The U.S. government is on track to approve nearly $40 billion in foreign military sales in the 2016 fiscal year that ends October 1, down from $46.6 billion last year, a top Pentagon official said on Wednesday....Bashar al-Assad, Syria's president, may be a lying sack of shit from the U.S. point of view for accusing the West of terrorist support in his neck of the woods, but if arms sales are a yardstick, perhaps he has a point.
U.S. industry officials and top military officials have become increasingly vocal in expressing concerns about delays in approving fighter jet sales to U.S. allies in the Gulf and other deals....
He acknowledged that increased demand for U.S. weapons was creating strains for the government agencies that must evaluate such requests and then process the resulting contracts.
“The coalition has failed and has no real impact on the ground,” he said. “At the same time, countries like Turkey, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and western countries which provide cover for terrorism like France, the United States, or others, cannot fight terrorism. You cannot be with and against terrorism at the same time.”I have a hunch it's not so much that Assad is a dictator that concerns the U.S. What does concern the U.S. is that he is not yet our dictator.