Saudi Arabia’s true colors are shinning brightly and they are kind of ugly. Is Rand Paul doing the right thing and should more of our representatives be following his lead?
Senators Rand Paul (R-KY) and Chris Murphy (D-CT) have introduced a bipartisan bill that would limit the transfer of arms to Saudi Arabia. The bill would add additional steps to the existing notification process which the president must go through in order to facilitate arm transfers to Saudi Arabia.
The president has to certify that Saudi Arabia is acting to protect civilians from its military actions. The president must also certify that Saudi Arabia isn’t giving funding, material support, or lethal aid to terrorist organizations, and that the Saudis are “taking necessary measures to target designated terrorist organizations”.
Paul said in a press release:
“For too long the Obama administration has not been holding countries receiving U.S. military munitions accountable in the Middle East. It is no secret that Saudi Arabia’s record on strictly targeting combatants and legitimate military targets in Yemen has been questionable. I believe, along with Sen. Murphy, that the U.S. should halt the sale of air-to-ground munitions to Saudi Arabia until Congress has conducted proper oversight and ensured that such munitions are being used in a way that is consistent with our country’s national security strategy and values.”