“Ties between the two nations have expanded enormously since , as the United States has sought a steady supply of oil and a partner in the Arab world. Saudi Arabia has sought the security of protection from an international power. Other links have developed as well … the Saudi government has invested billions of dollars in American military technology and the countries’ intelligence services have shared information on terrorist threats.” Full story here.
“The Saudi denial about the use of the LAVs in Yemen has been contradicted by information published on social-media sites. Photos on the official Twitter site of the Saudi National Guard in late 2015 showed columns of combat vehicles moving near the Yemeni border that were identified by experts contacted by The Globe as Canadian-made LAVs.”
“[S]tates have continued to supply the Saudi Arabia-led coalition with weapons, including guided and general purpose aerial bombs and combat aircraft, despite stark evidence that those arms are being used to attack hospitals and other civilian objects and in other serious violations of international humanitarian law.”
“I’ve got concerns about what this bill is going to mean to America,” said Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee. “It’s the blowback to us because we’re the most involved in the world. You end up exporting your foreign policy to trial lawyers. … Obama said foreign governments would be able to act “reciprocally” and allow their courts to exercise jurisdiction over the United States and its employees for allegedly causing injuries overseas through American support to third parties. He cited as notional examples actions that might be taken overseas by U.S.-backed armed militias and the improper use by foreign forces of U.S. military equipment.”