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Arms Deal With Saudi Arabia


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President Obama and Saudi Arabian King Abdullah Bin-Abd-al-Aziz Al Saud after a meeting in the Oval Office on June 29, 2010
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President Obama and Saudi Arabian King Abdullah Bin-Abd-al-Aziz Al Saud after a meeting in the Oval Office on June 29, 2010

Last week, President Obama put forward a massive $60 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia, the largest U.S. arms deal ever. But the package is less about arms to the Saudis and more about deterring Iran. Detractors say it is overkill at best, and at worst may further incentivize Iran's nuclear program. What are the risks and benefits to the proposed package?

Host: Michael Krasny

Guests:

  • Brad Sherman, U.S. congressman (D) representing California's 27th District and member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia
  • Jonathan Tepperman, managing editor and director of the Eurasia Group, a global political risk consulting firm, and an online columnist at Atlantic Magazine
  • Khalid Al-Maeena, editor in chief of Arab News, a Saudi English-language daily newspaper
  • Mahmood Monshipouri, associate professor of international relations at San Francisco State University
  • Steve Weber, professor of political science at UC Berkeley and author of the book "The End of Arrogance: America in the Global Competition of Ideas"

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