Deal us bolsters saudi ties mark landler and steven

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Unformatted text preview: several times in recent decades. 81 Last printed 9/4/2009 7:00:00 PM Oil DDW 2012 1 ***Saudi Uniqueness and Links*** 82 Oil DDW 2012 1 Uniqueness Overview 83 Last printed 9/4/2009 7:00:00 PM Oil DDW 2012 1 1. Disengagement – Our uniqueness is based on the oil dependence component of the 1AC – The dependence on oil now guarantees that we will be engaged in Southwest Asia in terms of governmental assistance and conflict intervention – This pattern will persist as long as there is an oil motive for the US to participate, that’s Miller 6-28 84 Oil DDW 2012 1 Arms sale proves relations are strong now – The core is more important than individual disagreements NYTimes, 11 NYTimes, 12-29-11, [“With $30 Billion Arms Deal, U.S. Bolsters Saudi Ties,” MARK LANDLER and STEVEN LEE MYERS, HONOLULU — Fortifying one of its key allies in the Persian Gulf, the Obama administration announced a weapons deal with Saudi Arabia on Thursday, saying it had agreed to sell F-15 fighter jets valued at nearly $30 billion to the Royal Saudi Air Force. The agreement, and the administration’s parallel plans to press ahead with a nearly $11 billion arms deal for Iraq, despite rising political tensions there, is dramatic evidence of its determination to project American military influence in an oil-rich region shadowed by a threat from Iran. Though the White House said the deal had not been accelerated to respond to threats by Iranian officials in recent days to shut off the Strait of Hormuz, its timing is laden with significance, as tensions with Iran have deepened and the United States has withdrawn its last soldiers from Iraq. “This sale will send a strong message to countries in the region that the United States is committed to stability in the gulf and the broader Middle East,” said Andrew J. Shapiro, the assistant secretary of state for politicalmilitary affairs. “It will enhance Saudi Arabia’s ability to deter and defend against external threats to its sovereignty.” The agreement also suggests that the United States and Saudi Arabia have moved beyond a bitter falling-out over the uprisings in the Arab world. Though the two countries continue to differ on how to handle the popular revolts in the region, American and Saudi officials said, the disagreement has not fractured a strategic alliance based on a common concern over Iran. Saudi Arabia is a longtime foe of Iran, with relations souring further last fall after the United States broke up what it said was an Iranian-backed plot to kill the Saudi ambassador to Washington. Iran has denied the accusations. “ When you look at the size of this package, what does it tell you about U.S.-Saudi relations?” said a senior Saudi official, who spoke anonymously because he was not authorized to speak publicly. “It says it’s very strong and very solid. Any disagreements from time to time don’t affect the core relationship.”...
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