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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 (3 months ago)
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afyon afyon (19 days ago)
make a video about america giving isreal free weapons to do to gaza what the ksa is doing in yemen .oh and the billions in aid and tech support and the isreali spying and stealing of classified data
ThisIsMyRealName (23 days ago)
Next Video: "How did the Saudis end up with so many Yemeni corpses blood on their hands?"
Fahad Alhumoudi (1 month ago)
Most of the things u said were wrong
zty mo (2 months ago)
Hence , of your squalor , try to economize the impavid lying on your vast purse . HUSH UP . Duckweeds ..
zty mo (2 months ago)
Don't try to white-wash your country , your racism and chauvanism aquintance-across your country's long-sleeved squalor. 😪😪🧟‍♀️
Paul Kenny (2 hours ago)
Why trump doesn’t care about the Saudi attack on 911, money, money,money, and his own psyhopatic
Ogas on top (8 hours ago)
these million dollars didnt get into my pocket lol where is it going
battlefield fan (11 hours ago)
OMAR_515 (12 hours ago)
كلو زق انتو واعلامكم المخيس اللي يبغا يشوه صورة السعودية بأي شكل من الأشكال لكن السعودية باقيه وفي تطور ملحوظ وغصب عنكم وتاج على راسكم شئتم ام ابيتم
سام صالح Cca (1 day ago)
I am from Yemen and you are the reason to prolong the flame so that you can sell your dirty weapons
سام صالح Cca (1 day ago)
Why do not you ask your country to stop supporting Houthi terrorists instead of selling weapons?
cronikproductions (1 day ago)
Gotta get that money I guess
35 05 (1 day ago)
كل العرب بحاجة لشرب الكثير من التبييض
MK Tech (1 day ago)
subhanAllah Saudi dont have faith in Allah they forgot their past Battle of Badr 13 March 624 CE victory .the arms were not buyed from karif.A big Lanat to them.specially to the saudi who is reading this
DrSmallarms (2 days ago)
Why does the US buy oil from Saudi Arabia when they can get All the oil they need from Canada
Yung Swaggot (2 days ago)
Money > Everything. It's almost as if the political landscape is constantly shifting and who your allies are now, won't be the same in 10, 20, 50 years....
Craz (2 days ago)
I love criticism against first world countries. Great job Vox!
Zaph Hood (3 days ago)
Bullshit. Money makes peace.
frankpinmtl (3 days ago)
Much of the problems in the middle east began when the CIA overthrew Mossadegh, a moderate elected intellectual, in Iran and replaced him with the Shah, a brutal dictator - for oil. This led to the 1979 Embassy being overrun and the Ayatollah put in power. What a mess
brandon chan (3 days ago)
Just not use oil to reduce our independence on Saudi Arabia
GAMO pistol (3 days ago)
its like giving a gun to a kid
xd silvernickel (3 days ago)
2:10 you missed libya, tunisia, and algeria
Keith Savage (3 days ago)
I'd go to war if there was oil. Oil is meth. Oil is life.
Judge Dredd (3 days ago)
Why is it, that the usa can supply weapons to other countries, yet when someone else wants to do it. they get arrested... funny that eh
Muath ALFALLAJ (4 days ago)
Why dont you mention the saudi civilian children and women who died by the ballistic missile launched from Yemen by Huthis on civilian regions randomly , this is misleading , why dont you mention what Israel did to palistinian people .
Susee TW (4 days ago)
Best made videos on youtube. Vox visual design team is insanely cool.
