Nuclear technology to the Saudis. Really?

https://pilotonline.com/news/government/politics/nation/article_830e1b42-d4da-52b6-a61b-c7eff7d97e95.html

Saudi Arabia, the source of 19 of the 9/11 hijackers and ground zero for Sunni extremism, is being fast tracked for American nuclear technology. And there seems to be an effort by the administration to bypass Congressional oversight and approval as required by law.

We pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal unilaterally and now trying to let the Saudis have a go at developing their own nuclear capabilities. Iran might as well ramp up again since we left the deal.

That could mean 4 nuclear nations in the Middle East- Pakistan, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Israel- 3 of whom relish martyrdom and some form of Armageddon among the extremists. India is in the mix but I think cooler heads prevail there even though they are in a low level border conflict with Pakistan.

My concern is why the administration is seeming to try an end run around Congress. And if so, is it trying to cut some deals for favored American companies? All this at the very real threat of a nuclear conflict in an area of the world with lots of people willing to blow themselves to pieces in a marketplace to kill those who disagree on religious differences.

9 thoughts on “Nuclear technology to the Saudis. Really?

  1. RE: “My concern is why the administration is seeming to try an end run around Congress.”

    Here’s the Congressional report The Pilot article references. Do you see anything in it that looks like an “end run” around Congress?

    https://oversight.house.gov/sites/democrats.oversight.house.gov/files/Trump%20Saudi%20Nuclear%20Report%20-%202-19-2019.pdf

    I agree with the administration, as mentioned in the report. The Saudis are going to buy commercial nuclear power technology from someone. It might as well be Westinghouse.

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  2. “Career staff warned that any transfer of nuclear technology must comply with the Atomic Energy Act, that the United States and Saudi Arabia would need to reach a 123 Agreement, and that these legal requirements could not be circumvented. Mr. Harvey reportedly ignored these warnings and insisted that the decision to transfer nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia had already been made.”

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    1. RE: “Mr. Harvey reportedly ignored these warnings and insisted that the decision to transfer nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia had already been made.”

      What does that even mean? There was no need to engage Congress over a diplomatic proposal in development.

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      1. “Diplomatic proposal”?

        Hardly. It was a massive sale of nuclear technology to a brutal dictatorship that has more than once expressed a desire for nuclear weapons. In addition they support the radical Islamic extremism the terrorizes many part of the world.

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        1. The administration can’t sell nuclear material to anyone without regulatory oversight. There’s nothing in the Congressional report to suggest there was an attempt to evade regulations. On the contrary, the Department of Energy — the responsible regulatory agency — was brought in to participate in discussions with the Saudis. You are overreacting to a red herring.

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  3. What does that even mean? It means that just like the President, the people around him believe that the law is for the little people and does not apply to them. By every negative metric this is a historically bad administration. Starting with the organization of the inaugural they have constantly displayed a level of venal corruption not seen since the Harding administration.

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    1. The report doesn’t characterize the concealment as illegal. But, in any case, the report notes that Flynn’s conflict of in interest was known and well understood. There’s no indication the administration committed any actions that would meke the conflict of interest a material concern.

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