nobel Peace Prize.

Author — Andreas Egger


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

Author — Alka Kindo


Does Amnesty International say anything about human rights violation?

How come USA and UK are silent? How come they scream on Hong Kong?

Author — Susan Ananda


KSA: How much of oil do yo need?
USA: Yes

Author — لا إله إلا الله محمد رسول الله


US selling weapons to Saudi Arabia -
US: this way they can defend themselves...

Soviet Union selling weapons to Iraq and others -

Author — Arsho Ohanyan