Magpie (4 days ago)
If we find alternatives to oil, then we wouldn't need dependence on them. But that seems unlikey to happen
Rabbi David Orbach (4 days ago)
Why should the Christians, the Jews and the Atheists be sad because the Arabs kill each other ? The Islamic World Organization is an immense empire made of 57 Muslim States. But the word Arab means TRIBE, which means a lot of tribal war. In the beginning of the movie Lawrence of Arabia, we can see Omar Sharif killing an Arab. And Peter O'Toole ask 'Why did you kill him, he is an Arab like you. And Omar Sharif says " He is from another tribe and he was drinking from our well, so I killed him .
mohammed mosa (4 days ago)
this not true US also sale weapons to yemen and houthi is one hold it now. so if u saw US weapons there does not mean that was saudi and also houthi is lying They are transferring the wreckage of the rockets to locations that are later chosen to stir up the world against Saudi Arabia. They also use the bodies of the children several times in several locations to be against the Saudis transfare just act
addicted gamer (4 days ago)
Also if they is so much proof of 🇸🇦 & the other arab countries abusing the use of high tech weapons, especially video proof why isnt either the UN actually pressuring the Arabs to stop or the Arabs can decide to stop themselves if they've already been pretty much exposed for wae crimes
addicted gamer (4 days ago)
Why cant 🇸🇦 just develop their own weapon systems
S W A D A (5 days ago)
Denarius Wright (5 days ago)
this video overstates Saudi collateral damage in Yemen..what about the hundreds of thousands of Pakistani, Iraqi, and Afghan citizens murdered by US military operations.....war always breeds collateral damage thats why wars must be avoided when possible (Like the unjustifies invasion of sovereign Iraq)
ThermarX (5 days ago)
Denarius Wright Yemen has been destroyed by Saudi Arabia and USA to the point where Yemen doesn’t even have enough airports and is ranked as the most dangerous country in the world. (I am Yemeni btw)
Matt Dill (6 days ago)
6:26 maybe they should and we'll get less dangerous drugs that kill thousands of people due to bad ingredients and unknown strength.
ClarksonsinUSA (6 days ago)
Vox America kills a million of its own unborn children ever year,where is your Outrage???
ClarksonsinUSA (6 days ago)
And if the US did not sell to Saudi,they would buy from Russia/China/ect!!! And those high paying jobs would be going some where else!!
m0rthaus (4 days ago)
Well you seem to have missed the whole point of the video. The US leaders claim they have control over the Saudi's use of the weapons and THAT is the reason they sell them weapons instead of allowing China or Russia to do it (presuably with less strings attached). America can't claim the moral high ground AND be willing to do business with one of the most brutal dictatorships in the world. Saudi Arabia - the only country in the world where they still have public executions (usually by beheading), for crimes such as "apostasy" (converting to another religion from Islam), homosexuality, blasphemy, and even crimes for which there is no legal definition and they can arbitrarily choose political or personal enemies to be executed by - such as 'witchcraft' and 'sorcery'. This in addition to being happy to murder journalists and bomb school buses full of kids - but hey if you're cool with that just so your high paying jobs stay in America, then maybe you're not the target demographic for this video..
pillar 43 (6 days ago)
f2q_z (6 days ago)
Da Wootzi (6 days ago)
Shieeet man... life is life. Just give us oil
Abdo dz (7 days ago)
I'm glad that I sub to your channel
Bo Lee (7 days ago)
oh, Trump is so protrudent in this serious video. While the anchor is explaining how serious the problem is, all of a sudden, there is Trump pointing at a picture to make sentenses with numbers. If i were the teacher, i would give him an A. "good job, donny. here is a candy"
YUSKHAN (8 days ago)
Thier all being destroyed by the Houthis 🇾🇪
Jaber Tagi (8 days ago)
"The US ultimately decided to sell its fighter jet to Isreal" Is this all you are going to say about it!? It's all about Israel, they own the US and are controlling your country
Harsimran Kohli (8 days ago)
Why they attack children.?? they just wanna live in peaceful and happy environment its just sad how cruel we as a human become no one has a right to take life of inncoent people..
Harsimran Kohli (8 days ago)
In every conflict going on in this world USA has been involved in it...
Smart Joe (4 days ago)
Arabs have always been Involved in trouble since god knows when.
