Antiwar Democrats laud President Biden for arms sales freeze on Saudis and UAE

 Antiwar Democrats laud President Biden for arms sales freeze on Saudis and UAE

Saudi Arabia is leading a war against Yemen—fought with U.S. weapons, logistical, and political support—that has killed thousands of civilians in aerial bombardments and tens of thousands more in an economic blockade that has exacerbated famine and intensified human suffering on a mass scale. […]

On Tuesday, Raytheon CEO Greg Hayes reportedly told participants in a company earnings call that the planned sale of 7,500 Paveway precision-guided bombs to “a customer in the Middle East [who] we can’t talk about” had been removed from the books in anticipation of the moratorium.

However, Hayes offered this sanguine prognostication: “Look… peace is not going to break out in the Middle East anytime soon. I think it remains an area where we’ll continue to see solid growth.”

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On this date at Daily Kos in 2003—War opposition still increasing:

Yet another poll is showing increased opposition to Bush’s new war in Iraq. The USA Today/CNN/Gallup Poll has opposition at 43 percent, up from 38 percent Jan 10-12. Actual support from the invasion is at 52 percent.

Of course, those numbers could move over to the “support” column if either the US or UK present evidence of Iraqi non-compliance. As of yet, all we’re hearing is the same “trust us, we have evidence” bullshit, while all CIA leads to the weapons inspectors have come up empty.

There may also be movement in the polls following the president’s SOTU address, though it will be interesting to watch how long any such “bounce” will last. And it will also be interesting how the markets react, not just the Wednesday after the speech, but two weeks out. Bush may claim to ignore polls, but it’ll be increasingly difficult to ignore his Wall Street supporters. War jitters alone continue to pound the market today.

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