“Thanks to the lobbying of Prince Bandar [of Saudi Arabia] and the support of Vice President George H.W. Bush, the U.S. Senate narrowly approves the $5.5-billion sale of AWACS aircraft to Saudi Arabia on October 28 [1981]. It is the birth of a policy that eventually sends approximately $200 billion in U.S. weapons to Saudi Arabia.”

 – Craig Unger, House of Bush, House of Saud, Page 302