Senators to OPEC: You Give Us the Oil, We Give You the Guns


| 4/24/2008 4:39:19 PM


Tags: Politics, oil, arms trade, Middle East,

Reuters reports that senators are trying to strong-arm the Bush administration into strong-arming OPEC nations that buy U.S. arms. The idea is that Congress would hold up any arms deals until folks like Saudi Arabia loosen the tap on oil.

“The Saudis have to understand this is a two-way street,” New York Senator Charles Schumer told reporters. “We provide them weapons, our troops provide them protection, and then they rake us over the coals when it comes to oil.”

Added Schumer: OPEC, Do me this favor. I won't forget it. Capisce?

(Thanks, TPM.)

Hannah Lobel