Profiting From War: Bill Hartung on the US-Saudi Corporate Connection

America continues its unwavering devotion to Saudi Arabia, despite the gruesome murder of Jamal Khashoggi and the humanitarian catastrophes in Yemen. What is behind this resolute support to America’s undemocratic ally in the Middle East? Bill Hartung dives into the history of the US-Saudi relationship, US arms sales, and just how much of the arms trade actually benefits America’s defense companies.

How is the war in Yemen being supported by America’s arms dealers, and are US defense contractors really benefiting the American economy as President Trump insists? Bill pushes us to evaluate this relationship, and the costs taxpayers are willing to accept for the benefit and profit of the American arms lobby.

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This podcast episode includes references to the Eurasia Group Foundation, now known as the Institute for Global Affairs.

This post is part of None Of The Above, a podcast of IGA hosted by senior fellow Mark Hannah.

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