U.S. Peddles Weapons to the World

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The United States is one of the biggest weapons dealers in the world, with client countries on every continent, including government's accused of human rights violations.

U.S. officials have sold weapons and military systems to Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Singapore and Columbia. Iraq, alone, has ordered $2.3 billion worth of military equipment.

Bill Hartung, director of the Arms and Security Initiative at the New America Foundation, says Iraq plans to pay for its purchases — small arms, ammunition and armored vehicles — from its oil revenues, despite the numerous other needs facing the nation.

And because there is no monitoring system to track the weapons once they are sold to Iraq, there is no guarantee that they will not end up in the hands of insurgents fighting U.S. troops.

Hartung talks to Alex Cohen about America's weapons sales.



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