The drone attacks in Saudi Arabia have changed the nature of global warfare

Saudi Arabia and the US’s failure to defend oil facilities has had an impact on the balance of power

Patrick Cockburn
@indyworld
The devastating attack on Saudi oil facilities by drones and missiles not only transforms the balance of military power in the Middle East, but marks a change in the nature of warfare globally.

On the morning of 14 September, 18 drones and seven cruise missiles – all cheap and unsophisticated compared to modern military aircraft – disabled half of Saudi Arabia’s crude oil production and raised the world price of oil by 20 per cent.

This happened despite the Saudis spending $67.6bn (£54bn) on their defence budget last year, much of it on vastly expensive aircraft and air defence systems, which notably failed to stop the attack. The US defence budget stands at $750bn (£600.2bn), and its intelligence budget at $85bn (£68bn), but the US forces in the Gulf did not know what was happening until it was all over.

read more here:

https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/saudi-arabia-drone-attacks-trump-us-iran-global-warfare-nato-a9113636.html

3 replies

  1. Actually I think these arms sales are a form of blackmail: Either you buy all that stuff or we will stop protecting you.

  2. Sorry, I should have posted this in the column: Laughter is the best medicine. It is really funny: purchasing nearly 68 billion USDs worth of arms and be defeated by a few hundred thousand dollars worth of drones…

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