At issue is an arms package worth some $20 billion. The group has introduced a resolution in the Senate to block the pending sale. When the controversial deal was announced last July, Noah wrote that he was "utterly, completely flummoxed by the Bush Administration's decision to sell $20 billion worth of arms to Saudi Arabia and other Gulf potentates."
I'm not as surprised, since the sale is consistent with our arms sales to the region in the past. The precedent of linking oil prices to arms sales is interesting, however.
The resolution is carefully timed. President Bush this week will be in Saudi Arabia.
Source: Wired blog network