Arming Iran's Enemies

Twenty billion dollars in new U.S. arms shipments for Saudi Arabia and neighboring gulf states like Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and the U.A.E. Another $13 billion in weaponry for Egypt. And Israel, ever mindful of maintaining an edge over its Arab neighbors, could get $30 billion worth of new U.S. equipment.

The onslaught of prospective weapons deals is part of a new Bush Administration initiative to contain Iran--and underscore America's long-term involvement in the Middle East, regardless of setbacks in Iraq. Even though U.S. and Iranian diplomats recently held a pair of historic, face-to-face meetings, no new era of friendship with Tehran...

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