How the Saudis ended up with so many American weapons

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  • Published on:  Friday, December 14, 2018
  • And why they want more.Become a member of the Vox Video Lab! to our channel! Arabia and the US have a partnership that's been in the making for over seven decades. It started after World War II and survived the Iranian Revolution, the Cold War, the Gulf War, September 11, and the proliferation of conflicts across the Middle East. This whole time, the US has been selling weapons to Saudi Arabia -- now its number one customer. Saudis bought bombs, tanks, guns, and planes over the years to defend themselves from various threats. The US supplied those weapons because the Saudi’s threats have usually been a threat to the US as well.Today, there's a shift in the relationship. Saudi Arabia’s intervention in Yemen has created the worst humanitarian disaster in the world - and thrown the Middle East into chaos. The problem is, the Saudis are using US bombs to do it. Sources: US-Saudi arms agreements data: Stockholm International Peace Research Institute and the Defense Security Cooperation AgencyArab-Israeli arms race: Congressional Research Service and the Washington Institute for Near East PolicyUS-Saudi arms policy: Center for International Policy and the Brookings Institute Yemen airstrikes: Human Rights WatchDahyan, Yemen, school bus bombing: Bellingcat Additional reading: is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out our full video catalog: Vox on Facebook: Twitter:
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  • Vox


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  • Idyllsend


     8 months ago +3759

    19 hijackers were Saudi Arabian,
    oh, let us invade Iraq.

  • MetalizedButt


     4 months ago +1323

    SAUDI ARABIA: sell me weapons
    U.S.A: No can’t do
    SAUDI ARABIA: I have oil and money
    U.S.A: Done deal 🤝

  • Ibrahim Ishaq

    Ibrahim Ishaq

     5 months ago +514

    "It all started with oil".... Tell me something I don't know. Americans are hungry for that "Saudi Sauce" 🤦🏽‍♂️

  • Stroller


     1 months ago +164

    USA: How much weapons do you need?
    Saudis: YES!

  • User 376258

    User 376258

     5 months ago +629

    Q) How saudis end up with so many American weapons?
    Ans) OIL

  • Nathan Lobo

    Nathan Lobo

     8 months ago +4094

    "It all started with oil" lmao big surprise.

  • Ezequiel Marchesini

    Ezequiel Marchesini

     5 months ago +173

    So that's why now the US are suddenly so worried about Venezuela!

  • abbas alzankaloni

    abbas alzankaloni

     5 months ago +225

    Us killed a lot of innocents in Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq, yoguslavia.... Etc
    USA should admit that before criticizing for human rights
    National security is the priority

  • DD


     7 months ago +84

    We preach PEACE and Democracy! --> becomes the biggest Weapons Dealer in the world. Loses all credibility.

  • Androkon


     8 hours ago +1

    So it's basically like when Hitler made a non-aggression pact with Stalin, but then he stabbed him in the back.

  • Aussie Boy

    Aussie Boy

     8 months ago +1290

    America supports authoritarian regimes, but they claim to be fighters of democracy and freedom. Lmao, the double standards.

  • Caleb Nauman

    Caleb Nauman

     1 months ago +71

    It’s sad Vox forgot to mention that the US overthrew the democratically elected government in Iran a decade before the revolution!

  • SameerSlash


     1 months ago +61

    "So Saudi Arabia started using its weapons... aggressively"
    I wonder how you use weapons...



     2 months ago +90

    I love how oman is watching mid east while eating popcorn lol its soo neutral

  • Maskenheini


     5 months ago +75

    Germany ist the only smart dealer😂👍
    Southkorea needs it

  • Andreas Egger

    Andreas Egger

     8 months ago +3223

    Obama: Sells over 40 Billion $ worth of weapons to Saudi Arabia
    Also Obama: Gets Nobel Peace Prize.

  • Emirates Sports

    Emirates Sports

     5 months ago +67

    At the beginning American sold weapons to 4 main arab neighbor country because American wants that these arab country fight each other and then American's jumped into this for steal their oil.
    Two benefit in one time.
    Increase weapons demand.
    Save free oil for 100 years.

  • DSH LIGEN من 〽oodi

    DSH LIGEN من 〽oodi

     2 months ago +10

    سلمو الاسلحة وانتم 😎ساكتين العالم يعلم بانكم اقذر البشر عندما تدخلون في الحروب

  • Ray Chiu

    Ray Chiu

     yesterday +1

    Can we all just drive electric cars now?