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Wolf Blitzer Is Worried Defense Contractors Will Lose Jobs if U.S. Stops Arming Saudi Arabia

Sen. Rand Paul’s expression of opposition to a $1.1 billion U.S. arms sale to Saudi Arabia — which has been brutally bombing civilian targets in Yemen using U.S.-made weapons for more than a year now — alarmed CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Thursday afternoon.

Blitzer’s concern: That stopping the sale could result in fewer jobs for arms manufacturers.

“So for you this is a moral issue,” he told Paul during the Kentucky Republican’s appearance on CNN. “Because you know, there’s a lot of jobs at stake. Certainly if a lot of these defense contractors stop selling war planes, other sophisticated equipment to Saudi Arabia, there’s going to be a significant loss of jobs, of revenue here in the United States. That’s secondary from your standpoint?”

Paul stayed on message. “Not only is it a moral question, its a constitutional question,” Paul said. “Our founding fathers very directly and specifically did not give the president the power to go to war. They gave it to Congress. So Congress needs to step up and this is what I’m doing.”

Watch the exchange:

Saudi Arabia began bombing Yemen in March 2015, and has since been responsible for the majority of the 10,000 deaths in the war so far.

The U.S.-backed bombing coalition has been accused of intentionally targeting civilians, hospitals, factories, markets, schools, and homes. The situation is so bad that the Red Cross has started donating morgue units to Yemeni hospitals.

The war’s incredible humanitarian toll has generated an increasing outcry in the United States.

Earlier this month, more than 60 members of Congress signed a letter asking the administration to delay the most recent arms shipment. 

Ordinarily, under the Arms Export Control Act, Congress has 30 days to block arms sales proposed by the administration — but by announcing the arms sale in August, most of those 30 days fell during Congress’s August recess.

That 30-day window expired Thursday night and the White House has not granted the request for extra time.

The Obama administration has sold more weapons to the Saudis than any other administration, pledging more than $115 billion worth of small arms, tanks, helicopters, missiles, and aircraft.

So yes, it’s a legitimate moral issue. What it’s not is a legitimate economic issue.

If you’re worried about jobs, military spending is not where you look.

It’s an inefficient way to create jobs, because it has a lower multiplier effect — meaning how much it ripples in the wider economy.

One study from 2011 found that $1 billion put into military spending would create approximately 11,200 jobs, but that same amount of money put into education creates 26,700 jobs.

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33 years ago: Lebanon reports progress in negotiation with Israel?

Amine Maaluf was spokesman for the Lebanese delegation and reported from Israel town of Netanya.

The agreement was Not signed: Syria put on the pressure of Amine Gemmayel.

Israel ended up withdrawing its troops from south Lebanon, in 2000, without preconditions

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Pierre Abi Saab

‫#‏أمين_معلوف‬ في الـ 1983
شكراً Asad Abukhalil

Pierre Abi Saab's photo.

The foreign person: late Palestinian poet Mahmoud DARWICH

Traduction d’un poème de M. Darwiche .Poète Palestinien

La Personne Etrangère

Cette personne m’était étrangère
J’ignorais ce qu’elle faisait naguère .
J’ai vu un cercueil ,
et des personnes endeuillées
À leur chagrin, je me suis plié

Je n’ai trouvé que des écueils
A poser des questions ressassées
Cette personne dans le cercueil
De quoi a-t-elle trépassé ?

La mort a des causes multiples
La mienne , je la connais
Et je vous la livre
Elle sera sans doute ,
Mon mal de vivre .

Je me suis demandé :
Cette personne nous voit-elle ?
Ou puisque morte, voit-elle le néant ?
Et déplore-t-elle notre destination?

Elle est déjà au courant de la vérité
Mais de quelle vérité ?

Elle fut la seule personne ce matin
Qui ne pleura pas de chagrin
Et ne vit point la mort tel un rapace aiguisé
Planant dessus nos têtes médusées

Nous autres les vivants , toujours agités
Sommes les cousins germains de la mort
Et avec nous elle pourra fraterniser
Lorsqu’elle nous alitera pour l’éternité
A la porte de l’église erra mon cœur
Ce mort, dans ce cercueil, était-il
Un écrivain ou un travailleur ?
Ou comme moi un réfugié
Ou peut-être un truand ou un voleur !

A raison, ou a tort
Les différences tombent
elles aussi devant la mort

Je me suis laissé aller à croire
Que dans tout cela
C’est de moi qu’il s’agissait
Et Dieu voulait mes errements
Cherchant de multiples raisons
Pour retarder mon enterrement

Mais pourquoi ?
Sans tomber dans le blasphème
Je crois que c’est à cause
D’une grossière erreur
Dans mon poème…

( Mahmoud DARWICH
Traduction de Jamil BERRY )


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