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Arms Deal Stories Omit War Crimes Arms Will Be Used For
Adam Johnson, FAIR, May 22 2017

CNBCTrumpsDealsReports on the Trump/Saudi arm deals focused on who would get paid
–and ignored who it would cost.

The Trump administration wrapped up a weapons deal with the Toads this week that will be worth up to $350b over the next ten years. News of the deal came as Trump visited Riyadh and paid fealty to one of Pindostan’s most treacherous vassals in the Middle East. The vast majority of the reports on the topic, however, omitted a rather key piece of context, namely, whom the weapons will be used to kill. The famine and brutal two-year-long war in Yemen being waged by the Toads that has killed over 10,000 civilians wasn’t mentioned once in reports of the $300b deal with the Toads by CNN (5/19/17 & 5/20/17), WaPo (5/19/17), the Independent (5/19/17), NY Daily News (5/20/17), CNBC (5/20/17, 5/22/17), CBS News (5/20/17), Business Insider (5/20/17), Time (5/20/17), Fox News (5/20/17), Reuters (5/20/17), ABC News (5/20/17), Fortune Magazine (5/20/17) or Chicago Tribune (5/20/17). The arms deal was typically framed in vague “security” terms, with an emphasis on the role of the Toads in fighting “terrorism,” such as Fox News’s “The White House says the package includes defense equipment … to help the Arab nation and the rest of the Gulf region fight against terrorism” (5/20/17), despite the fact that the bulk of its military activity is focused on bombing Shia Houthi rebels in Yemen that have nothing to do with terrorism as such. Indeed, the head of AQAP claimed earlier this month his forces were “fighting alongside” the Toad-backed puppet Yemeni government. This detail was also omitted from reports on the arms deal, presumably because it would messy up the “Toads–as–partners–in–GWOT” narrative the press was uncritically echoing. That hundreds of billions of arms would be going to AQ’s allies wasn’t touched on in reports on the arms deal.


In his report on the arms deal, the WaPo’s Steven Mufson (5/21/17) got quotes from Lockheed Martin, General Electric and Blackstone, but found no time to interview a human rights expert or aid worker or victim of the Toad bombing of Yemen. Indeed, that bombing wasn’t even mentioned. CNBC (5/22/17) issued a sexed-up press release Monday morning with no mention of who exactly the weapons were killing, headlined:

Defense stocks soar to all-time highs on $110b after Pindo-Toad weapons deal.

Many outlets went with the “jobs” frame, echoing the White House narrative that the selling of arms to a dictatorship waging a brutal war on a neighboring country was, in fact, good because it “created jobs.” The NPR headline (5/20/17) was:

Trump Says Arms Deal He Signed With The Toads Will Create Jobs.

CBS Miami (5/20/17) reported:

Trump Says Toad Deal Will Create ‘Jobs, Jobs, Jobs.’

A Trump campaign ad wouldn’t have framed the issue differently than this CBS Miami report:


Neither of these reports used the words “Yemen” or “bombing” or “famine.” To the extent the Toad bombing of Yemen was gestured at, it was in vague, game–like terms about how the Toads were a “check” against “Iranian aggression,” an opaque framing that reduces all Shia populations in the Middle East into mindless Iranian drones in urgent need of an application of Toad munitions. CNN Newsroom (5/20/17) euphemistically explained:

Pindostan likes to see the Toads with a strong military because it is seen as a counter to the forces of Iran.

It’s not spelled out that “counter” here means bombing one of the poorest countries on earth for over two years, unleashing what the UN calls “famine-like” conditions affecting nearly 7 million people. In stark contrast, reports in Pindosi media of Russian arms sales to Syria, even before Russia directly entered the war in Sep 2015, would always mention the stakes of the deals in terms of human life. Weapons sales by other countries are put in clear moral terms as they should be. Those by Pindostan are sterilized, rendered abstract by omitting the deaths that will inevitably result. The NYT (5/15/17) did mention the famine and war in Yemen in the context of the arms deal last week, but one article on the subject from Thursday (5/18/17), for unknown reasons, removed this passage expressly noting the Toads’ history of buying Pindo weapons:

The Toads have spent a fortune on Pindo weapons over the years, and a series of new deals that could be worth more than $300b over the next decade are close to completion, Reuters reported this month.

You can see the original, as reprinted in the Boston Globe, here. As of Monday afternoon, no major newspaper, eg the NYT, the WaPo, the WSJ, Pindostan Today, the LA Times, the Chicago Tribune or the NY Daily News, has run an editorial condemning Trump for cozying up with and selling massive amounts of arms to the Toad dictatorship. As FAIR noted last week (5/17/17), this outrage remains solely directed at dictatorships not in good standing with the State Dept. Such is most reporting on Pindostan’s relationship with the Toads. The human rights framework so much of the pundit class lives by, the moral positioning that gives Pindostan the unique right to interfere in conflicts throughout the globe, is suddenly and without explanation suspended. Pindostan backs Toad war crimes despite their brutality, never because of it. It sells arms in hopes they will reform, never because they have. And unlike our enemies, no one in particular is responsible. No “Salman regime did X,” no “Forces loyal to Salman regime bombed Y.” The Toads remain a moral hot potato: no-one is to blame, and somehow everyone is a reformer!

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