View of part of the Fujairah Corniche and the Hajar Mountains in the Background

Monday, May 21, 2007

Some World Records the UAE Does not Possess

While the UAE is often quick to claim and crow about its world records, here are some records it thankfully does not possess.

Today’s LA Times reports these areas where United States is still No. 1:

First in weapons sales: Since 2001, U.S. global military sales have totaled $10 billion to $13 billion. That's a lot of weapons, but in fiscal 2006, the Pentagon broke its own recent record, inking arms sales agreements worth $21 billion.

First in sales of surface-to-air missiles: From 2001 to 2005, the U.S. delivered 2,099 surface-to-air missiles like the Sparrow and AMRAAM to nations in the developing world, 20% more than Russia, the next largest supplier.

First in sales of military ships: During that same period, the U.S. sent 10 "major surface combatants," such as aircraft carriers and destroyers, to developing nations. Collectively, the four major European weapons producers shipped 13.

First in military training: A thoughtful empire knows that it's not enough to send weapons; you have to teach people how to use them. The Pentagon plans on training the militaries of 138 nations in 2008 at a cost of nearly $90 million. No other nation comes close.

More on this unimpressive record can be read at:
Frida Berrigan, America—The World’s Arms Pusher, LA Times, May 21, 2007.

Image: A Sparrow, surface-to-air missile.