Harsimran Kohli (8 days ago)
*O* *I* *L*
I feel countries should invest in making their own weapons and not rely on USA or anyone else
Sparkling Sonador (8 days ago)
America trigger the war to sell it's weapons and to invade and take oil from these oil rich middle East countries . The greatest terrorist in the world is America . Who not only kill but also an economic terrorist
Eleni blackqueen (9 days ago)
Saudi and america are crazy as jew I don't want isreal to make peace with saudi and please america stop give weapons look what happening in yemen.
Eleni blackqueen (9 days ago)
+Aly Ati you know the most thing I hate about muslims is not about their religion but their mentality and mindset they was not the first person to hate jewish and Christian but their prophet and their Quran I have ex muslim friend who converted to judasim and he read Quran even he told me they hate jewish and Christian who are kafirs morethan they love their children
Eleni blackqueen (9 days ago)
+Aly Ati you know what I think you need to read history you know how many time isreal offer them peace 4 times in 1947, 1967,2000,2008 they offer them two states but they don't want that
Aly Ati (9 days ago)
+Eleni blackqueen they do it because it is their land and they want it back. What you called it "Israel" kill their people and take their land. they still suffer from it.
Eleni blackqueen (9 days ago)
+Aly Ati it their fault they always come to isreal border and kill soldiers and they are terriost they always wanted to take over isreal and you don't know what is happening in isreal if you don't live there
Aly Ati (9 days ago)
I think you should look to what is happening in Palestine first.
Rafiq GuLshan (9 days ago)
We got to learn us policies have made it a global terrorist with saudi regime a cruel and selfish regime israel and usa have made middle east a hell to live you will end up badly with these policies for sure
Pauldanne Lachica (9 days ago)
that why elon musk is killing oil
Shahnid Ismail (10 days ago)
It's a business. That's why they are selling it.
kgassf ALF (11 days ago)
How to destroy the United States? Two States (Iraq, Afghanistan). For your information: Twenty years later, the killings in these two countries continued.
Yu Suzuki (11 days ago)
Oil is not the only thing that drives this perpetual conflict. There are Evangelical Christians who want to hasten on the Second Coming of Jesus so support more wars. The Zionist Jews also want to fulfill Old Testament prophecy by annexing Egypt and Iraq. The Yinon Plan is in action
Saudi سعودي (11 days ago)
The Saudi hijackers😂 Man some of them look so cute and peaceful for hijacking
sylvia leask (12 days ago)
Because they fight Iran
Curtis Carpenter (12 days ago)
A alliance should be based on a shared interest and achieve that interest, nothing further than that.
Fossil Diver (13 days ago)
Trump wants to sell them $110 Billion dollars worth of weapons. It would be the largest arms deal in history. Trumptards don't care
mplewp (13 days ago)
just 0.05 % of a much more complex story.
Mukund Shivakumar (13 days ago)
the guy on the right looks like a deflated richard nixon 4:00
calum bradbury (14 days ago)
along aslong as the money keeps going to usa the weapons will keep going out
Samuel Tantala (14 days ago)
Quite informative
Tuco Remirez (14 days ago)
Our government here in America are nothing but thugs... war criminal murderous arms dealers. Hopefully they will hang for their crimes soon.. Everyone here in America would love to see that justice finally happen.
aya 123 (15 days ago)
Americans acting like they are a peacful country is the funny thing in all this.
Peter Yermishkin (15 days ago)
7:58 wait, so the guys America is selling weapons to and the guys Russia is selling weapons to are on the same side of the war?
