Many Americans bemoan America’s lost manufacturing might. Regardless of the fact that that view is false, one area that has always been strong is America’s military hardware output. In the last fiscal year, the State Department approved $44.28 billion in arms shipments to 173 nations. This level of selling makes the US the world’s main provider of conventional weaponry.
One limitation of US military sales is that, by tradition, all buyer countries must be approved by the State Department.
This is significant because today the State Department provided a list to Congress that didn’t include Azerbaijan. The sale to Azerbaijan was already in the plans, making this change surprising. Israel is selling $1.6 billion worth of weapons to Azerbaijan to check Iran and there’s no reason US wouldn’t want to follow suit. As the Armenian National Committee of America points out, the recent Azerbaijani attack coincided with Senator Clinton’s visit to Armenia. While Clinton doesn’t seem like someone who would react brashly to such an incident, maybe this change of heart is meant to punish Azerbaijan for their use of force.