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USS Persian Gulf

With Israel threatening to bomb Iran before the US presidential elections, and their silent partners Qatar and Saudi Arabia financing CIA arms flow to Syrian “rebels”; tensions in the Persian Gulf region are again on the rise. Since the overthrow of the US-puppet Shah in 1979, the international banksters have armed Iran’s Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) neighbors to the teeth.

(Excerpted from Big Oil & Their Bankers…Chapter 5: Persian Gulf Rent-a-Sheik)

Following the Iranian Revolution the US more overtly displayed its willingness to lean on the Saudi monarchy.  During the 1979 border war between North and South Yemen US Secretary of Defense and Trilateralist Harold Brown pressured the Saudis to supply $390 million worth of US weapons to North Yemen where US advisers were running the show.  The conflict underscored the vulnerability of the oilfields of the Kingdom to the kind of nationalist rhetoric coming from the neighboring South Yemen government.

Brown also directed the Saudis finance the sale of twelve F-SE fighters by the US to Sudan.  With the Shah deposed, Brown busied himself selling surplus Iranian-bound weapons to the Saudis, as well as to Israel, Jordan, Oman and Egypt.  In the spring of 1980 the US signed a military pact with Turkey and sent the Turks $1 billion in weaponry. [206]

The Saudis immediately announced an oil production increase when the mullahs took Tehran.  Within two weeks of that announcement the US State Department unveiled a $1.2 billion program to shore up the Saudi National Guard.  The program would be supervised by Vinnell Corporation, a subsidiary of TRW, the San Francisco-based consumer credit reporting giant and leading supplier of NSA spy satellites.  By 1979 Saudi purchases of US weaponry surpassed even those of the Israelis.

Bendix, Raytheon, Grumman, Northrup, Lockheed, TWA and the US Army Corps of Engineers all flocked to Riyadh to exhibit their wares.  The US implemented American Peace Shield, through which tens of billions of dollars in defense contracts would be doled out.  Richard Secord swung an $8.5 billion contract for Boeing to provide AWACs to the Saudis.  An integrated Command and Control Center (C3) was established in Saudi Arabia. [207]

The US, Britain and France pushed for defense offset deals with the Kingdom, under which weapons were paid for in oil.  In 1990 the Saudis bought French Crotale missiles, with the French receiving discounted oil and promised to invest in Saudi industry.  A British program known as Al-Yamamah was spearheaded by British Aerospace (BAE) and run by a consortium of pan-European interests, whose governments established the Anglo-Saudi Committee.

Under Al-Yamamah the Euro governments, along with BP Amoco and Royal Dutch/Shell, receive free oil.  European arms dealers get contracts with the House of Saud and the Saudis receive help from the British in moving their oil operations downstream by investing in old Eastern European oil refineries. [208]

In 1989 BAE contracted to build Prince Sultan Air Base, while also selling Tornado fighters to the Saudis.  BAE bought Ballast Nedam, a Dutch heavy construction firm with Saudi ties, which built the massive bridge that now links the Saudi mainland to Bahrain. BAE netted $60 billion in the largest contract ever received from the Saudis by a Western company.

According to a June 27, 2007 Financial Times article, Al-Yamamah and BAE were being investigated by the US Justice Department.

The militarization of the Gulf Region went beyond the borders of Saudi Arabia.  In 1980 US arms sales and military aid to the GCC emirates were unprecedented.  The AWAC-monitored C3 defense system, now in place in Saudi Arabia, would be integrated with Hawk missile systems installed in all six GCC nations.

In 1983 the GCC began to conduct joint regional military maneuvers under the watchful eye of US advisers.  The Saudis and Kuwaitis conducted the first such exercises, followed by joint training between Oman and the UAE.  Eventually all six nations were running coordinated military exercises on a regular basis.

In 1984 the GCC established a Joint Chiefs of Staff and developed its own Rapid Deployment Forces (RDF), both modeled after and facilitated by the Pentagon.  The Saudis and Kuwaitis agreed to foot the lion’s share of the bill, including an agreement whereby the two richest GCC monarchies paid for air defense systems for Oman and Bahrain.

