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How the Saudis ended up with so many American weapons

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And why they want more. Become a member of the Vox Video Lab! http://bit.ly/video-lab Subscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjO Saudi Arabia and the US have a partnership that's been in the making for over seven decades. It started after World War II and survived the Iranian Revolution, the Cold War, the Gulf War, September 11, and the proliferation of conflicts across the Middle East. This whole time, the US has been selling weapons to Saudi Arabia -- now its number one customer. Saudis bought bombs, tanks, guns, and planes over the years to defend themselves from various threats. The US supplied those weapons because the Saudi’s threats have usually been a threat to the US as well. Today, there's a shift in the relationship. Saudi Arabia’s intervention in Yemen has created the worst humanitarian disaster in the world - and thrown the Middle East into chaos. The problem is, the Saudis are using US bombs to do it. Sources: US-Saudi arms agreements data: Stockholm International Peace Research Institute and the Defense Security Cooperation Agency Arab-Israeli arms race: Congressional Research Service and the Washington Institute for Near East Policy US-Saudi arms policy: Center for International Policy and the Brookings Institute Yemen airstrikes: Human Rights Watch Dahyan, Yemen, school bus bombing: Bellingcat Additional reading: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/04/09/a-saudi-princes-quest-to-remake-the-middle-east https://www.reuters.com/investigates/special-report/saudi-military/#graphic-sales https://www.fpri.org/article/2009/08/the-u-s-and-saudi-arabia-since-the-1930s/ https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/persian-gulf/1975-10-01/persian-gulf-arms-race-or-arms-control Vox.com is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out http://www.vox.com. Watch our full video catalog: http://goo.gl/IZONyE Follow Vox on Facebook: http://goo.gl/U2g06o Or Twitter: http://goo.gl/XFrZ5H
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Vox (24 days ago)
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Jan Karlsson (2 days ago)
This link only gets me back to the Vox youtube page with a disclaimer that this page is not open for purchase. Very confusing, or am I missing something?
munender singh (7 days ago)
Amer JM' (20 days ago)
Please add the Arabic language
Misagh Amiri (4 hours ago)
It was historically educational video but I believe u skipped(or maybe forgot) one important part. Iran & Iraq war which last 8 years and how the world and specially USA backed up Sadam during that time. Both west and east decided to not sell any weapon to Iran during that war and it was the whole logic of Iran to be independent on weapons and being an active player in the region since then.
Yusuf Moalim (7 hours ago)
to answer that question the USA needs to first ask it's self can we stop buying suadi oil
Ben Does Dabs (17 hours ago)
A lot of these Saudi Arabians are incompetent... the most competitive and best fighters are already in ISIS in Al Qaeda. Most of their army is just some busters
Game Auto (1 day ago)
Just wait till the oil of these idiots run out.
Mauricio Paredes (1 day ago)
This is America.... just Nuke’em
JB MONROE MUSIC (1 day ago)
Well put together content!
Elia Canales (1 day ago)
This is why we shouldn't rely on oil so much!!!!!!! Renewable energy is where we go
Anis Belabbas (1 day ago)
This was a nice piece, it's unfortunate you skipped the raising military threat of Irak, since the rise of Saddam Hussein was mounted by the C.I.A and financed by the U.S congress
WOLF 503 (1 day ago)
I like 👏🏻 how you make us The enemy but you actually forgot the war in Iraq 🤷‍♂️ and killing civilians for fun but in the end the KSA Will never broke down and I think the God we have a history and do we know it more then 1400 years and the Arabic’s tribes knows their history more than 4000 years but do you know who your grandfather is 🤣💔
WOLF 503 (1 day ago)
You actually don’t know anything about Saudi Arabia
Seal Of Apoorval (2 days ago)
Its so sad that a region with so much culture, history, natural resources, and a huge potential for growth and development in many fields including tourism is continuously plagued by war, its people mistreated, its helpless refugees seen as criminals and its immense history and culture destroyed all because certain political leaders put their interest first without a second thought towards the long term betterment.
Hazman (2 days ago)
We need to use Hydrogen Bomb on USA & Israel! They are the true evil in this world especially to the Islamic countries!
Jose Gonzalez (2 days ago)
Simple. Its obama
eismar5 (2 days ago)
An honest title for the vid would have been "Why the 'mericunts armed religious lunatics to the teeth" spoiler alert: it's the oil, duh!
She's a MYSTERY (2 days ago)
They got outsmarted 🤣🤣
Sukh (3 days ago)
Why don't US subsides electric vehicles aggressively instead of investing into deadly weapon to please their oil daddy.
