Defense Department: Israeli Weapons Demands Are Excessive

On March 29, 2024, General Charles Q. Brown Jr. , the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, announced that the United States government has been incapable of supplying all the armaments Israel has requested to conduct its military campaign against Gaza.

“Although we’ve been supporting them with capability, they’ve not received everything they’ve asked for,” stated Brown. 

“Some of that is because they’ve asked for stuff that we either don’t have the capacity to provide or not willing to provide, not right now,” Brown added, while giving a speech at an event held by the Defense Writers Group.

Brown’s spokesperson later clarified that his remarks were making a reference to “a standard practice before providing military aid to any of our allies and partners.”

Per a report published by the Washington Post earlier in March that the US government has “quietly approved and delivered more than 100 separate foreign military sales to Israel” since the war kicked off on October 7, 2023, the day of Hamas’ bold attack on Israel.

The weapons shipments consisted of thousands of precision-guided munitions, small-diameter bombs, bunker busters, small arms, and other offensive military aid.

Thus far, just two military sales to Israel that were approved by US authorities have been reported publicly. The Cradle reported “that $106 million worth of tank ammunition and $147.5 million in components needed to make 155 mm shells” were the only military sales that received the greenlight from the US government. 

The international community largely views Israel’s punitive campaign as genocide. Thus far, well over 31,000 Palestinians have been slaughtered, which includes north of 13,000 children. 

At the rate things are going, the US is not only supporting a genocidal campaign that could turn into a full=blown regional war in the Middle East, it’s also depleting its valuable weapons stocks. With Mexican cartels, which are blowing past our southern border at will, increasingly becoming militarized, the US can’t afford to have its military resources depleted for the sake of supporting a parasitic ethno-religious state. 

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