The beneficiaries of this new policy will be the major arms manufacturers: Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, General Dynamics Corporation, United Technologies and Northrop Grumman. These six firms are among the eight largest weapons dealers on the planet (the two that are not American companies are the British arms dealer BAE Systems and the European arms dealer Airbus). These private companies sell weapons to 167 countries across the planet – that’s 85% of the nation-states. Focus for this is on Yemen, where Saudi Arabia and the UAE are conducting a ruthless war against this impoverished country. The UN recently said that Yemen has become the world’s ‘worst humanitarian crisis’. Three quarters of the country’s population – around 22 million people – are in terrible straits, with hunger and disease rampant. Half of this population – over 11 million – are children. The UN has said that almost all children in Yemen have been adversely impacted by the Saudi and UAE bombing war. In March, the US government approved a $1 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia. A resolution in the US Senate to block arms sales to Saudi Arabia because of the Yemen war was killed off by lawmakers. But this sale was small compared to what the US has sold to Saudi Arabia over the past half-decade. Arms sales to the Kingdom have increased in this period by 225%. Last May, when Trump was in Saudi Arabia, the US firms inked deals worth $110 billion in arms sales. Saudi Arabia is the largest purchaser of US arms. Half of all arms sales are to the Middle East. It is well-worth considering that the arms sales, rather than fundamentalism, fuel the conflicts in the Middle East. The US National Security Council, in a statement, notes that the Trump administration ‘is intent on ensuring that US industry has every advantage in the global marketplace’. This means that the Trump administration will make sure that the monopoly position of US arms manufacturers is maintained and that it will continue to fuel conflict across the planet. In 2015, Noam Chomsky said that the United States is the ‘world’s biggest terrorist’. This is the kind of thing he had in mind – the bombs manufactured by US arms companies, promoted by the White House, that kill civilians in places such as Yemen. A child dies every ten minutes in Yemen. Lockheed Martin, as much as the Saudi and Emirati governments, should be in the dock for those deaths.