Harold McBroom (3 days ago)
If the World knew the truth, the United Nations would be wiped off the face of the earth in a matter of time.   But they pit us all against each other, and we spend our time pointing our fingers at each other, instead of the true conspirators.  I am an American, and things are not always as they seem... America is a proxy... You say we are the biggest arms race dealer in the World, but whose the largest drug dealer in the World?  The United Nations!!! They infiltrate governments, and within and using that authority the UN deals drugs, and weapons through proxy, so that their own name does not get tarnished.   They are as well the LARGEST Arms Dealers in the world!  And it is the United Nations that has created ISIS, because human lives are expendable, and money is plentiful, ...for them, lives mean nothing, and can be bought at a price, regardless of the name tag attached...   Countless lives have been lost under these nametags, from the Taliban, to Al-Qaida, "ISIS" is just another nametag under which human beings are slaughtered doing the bidding of the hidden United Nations. It was the United Nations dropping bombs on people, and destabilizing the world, talking peace, while in their wake, they leave countless dead bodies!!!  Do not be deceived by the United Nations, because they have purposed in their hearts to establish World Government atop that of the existing governments around the world.    It's not just a threat to America, but to China, Russia, India, and anywhere there are those that oppose their Agenda for World Government.   If the bombs would have said Made in Russia, the blame would be elsewhere...  But everything they do is twisted and towards wickedness.
Ari Riyadh (3 days ago)
Lots of companies sell deadly weapons, it's how you use them that's important, just as people that support gun rights say, guns don't kill, people do, and a car or truck is deadly when a lunatic drives into a crowd.
jaja (4 days ago)
google it, USA basically made ISIS, Al Qauida, Taliban etc during the cold war they payd millions to them to fight against communism. Now they still give them weapons even though they have for years gotten into wrong hands.
nikhil kulkarni (4 days ago)
Amazingly done video
DT STUDIOS (4 days ago)
Wrong, Iran did not destabilise the Middle East United States of America did that those militant groups were created because of US
abadi alsharif (4 days ago)
You cant be greedy for weapons and thirst for oil at once.
M W (4 days ago)
Convince the Saudis that Iran wants to eradicate them, and then sell them weapons for billions of USD ..
Amjid Gulzar (5 days ago)
Humans are worst in this world !!! I can’t control my emotions after watching this video !!! In other words America is built on human blood 😕😕😕 such a shame to call yourself superpower !!!
deejee (5 days ago)
thats why drugs should be legal
Amin Anwar KASHGARI (5 days ago)
The Saudi don`t make the area wors or better it only protect it borders
sidra qasim (6 days ago)
Very informative
US forgein policies in the middle east is a mess. And one aspect turns out to be as true as ever, you cannot achieve the right thing, by doing wrong. As long as US forgein policies favours dictators to gain influence on oil supplies and other resources, the mess the US created in the past decades is not going to disapear by some magic...
NeeYoDeeO (6 days ago)
Proxy wars + Money + Inequality = America
LOL LUL (6 days ago)
Saudi Arabia is the biggest sponsor of terrorism in the world. So the US governement has been indirectly funding terrorism all along.
Eman M (7 days ago)
Another propaganda video by Vox. America has killed thousands in their fake wars
いいえ (7 days ago)
USA: yo Saudi Arabia you gotta stop killing yemeni civilians Saudi Arabia: but we have oil... USA: OIL???!!! GO AHEAD, ITS ONLY YEMEN
AndIAmDead (7 days ago)
at 5:53 Reagan's voice is so calming
Kerrson Jireh (8 days ago)
i hope we found oil in Philippines so us will desperately protect us from china
faisal alfaifi (8 days ago)
Fake news
faisal alfaifi (8 days ago)
It is a really bies report and aoso take side with the hothie terrorists group !!!!
Zahid Sammy (8 days ago)
I’m gay
Zahid Sammy (8 days ago)
Kreem Moh (8 days ago)
Mohammed Bin Sultan (8 days ago)
defiantly the one who made this video has no idea what is going on on the ground
Kevin McCue (8 days ago)
Yeah... You guys are all fubar. Nationalism is on the rise soon there will be a civil war. Its just a matter of time now with that dictator in the oval office. History does tend to repeat itself.
T Dutch (8 days ago)
Yemen war lords, Al Kailda, ISIS and Iran are so Happy with the Trump Saudi Arabië and UAE weapons deal. They cant wait to study and use them against the US and his soldiers.
Fahad Suliman (9 days ago)
Russia here we come <3
Lukero Gt (9 days ago)
The Saud Family are the poison in the Muslim world.
L.K (4 days ago)
Religion is the poison of this world
(O=[][]=O) (9 days ago)
Regan was a clown
Masoud Hamidi (9 days ago)
Great vid Vox, but I felt like after watching to the end I was left with more questions than answers.
Sarthak Kesarwani (10 days ago)
Americans are terrorists in suits and tie....
