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house Bill H.R. 7082

Should the U.S. Cut Off Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia Over Jamal Khashoggi’s Murder?

Argument in favor

The Jamal Khashoggi killing represents a major violation of international norms. It’s important that the U.S. halt weapons sales and military aid to Saudi Arabia in order to send a strong message condemning Khashoggi’s killing and standing up for press freedom and human rights.

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11/17/2018
We should have cut arms sales to Saudi Arabia long ago. Let’s invest in wind and solar powers and wean ourselves off their oil.
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burrkitty's Opinion
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11/17/2018
We should cut off selling arms to everyone, but specifically SA for sure. Also, Saudi Arabia is not a child and that analogy is stupid. Saudi Arabia was the site of several ancient cultures and civilizations. The prehistory of Saudi Arabia shows some of the earliest traces of human activity in the world. The USA is the child in that context. So can we please make it illegal to sell the USA’s military technology and supplies outside the USA? We shouldn’t be arming our enemies anyway. The warmongering must stop.
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11/17/2018
For the love of all that is good and holy YES. BREAK THE CONNECTION. Cut off ties with the Saudis. We gain nothing, but we are sacrificing all sense of morality by involving ourselves in their atrocities. And lest we forget, the 9/11 hijackers were not Iranian - they were Saudis. Our partnership with them in committing human rights violations is completely unjustifiable. CUT EM LOOSE.
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Argument opposed

The U.S.-Saudi relationship is strategically important, and it’s unlikely that Congress will want to go to the extreme of ending the relationship. There are also many U.S. companies that need the Saudi arms business, and banning arms sales to the Saudis would harm their employees.

Ben's Opinion
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11/17/2018
When you discipline a child when they’ve done wrong, do you completely cut them off from your love and support or do you identify their wrong and teach them in the way they should go? Saudi Arabia has been a major asset to our nations foreign affairs and its important that we keep our relationship with them. Businesses like Boeing will suffer, tensions will rise, and we would be turning our backs on a nation that supported us after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Our tactic can’t be to turn our back on everyone who does us wrong.
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Cosmo 's Opinion
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11/17/2018
Absolutely not. They are pursuing their investigation and will deal with the murders using Saudi Arabia laws. They offer economic opportunity’s for our good American citizens. They also are in lock step with us and Israel, that Iran will never develop a nuclear weapon. God help them if they do.
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11/17/2018
Like it, or not, we live in the real world. Our relations with other countries are many layered, complex, and hopefully mutually beneficial. While SA may continually do things that we don’t approve of, destroying our relationship with an important Mid East ally would be extremely damaging to our interests. The Saudis help us keep Iran in check, allow us to have military bases on their soil, often act in our interests with re to oil prices, and have even been softening their stance on Israel. If we embargo arms sales, there are numerous countries that would gladly step in, such as France, Russia, China, etc. We would lose a tremendous source of export revenue, as well as the degree of control it gives us with the Saudi military, with no positive changes in the larger equation at all. The only party to suffer would be the US. How does that make any sense at all?
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    We should have cut arms sales to Saudi Arabia long ago. Let’s invest in wind and solar powers and wean ourselves off their oil.
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    When you discipline a child when they’ve done wrong, do you completely cut them off from your love and support or do you identify their wrong and teach them in the way they should go? Saudi Arabia has been a major asset to our nations foreign affairs and its important that we keep our relationship with them. Businesses like Boeing will suffer, tensions will rise, and we would be turning our backs on a nation that supported us after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Our tactic can’t be to turn our back on everyone who does us wrong.
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    We should cut off selling arms to everyone, but specifically SA for sure. Also, Saudi Arabia is not a child and that analogy is stupid. Saudi Arabia was the site of several ancient cultures and civilizations. The prehistory of Saudi Arabia shows some of the earliest traces of human activity in the world. The USA is the child in that context. So can we please make it illegal to sell the USA’s military technology and supplies outside the USA? We shouldn’t be arming our enemies anyway. The warmongering must stop.
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    For the love of all that is good and holy YES. BREAK THE CONNECTION. Cut off ties with the Saudis. We gain nothing, but we are sacrificing all sense of morality by involving ourselves in their atrocities. And lest we forget, the 9/11 hijackers were not Iranian - they were Saudis. Our partnership with them in committing human rights violations is completely unjustifiable. CUT EM LOOSE.
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    Why are we even in the business of arms sales? In the past, we’ve had them used against us in the long run🙃
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    Yes, they should cut off arms sales, impose more sanctions on the entire royal family. It's ludicrous to think that the prince had nothing to do with this brutal murder. However, given the fact that the moron in the White House has ties to the family and has businesses in Saudi Arabia, I fear he won't do a damn thing to hold the royal family accountable. So, in essence the prince will get away with murder, while 5 people involved are facing death. INJUSTICE ABOUNDS IN SAUDI ARABIA AS WELL AS IN THE WHITE HOUSE.
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    I think generally we should stop supporting genocides. Our arms industry taking a financial hit is not worth the lives of hundreds of thousands, the bombing of highways to block food/medical aid, the bombing of Doctors Without Borders sites and countless other human rights violations.
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    Our government should not be in the business of selling weapons in the first place.
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    We, the United States of America, should stop all arms sales everywhere. Let’s work for mankind not profits. Just 3% of the US military budget could end world hunger. Why don’t we do that?
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    I think we should stand up against murder.
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    The Jamal Khashoggi killing represents a major violation of international norms. It’s important that the U.S. halt weapons sales and military aid to Saudi Arabia in order to send a strong message condemning Khashoggi’s killing and standing up for press freedom and human rights.
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    If we continue to support regimes who have no respect for human life either in their own country or countries like Yemen, then we become complicit in all those deaths. We need to stand for justice.
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    Investigate Trumps financial ties to Saudi Arabia.
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    I will take a saying out of Donald Trump's playbook. That's a really stupid question. You don't reward people for doing bad stuff. But then of course we rewarded Trump the office of president for being a misogynistic bully.
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    We should have done that a long time ago. It’s only a matter of time til those weapons are pointed at us. Have we learned nothing over the past 70 years? In the 1930’s we gave aid to Germany to fight communism. Aid to Taliban to fight USSR, aid to Iraq to fight Iran. The only reason to sell weapon is to line the pockets of defense contractors.
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    Stop supporting this murderous regime!
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    It shouldn’t always be about money, morals should outweigh this decision.
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    Aren’t these the same people that were overwhelmingly in on 911? Why feed this country weapons so they can starve Yemen? This government only cares about the money and then pretend to hurt so bad if a woman chooses her right to abortion. I’m not advocating killings of any kind, but selling weapons to murderers is like offering Richard Speck a knife and nurses.
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    This murder must have accountability. It was premeditated and brutal. It goes to the highest level of the Saudi Arabian government, the crown prince. He has continually shown his disregard for norms. This is and will continue. When you sleep with the dogs you get fleas. Stand up for humanity and democracy. No to the arms sales.
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    It is sickening that oil and big businesses like arms dealers should look the other way when anyone is murdered by their customers. Whether it is 3,000 New York workers or one journalist, the lives those people touch are innumerable. Where are the business ethics? Where is our governments protection for the people?
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