The State Department recently approved a multi-million dollar sale in helicopter maintenance to Saudi Arabia as the Saudi military continues to commit war crimes in Yemen. At $500 million, this deal will add to the billions of dollars worth of arms the U.S. will sell this year. This deal shows that Biden is maintaining the status quo when it comes to weapons sales.
Have you ever wondered how these kinds of sales happen? Why there’s so little transparency about massive arms sales to places like Saudi Arabia, Israel, and Taiwan? It’s a complicated process, but CODEPINK’s new Call to Disarm campaign is here to make it simple.
Understanding how exactly the U.S. goes about selling half a billion dollars in military support is the first step at stopping the arms trade. Once we know how it works, we can disrupt it. It’s not just about stopping arms sales to Saudi Arabia. It’s about stopping ALL arms sales forever. Whether it’s helicopter parts or guns, weapons make the world less safe for everyone.