Blue Davis (8 days ago)
Sarthak Kesarwani well said man
The 80's Wolf (11 days ago)
It's like US actually supporting and growing the taliban, because you could not have Soviet influence a proggresive politics. Then 9/11 etc. happend. US are scumbags as always, and your people are so brainwashed its laughable.
pavan junaid (11 days ago)
15 Hijackers were from KSA and they attacked Iraq?! whoa
It all started with... OIL
Tresna Dana (11 days ago)
It's clearly Saudi Arabia is no worth for that. They destroyed their neighbor countries. But look America is the leader of free world, and why they sold weapon to countries such a North Korea in Middle East
A2 the JDM fan boy (12 days ago)
Everything went downhill for the middle East when the ottoman empire ended :(
Yusif Sadik (13 days ago)
Not even one mention of Houthi missiles striking SA. The country has the right to retaliate. Are we suppose to sit idle while Iran’s plans the invasion of many sovereign states? Biased media that does not illustrate the full and complex nature of this situation.
sundawg911 (13 days ago)
No they won't stop selling. War makes people money. Regan speech about it being mutual beneficial was total BS. The American and Russian governments are probably just hoping the Middle-East entirely destroys themselves.
Peter Edy Priyanto (14 days ago)
US needs their reliable terrorists
Chris Jagz (14 days ago)
Excellent channel. Love all your content
irfan akram (14 days ago)
What I understand is Now USA will stop giving weapons Saudi Arabia. And will support other countries to invade Saudi Arabia. And then there will battle of malhama (3rd world War)
Agrie Mizan (14 days ago)
Shoficul islam (14 days ago)
D.T: 525 million Dollars that's peanuts for You.. S.P: lmao..
Pasha (14 days ago)
"Now the middle east is falling apart and Saudi Arabia is using US weapons to make it worse" quote from your opening video. Why would you assume that it's making it worse?
tree fiddy (16 days ago)
Keep selling weapons
Andrii zzstu Pyhyk (16 days ago)
Money is the funding of Evil
Benjamin Granby (16 days ago)
Good video, but it left out the now public secret deal the US and KSA struck in 1974, where the US Treasury Secretary made a deal where KSA agreed to support the US in case of another oil embargo and bolster the US treasury with petro-dollars in exchange for weapons deals. There have been numerous mainstream articles published on this topic since 2016.
ish (17 days ago)
You should mention that the last weapons deal “Trump made” was prearranged before he got into office by the Obama administration..
Michael Owino (17 days ago)
life1 system (17 days ago)
😝 we going to win,
ivyshaolin (18 days ago)
crazy how many of the 9/11 was by mostly saudi who the us had provided weapons for but in that propelling war
Meshari Alkahtani (18 days ago)
We own America, not just their weapons. 🇸🇦🇮🇱🇷🇺
Liam Anderson (18 days ago)
does russia export weapons to iran?
The Solicitor (18 days ago)
Saudi Arabia and Iran fight because each one of tjem wants to control the Muslim world and the Ummah doesn't want to be controlled by any of those countries 😂 both are highly corrupt, radical, brainwashed and extreme in their ways of thinking. Nationalism is poison. They fight, kill and torture but there will come a time when Arabs will realize what they're doing is stupid and will unite under one man and overthrow all dictators. People love each other, leaders kill each other
The Solicitor (18 days ago)
Arabs shouldn't be given weapons, period.
Abdul Muiz (19 days ago)
Assalamualaikum,Hai i from Brunei Darussalam.I just to make clear until when all muslim fighting each other because of oil,weapon and power?
Seeker 7 (19 days ago)
Had to stop watching to comment. Forgive my ignorance, but after knowing that 15 of 19 of the attackers on 911 were Saudis, we responded by selling arms to Saudi Arabia, and going to war in Iraq on their behalf? Unbelievable. And I remember all the speeches by Bush talking about the attack on our country and arguing for going to war in Iraq because of it. I kept thinking "why is he bringing Iraq into it". What principals were or are at work here, because it clearly wasn't what we were told.
Sarkis khachatryan (20 days ago)
Can you juste delimit the Republic of Artsakh( Nagorno-karabakh) on the map ! If South Ossetia and Golan are represented as an autonomous region, Karabakh should be represented as a separatist region on the map
Fact Check (20 days ago)
What do you expect in wars? Do you think it's like a game winning over night? Or launching flowers. This war wouldn't happen if Iran didn't smuggle weapons to Houthi terrorists and other terrorists like Al-Qadea who admit they did 9/11. Having people from a different country to do your dirty work doesn't sway the Mastermind.
