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As America remembers the attacks on the Twin Towers, the Bush administration continues to fund various Arab states with billions of U.S. tax dollars.
First, it needs to be noted that it was the U.S. government that years ago provided Iran with the Tehran Research Reactor and the weapons-grade uranium needed to power the facility-fuel that could still be used to help produce nuclear arms. Yes, Martha, you heard right. It was the U.S. government that supplied Iran with a major nuclear facility-the same facility that President Bush now insists must be destroyed.
Yet, it appears that government leaders learn nothing from the past.
Just recently, the Bush administration announced plans to sell $4.6 billion worth of arms to several Arab states including the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Jordan, Oman, and Saudi Arabia. Military equipment listed for transfer to the Muslim states include UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter gunships, AH-64 Apache helicopters, M113A1 armored personnel carriers, Javelin anti-tank missiles, and modernized MA1 Abrams tanks outfitted with such things as air-conditioning and infrared sights for commanders and gunners.
Even more paradoxical is the fact that the Bush administration recently offered citizens of Saudi Arabia scholarships to study aviation in the United States. Can you believe this?
On June 20, 2006, World Net Daily reported, "According to the Saudi publication Arab News, majors related to the airline transport industry are eligible, including communications, electrical and computer engineering, computer science, systems analysis, air traffic control and flight safety.
"Some of the 9-11 hijackers are known to have been trained at aviation schools in the U.S.
"The new program arose from an agreement in April by President Bush and then-Crown Prince Abdullah aimed at improving relations between the two nations."
Improving relations? How in the world could relations be any cozier? How many invitations have Saudi leaders been given to Bush's Crawford, Texas ranch? How many times have we seen Bush and Saudi sheiks strolling hand in hand down Lover's Lane? Give me a break!
The fact is, relations between Saudi mega-corporations, Saudi king-pins (including Osama Bin Laden) and the Bush dynasty are well researched. As an example, just Google Bush and the Carlyle Group, and see what pops up. Try it!
One would think that after decades of meddling with other nations' internal affairs, decades of propping up two-bit despots only to later have to send American soldiers to fight and die trying to depose the same people, and decades of sending billions and billions of hard earned tax dollars all over the world, the American people would have had enough! Apparently not, because our government still does it and the American people continue to put up with it.
So, while the U.S. government continues to send billions of dollars in foreign aid all over the planet to people and nations that, for the most part, hate our guts and do everything they can to make our lives miserable, our veterans have to fight like junk-yard dogs just to get the medical care they deserve and were promised.
I'm not a proponent of expecting the federal government to fund every local and state project, program, or even emergency, but think what billions of dollars marked for foreign aid could do right here in the good old U.S. of A. Better yet, think what could happen if the federal government simply got out of our wallets and off our backs altogether!
So, the next time you hear President Bush talk about the Twin Towers, national security, and the war on terrorism, remember those billion-dollar sales to Arab states in the Middle East and keep telling yourself it all makes sense.