Most people don’t know what is and isn’t common in the military, so naturally a lot of Americans were shocked to discover the U.S. military regularly trains people from other countries, even countries with a history of funding terrorism.
A lot of people learned about this fact following the terror attack on a Navy base in Pensacola Florida earlier this December. When the perpetrator was found to be a member of a Saudi military group, Americans we outraged.
Business Insider reports that following the attack, the Department of Defense put a pause on the training of all Saudi students.
The Department of Defense has ordered a pause on operational training for all Saudi military personnel training in the US as the department conducts a review in the wake of the deadly shooting last Friday at Naval Air Station Pensacola, according to a DoD memo.
Deputy Secretary of Defense David L. Norquist, at the order of Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, issued a memo Tuesday calling for the department to take “immediate steps to strengthen personnel vetting” for international military students and complete a review within 10 days of “policies and procedures for screening foreign students and granting access to our bases.”
“Pending the completion of a security and safety stand-down,” he wrote, “training of KSA students at US installations will be limited to the classroom.”
Yesterday, the Pentagon announced they had completed their review, and said they “can report that no information indicating an immediate threat scenario was discovered.”
VOAnews.com says that the conclusion cleared the way for the U.S. military services to, at their discretion, lift a freeze on operational training that had grounded Saudi military pilots and had restricted Saudi students to classwork.
The FBI has said U.S. investigators believe Saudi Air Force Second Lieutenant Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, 21, acted alone when he launched his attack at a U.S. Navy base in Pensacola, Florida, on December 6. A deputy sheriff fatallly shot Alshamrani during the attack.
To sum it up, a Saudi student shot and killed American troops on a naval base on American soil. Saudi Arabia is routinely criticized for not doing enough to combat terrorism. The Pentagon doesn’t care, and says “sure, keep sending them over.”