Clearly, the Middle East needs more weapons. Particularly in the hands of the Saudi regime, which is one of the most hateful on the planet. But perhaps it is time to butter up some Arab princelings in the kingdom "responsible for almost one-third of OPEC’s total output."
Coinciding with Bush’s trip, the Bush administration in Washington notified Congress on Monday that it will offer Saudi Arabia the chance to buy sophisticated Joint Direct Attack Munitions — or “smart bomb” — technology and related equipment, the State Department said. The administration envisions the transfer of 900 of the precision-guided bomb kits, worth $123 million, that would give the kingdom’s armed forces highly accurate targeting abilities.
The sale is part of an overall $20 billion weapons package for Saudi Arabia, administration officials say. (1)
1 - 'Bush in Saudi Arabia with major weapons deal,' unattributed AP article, 14th of January, 2008. (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22644928/)
2 - ibid.