In late 1984, with the Iran/Iraq War heating up, the Pentagon coordinated the first Peninsula Shield exercises involving troops from the US, Egypt, Pakistan, Turkey and the GCC countries. [209]  The US set up a fallback arc of bases and obtained basing rights for RDF in Oman, Kenya, Somalia and Egypt.  The US B-52 forward base on the Indian Ocean island of Diego Garcia was beefed up.  Egyptian and Pakistani Air Forces, which the GCC nations rely heavily upon, were supplied with new F-16 fighters from Northrup Corporation.  Omani and Egyptian Armies regularly conducted joint military exercises involving US troops.

The French placed Mirage fighters at bases in Djibouti on the Horn of Africa across the Red Sea from Saudi Arabia.  The British added Tornado fighters to its bases in Oman.  And NATO fortified its bases in Turkey, especially at Incirlik Air Base in the south of the country near the Iraqi border.

In 1983, following a trial run invasion of Grenada, President Reagan merged the RDF into the US Central Command.  A US Middle East Forward Command (MIDEASTFOR) component was established at the huge US naval base near Jufair, Bahrain which houses the US 5th Fleet and serves as the biggest ARAMCO customer on the planet.

Since 1973 65% of US arms sales have gone to the Middle East.  Between 1977 and 1987 $34 billion in arms flowed into the Gulf region, more than was supplied to the rest of the entire world combined.  US defense giants sold AWAC’s and F-15’s to Qatar and Kuwait.  After the Gulf War President Bush authorized the sale of Apache attack helicopters to Bahrain and Kuwait.

Saudi Arabia now boasts the highest per capita defense spending in the world.  In 1984 alone the Saudis spent $22.7 billion on US weaponry.  The GCC also “rents” military troops from the best US-trained armies in the region, using aid as payment.  The Saudis have elaborate military assistance arrangements with Pakistan, whereby the Saudis send Karachi aid in return for the services of Pakistani military units.

Kuwait has long received military forces from both Pakistan and Egypt in exchange for billions of dollars in aid.  Pakistan’s best pilots are sent to the UAE to fly the emir’s F-16 fighters.  Similar arrangements exist between the GCC and Turkey. [210]

US-trained militaries in Pakistan, Egypt and Turkey are renowned as the best Muslim forces in the world.  When combined with Israel, the three countries account for one-half of US military aid.  The US once eyed Pakistan as a central command headquarters for its RDF, while Turkey keeps its bases open for US military adventures such as the no-fly zone patrols over northern Iraq.

In effect, the US is defending GCC oil with third country armies which it has trained and over which it holds the purse strings, thus curtailing the power of any potential rogue GCC sheik who may decide to go it alone.  The arrangement dilutes the political power of the Gulf States’ people, whose countries are occupied by foreign troops, ready to dispassionately put down any revolt that might threaten either the emirs or the oilfields.

While Third World grunts provide a standing army, the US is careful not to allow GCC personnel to become proficient in the control of advanced weapons systems.  The most sophisticated systems are monitored by US military officers.  At Riyadh, for example, US CENTCOM is in charge of monitoring AWACs and tanker air traffic. [211]

Key equipment on the AWACs requires US personnel to operate beyond a few days.  The planes contain a digital look-down link so the US can monitor the AWACs from American soil.

There are 6,000 Americans working in the Saudi Arabia arms industry. Many hold key positions.  This figure does not include US troops whose numbers have steadily increased since the mid-1980s and took a quantum leap during the US war with Iraq in 1991.

Another neo-colonial policy disallows licensing of high-tech arms production outside NATO and Pacific Alliance countries.  Spare parts for GCC weapons systems are available only on a strict US schedule.  These technological dependencies insure a perpetuation of the oil for arms quid pro quo which the Four Horsemen, the US defense establishment and the international bankers wish to impose upon the GCC.

There have been voices within US foreign policy circles for some time calling for outright occupation of the oil fields of Saudi Arabia.  The US has planned for this contingency since the 1950’s construction of the first air base at Dhahran, less than five miles from ARAMCO headquarters.  The US Army Corps had made a conscious effort to overbuild the Saudi military infrastructure so that it might later be utilized by the US during a Middle East regional war.

One Saudi agreement allows Saudi bases to accept US F-15’s in a short time period and to instantly integrate the fighters into the existing command and control system.  Similar agreements were signed with the other GCC nations in the climate of fear which followed the 1991 Gulf War.

