Obama’s reset: Arab spring or same old thing?

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May 17, 2011
The American Conservative
by Nick Turse  
Posted in Commentary

"For decades, the U.S. has provided military aid, facilitated the sale of weaponry, and transferred vast quantities of arms to a host of Middle Eastern despots. Arming Arab autocrats, however, isn’t only the work of presidents past. A TomDispatch analysis of Pentagon documents finds that the Obama administration has sought to send billions of dollars in weapons systems — from advanced helicopters to fighter jets — to the very regimes that have beaten, jailed, and killed pro-democracy demonstrators, journalists, and reform activists throughout the Arab Spring. The administration’s abiding support for the militaries of repressive regimes calls into question the president’s rhetoric about change." (05/17/11)


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