U.S. Has Supplied UAE $27B in Arms Despite Nation’s Links to Torture, Mercenaries & Child Soldiers | Democracy Now!
AMY GOODMAN: I mean, it is amazing what is happening there. You have Nick Turse reporting for Yahoo! News, “Despite denials, documents reveal U.S. training UAE forces for combat in Yemen.” The U.S. is training them. What about this U.S., UAE and Saudi relationship and the power of the military contractors that are benefiting from all of this? They’re having their heyday under President Trump.
WILLIAM HARTUNG: Well, on the UAE side, the U.S. has supplied $27 billion in weapons in the last decade, trained 5,000 troops, including those pilots, for combat. Our special forces work closely with them on the ground. And the UAE has engaged in torture. They’ve hired mercenaries and child soldiers, including from Sudan, like the Janjaweed militias. Companies like Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, Boeing are profiting directly from this war and have lobbied for these arms sales—even after the Khashoggi murder. So, you know, there’s profit. There’s criminal activity. And there’s been unswerving support from the Trump administration. So, really, it’s up to activists, who have done a tremendous job of moving the Congress, and for Congress to live up to its responsibilities, I think, if we’re going to stop this.