SomeRandomPerson 35 (16 days ago)
Son-Dad,why did mom name my sister peace dad-Because she thought there needs to be more peace in the world Son-Thx dad Dad-You're welcome,Oil
leo86 NZ (17 days ago)
9/11 inside job
adam b (18 days ago)
War is coming
Ahmed S (18 days ago)
"They are only worth a couple of dollars, so give them money why not!" Lool
Nikola Srećković (19 days ago)
Vox: why US sells weapons to Saudis ( makes a whole video about it) Me: FOR MONEY 💰 💰 💰
afyon afyon (19 days ago)
no video about america giving free of charge weapons to isreal to do to gaza ,what ksa is doing to yemen . maybe because vox has many jews workimg in it
KSA good🇸🇦🇸🇦
Now or Never (20 days ago)
US would even sell weapons to North Korea and Russia if the price was right. btw US gives most advanced weapons to Israel free of charge every year.
Kc Agbara (19 days ago)
Hahaha 😂,they too believe their self,
Now or Never (20 days ago)
Remember, what goes around comes around, sooner or later.
Now or Never (20 days ago)
All US congressmen are Jews and in favor of war and selling weapons to Saudi Arabia.
Now or Never (20 days ago)
War is a huge business for the US regardless of who's right or wrong.
Viz (18 days ago)
Ofcourse thanks to trump now each and every country is warmongering against their neighbours
Paul Rice (21 days ago)
If they don’t but their weapons from the US, they will buy them from France 🇫🇷, or Russia 🇷🇺. France 🇫🇷 and Russians don’t give a damn, France 🇫🇷 needs the money 💰.
Lucas Rueco (21 days ago)
alfian saputra (21 days ago)
where is Justin Y 😒
Have a Nice Day (21 days ago)
So what .  Merica!
Ufaq Reyaz (21 days ago)
Syria, yemen, iraq! The damage clearly has been done! KSA and the US are evils
Viz (18 days ago)
This is so wrong..
Zach Glowczynski (22 days ago)
It’s like two parents giving toys to children and just watching what happens
the old saudi kings were the best and im arab and and british
hashir ijaz (24 days ago)
america is just putting middle east to war by giving their weapons so when the whole middle east collides due to the war so israel and usa can capture the whole middle east and oil reserves write it this is future notes
USA is destroying whole middle east...by proxy war...
I’m Here (23 days ago)
abdulrhman alrabiah (24 days ago)
You forgot Obama how he deal with iran to exports yaman and iraq and kill people in sirya
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Red Skittles (25 days ago)
jimboblordofeskimos (22 days ago)
MetalizedButt (25 days ago)
SAUDI ARABIA: sell me weapons U.S.A: No can’t do SAUDI ARABIA: I have oil and money U.S.A: Done deal 🤝
Azogtic Metroskik (1 day ago)
Wow, you're really being sarcastic.
Harsimran Kohli (8 days ago)
MetalizedButt (25 days ago)
U.S is the most evil and greedy country in the world
SuricJUL (5 days ago)
*Meanwhile China and Russia laugh in the background*
Zen = Yen 🔴 (25 days ago)
with alternative energy and fuel tech.. there will be a twist in the story 50 years hence. I might be old and then, but you guys will be around to witness the change.
Grant Stievater (26 days ago)
Vox is acting like the middle east was ever peaceful...They need to brush up on their history. It's Geo-politics, you don't win wars because you support the people on the moral high ground, you win wars because you support the guy with the biggest stick and most to offer.
Suhaib Almadani (26 days ago)
Saudi arabia is my country and i love it
aku taktahu (26 days ago)
How about Israel?how about israel criminal act on Palestinians?
حمد الحمدي (26 days ago)
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Mike T (27 days ago)
People will still lie and tell you obama was the greatest.
K Spear (27 days ago)
Saleh Saadi (27 days ago)
At the end the Yemen's citizens suffer 😫
king spartann (27 days ago)
Us will come up with the genuis plan now.. Invade Saudi
king spartann (27 days ago)
Because US is Satan..obviously
I'm Not Aving That (28 days ago)
Take away america, which I love,, and the world is a better place
Amazing video!
ArmyVet Bustah (28 days ago)
America loves oil
hM (28 days ago)

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