2010-12-03 / Top Stories

Weiner Questions Saudi Arms Deal

The FA-18 Hornet: part of the arms deal The FA-18 Hornet: part of the arms deal Following the release of classified diplomatic cables by Wikileaks revealing that Saudi donors are the primary financiers of Sunni extremist groups like Al Qaeda, Representative Anthony Weiner released the following statement:

“The fact that Saudi Arabia is the biggest financial supporter of Al Qaeda shouldn’t surprise anyone. This is a country that fails to help us when we need it, teaches hate in its schools, and has a history of funding terrorists.

“What is surprising is that we continue to reward the Saudis with multibillion dollar arms deals like the one the White House announced while Congress was in recess last month. The leaks reveal a troubling willingness to ignore common sense and the recent history of the Saudis. It is simply bad policy.”

Earlier this month, Weiner introduced in Congress a resolution of disapproval of the arms deal with Saudi Arabia.

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