Soham Mukhopadhyay (20 days ago)
Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize and approved the most arms sale to Saudis in US history! oh what an irony!
hell bird (20 days ago)
O my god u people killing children ..and than making video..i know world politics is complex but this should never happen m sad ..there is no one to stop US world need to change more superpower need to rise to balance power..m from india..china and india is on way..hope we get there soon :(
CozmicSaber's Opinions (21 days ago)
LMAO, The comment section is full of US hater while most of their countries are doing the same thing.
Yogurt Man 2.0 (17 days ago)
the scale is important
Alex Alsmadi (21 days ago)
There was no Israeli in 1938. It was Palestine
Skeetrix (22 days ago)
Good job minimizing Iran's attempts to take over Yemen
eip81 (23 days ago)
"How the Saudis ended up with so many American weapons" Answer: the US military-industrial complex needs customers! The Saudis (which supplied 15 out of 19 hijackers on 9/11) is a reliable "ally" of the US because it keeps buying weapons from oil sales - the perfect poodle for the military-industrial complex. In reality, the Wahhabist regime is the cancer of West Asia!
demigodnz (23 days ago)
saudi arabi are nothing more the raghead terrorist!!! lets be honest now
Al kis (23 days ago)
Simple.. because of UK/SWE/ISAEL/AMERICA,
I guss KSA After 75years will be ranked at world 6-1 (KSA is so powerful) wow.
bestplayer08 (23 days ago)
America = The two face who wearing batman suit.
Coleman Grunau (25 days ago)
Oh yeah yeah
vhtriyok (26 days ago)
We preach PEACE and Democracy! --> becomes the biggest Weapons Dealer in the world. Loses all credibility.
A-B-D PRODUCTION (26 days ago)
If not trustworthy allies. Saudi Next move is to buy from Russia
Oo0 z (26 days ago)
America is the real terrorism
Herjolfsson (27 days ago)
Iran had emerged as an ally of the US ?    Really is that what happened   well it is not a lye  But itis just like saying -The us took over The Abu Ghraib prison and it did not go wel. l       in my option that’s not good journalism . a story like that has to have the sad chapter  about how the CIA colonial style ocupation of Iran  and  the fact that the us goverment  stole a big portion of Iran annual oil production for decades.  it is a simple fact we all know  VOX claiming that they are  neutral  -well they just proved  they are not
R M. (27 days ago)
Americans, while most of your tax dollars go to propping up a bloated military that goes around sowing discord abroad, the federal gov't sends weapons to royalty in SA where human rights and democracy don't exist. Are you guys ok with all this?
behnam vahdati (28 days ago)
As an Iranian the situation worries me. I really feel for the people of Yemen. I wish all middle easy could unite under one flag
[email protected] (28 days ago)
So, Obama is a war-criminal?
Craig Dillon (29 days ago)
Why does United States need Saudi Arabia? We are self sufficient in oil due to fracking. Moreover, oil is declining as a strategic resource. We are moving fairly rapidly towards a renewable energy global infrastructure. Electric cars are projected to outsell gasoline cars by 2025 to 2030. The importance of Saudi Arabia is less than it was. Soon, it won't be important at all. Let the Russians get blamed for supporting dictators. The US should start supporting democracy and the rule of law, and get out of the "propping up dictators" business.
kiDkiDkiD12 (28 days ago)
If your only thinking about it in terms of oil then your only understanding 1 percent of the picture. Its about Power and Influence. Watch the video, they even said that the more weapons USA sells to the Saudi the more Powerful America becomes. Geopolitics
mr007ocean (29 days ago)
Who has been profiting from a destabilised middle east and extravagant arms purchase, USA, USA, USA !! (scuff Hypocrites)
mr007ocean (28 days ago)
+kiDkiDkiD12 America won't let them buy Russian or Chinese. In the Muslim world its percepted as though the Saudis are a puppets of the Americans. Who won't deviate from there masters wish.
kiDkiDkiD12 (28 days ago)
Oh would you prefer the Russians or Chinese to sell them weapons???? Just because they prefer American weapons over Russian or Chinese dosent mean its bad
Tawakalna (30 days ago)
With the amount of weapons Saudi Arabia has, Iran does not stand a chance if it ever get any ideas to attack Arabian Gulf countries.
Herjolfsson (27 days ago)
Well at least Iran has enough pilots for there jet  i dont think the westren  Rent a pilot in the Saudi army  will stay and play ? -And  we dont have clue what Iran has we only ?know what the uk/us  goverments aproves and then it is deliverd by main stream media and the thruth  is totally irilivent
Jarod Farrant (30 days ago)
America does America still but Saudi oil? They don’t need it. With advances in renewable power fracking And offshore drilling does America really need it?
Alexander Mills (1 month ago)
The US Government at work
George Andrews (1 month ago)
The Saudi family runs the USA. That is why both George Bushes said they are their family....

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