[1] The Arms Trade: A New Level of Danger. Andrei Kozyrev. Progress Publishers. Moscow. 1985

[2] “Arms and Oil Resources Tie Two Nations Together”. John Roberts. The Oil Daily. 11-12-90. p.C-2

[3] “Different Direction for Growth: Defense Offset Deals”. Michael Frenchman. The Oil Daily. 11-12-90. p.C-8

[4] Defending Arabia. J.E. Peterson. St. Martin’s Press. New York. 1986. p.221

[5] Ibid. p.205

[6] Ibid. p.193

Dean Henderson is the author of five books: Big Oil & Their Bankers in the Persian Gulf: Four Horsemen, Eight Families & Their Global Intelligence, Narcotics & Terror Network, The Grateful Unrich: Revolution in 50 Countries, Das Kartell der Federal Reserve, Stickin’ it to the Matrix & The Federal Reserve Cartel.  You can subscribe free to his weekly Left Hook column @ www.deanhenderson.wordpress.com

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11 thoughts on “USS Persian Gulf

  1. The GCC also “rents” military troops from the best US-trained armies in the region, using aid as payment.

    What does this mean “using aid as payment?”

    Posted by Julius Adams | September 2, 2012, 4:36 am
  2. Marvelous! Chilling but marvelous! Thanks so much!

    Posted by George Puchta | September 2, 2012, 3:41 pm
  3. Million thanks for connecting the dots Dean. I lived in the GCC for 12 years from 1985 to 1997 and had no access then to anything but, ‘official’ ruling family news. The info you have gathered is like an oasis of fresh water in an otherwise tribal desert kaka house. I always relay your messages to my network of colleagues and friends in the region as information on any mainstream media including the internet is highly censored and even doctored. Keep up the brave work.

    Posted by beelzeebubtales | September 3, 2012, 12:46 am
  4. Great article, nice to see that honest journalism is still alive. Posted to FB. Cheers

    Posted by Kevin | September 4, 2012, 11:04 am
  5. I concur! Thank goodness for the Internet to get the real news. The article is so detailed and researched to bring all of us to the same conclusion that the mainstream media almost never tells the truth.

    It’s time for Americans to take a stand ( http://www.booksbyoliver.com ) against the tyranny of corrupt, corporate government. Remember, there are more of us than there is of them. It’s ‘…of the people, by the people and for the people…’ It’s our country.

    Posted by OhioRiver | September 13, 2012, 8:24 am
  6. Chapter 11:40-45 of the Book of Daniel consists of *fractal* Prophecies of the conflict between the “king of the South” and the “king of the North”; the current iteration of the “king of the South” being the United States, the Israel, NATO and the other countries participating in this military exercise; the current iteration of the “king of the North” being Syria, Iran, Russia and their allies.

    Daniel 11:45 very CLEARLY indicates that this “does NOT turn out well” for either the “king of the South” (who “pushes at” or “tries conclusions” with the “king of the North”) OR the “king of the North”.

    Also, Google “Russian Response YouTube” for a description of the Caucasus 2012 war games that are being conducted by Russia beginning on September 17 in preparation for an attack by the Israel and/or the United States upon Iran (that is, “the king of the North will come storming down upon him.”)

    Michael

    Posted by Michael Cecil | September 16, 2012, 6:11 am
  7. Excellent series of articles Dean. Eye popping. Their GOD is Gold/Oil/Dollar indeed.

    Wonder what you think about this:

    http://aadivaahan.wordpress.com/2011/03/09/axis-of-evil-doing/

    Vivek

    Posted by anadianant | September 16, 2012, 7:46 am
  8. Hmmm

    And about 1/3 of that total went to Israel paid for by the US taxpayer…….

    Posted by DDearborn | September 16, 2012, 8:27 am
  9. FYI, the F-16 was never manufactured by Northrop; it was developed and manufactured by General Dynamics,
    In 1993, General Dynamics sold its aircraft manufacturing business to the Lockheed Corporation,[3] which in turn became part of Lockheed Martin after a 1995 merger with Martin Marietta.

    Posted by Joe | September 16, 2012, 2:59 pm
  10. This article simply evidences what we already knew that the US is behind the violent turmoil in the Middle East. Americans are paying dearly for their government’s participation in terrorist attacks. The cost of oil has escalated based on the risk factors involved in Middle East oil production and transportation and in the cost of wars generally. It’s like throwing billions down a deep hole with no positive outcome for doing so.

    Posted by archie1954 | September 16, 2012, 5:20 pm

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