Sen. Rand Paul: Selling arms to create jobs? Eisenhower warned about this

Rand PaulThere is probably no greater purveyor of hatred for Christianity and Judaism than Saudi Arabia. We should not be giving them weapons.

Some will argue that it is a jobs program. Well, isn’t that swell. We are going to give money to people who behead you and crucify you to create jobs. That should never be the way we make a decision about arms sales in our country.
A famous Republican and general, General Dwight Eisenhower, said he worried that someday we would make decisions not based on our defense but based on the military industrial complex.

I am embarrassed that people are out here talking about making us some money and making a buck, while 17 million people live on a starvation diet and are threatened with famine. I am embarrassed that people would bring up trying to feather the nest of corporations in order to sell these weapons. This should be made, pure and simple, on our national defense.

—Sen. Rand Paul (R–KY)

On S.J.Res.42 – a joint resolution disapproving of arms sales to Saudi Arabia,  Senate Floor, June 13, 2017

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