December 11, 2019
This is a prudent decision, I feel.
The Pentagon announced on Tuesday it was halting operational training of all Saudi Arabian military personnel in the United States until further notice after a Saudi Air Force lieutenant shot and killed three people last week at a base in Florida.
The decision will have far-reaching impacts on visiting Saudi personnel, including grounding more than 300 Saudi Arabian military aviation students as part of a “safety stand-down,” first reported by Reuters earlier on Tuesday.
The Pentagon later confirmed the Reuters report about aviation students and added the move would also affect infantry personnel and all other Saudi training, other than classroom training. Such coursework, which includes English-language classes, will continue.
A senior U.S. defense official, briefing Pentagon reporters on the decision, said the move was intended to allow for a broader review of security procedures that would eventually apply to all of some 5,000 international military students in the United States.
Still, the safety standdown only applied to the some 850 visiting students from Saudi Arabia. The defense official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the shooting “suggested that there could be a particular improvement with that (nation’s) population.”
“I don’t have any evidence to suggest that there is a larger ring or larger conspiracy,” the official said, when asked what was driving the safety-standdown.
The FBI has said U.S. investigators believe Saudi Air Force Second Lieutenant Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, 21, acted alone when he attacked a U.S. Navy base in Pensacola, Florida, on Friday, before he was fatally shot by a deputy sheriff.
Yes, yes, I’m sure he acted alone, it was all a big mixup, time to completely bury it.
Stop training them for a few months while the people are outraged, then go back to business as usual.
It’s obvious that this man didn’t act alone – we have all the initial reports about how he was spending time with a group watching terrorist attack videos, how his friends filmed him doing the shooting, how several of his friends fled the base afterward so as not to be questioned. We still don’t know where they are, by the way.
We’re just supposed to forget about the whole thing.
We have all this hatred directed at Iran, but Iran never shot up a US military base. Nor did Iran do 911.
It’s all in-your-face obvious that Saudi Arabia is the leading terrorist state, but here we are, best friends with them, giving them a light slap on the wrist when one of their soldiers kills our soldiers in our own country.