Skip to comments.Obama Overrides Congress to Buy $690 Million Worth of Russian Choppers for Afghan Air Force
Posted on 04/09/2013 7:52:08 AM PDT by Nachum
Apparently America has too many jobs so Obama will be spending taxpayer money to support Russias defense industry on behalf of Afghanistan. And hes doing so over the bipartisan objections of Congress from both the right and left and a ban on buying them written into the NDAA.
The US Department of Defense said Thursday it plans to sidestep a Congressional ban to purchase 30 helicopters from Russian state-owned defense firm Rosoboronexport, despite objections from US lawmakers who allege that the firm has equipped the Syrian government to commit brutal crimes against civilians.
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With Russian helicopter sales Afghanistan come Russian military advisors, Russian flight/maintenance training, Russian base support and logistics, Russian communications, etc etc etc
Hey I got an idea! Lets let the Russians sell the Afghan govt helicopters and then our noble new CIA chief John Brennan can set up a secret operation to shuttle STINGERS weapons to the Tolly-bon and al Qaeda to shoot the Russian choppers down!
Then the Russians can do scorched earth on the Afghan countryside to mop up what we don't have the balls or inhumanity to mop up
Brilliant- why no one ever thought of that
The House should just zero out the appropriation. Are they really that scared of the lame duck Won? Or do they know something?
Odumbass doesn’t know that the job of The President is to CARRY OUT the laws, as head administrator, not MAKE them.
As a “constitutional scholar” (huh??) he should know this.
0bama re-elected himself. There’s only ONE election a Chicago thug has to fight to win; The FIRST one. After that, it’s election theft Chicago-style.
$23 Million per helicopter?
I can get you them wholesale at $20Mil each
More like not so secret.
Taxpayers are obviously paying congresscritters for gazing at their navels.
I don’t think he wants to be president for life. By the time this term ends he will have succeeded in destroying the country and fattening his retirement coffers. He’ll go off and enjoy the fruits of his “labors”.
How else is cash strapped Russia going to obtain the working Capitol to support all of the R&D efforts and to hire the the engineering and technical people to modernize their aerospace industrial base and fund their next generation of Russian attack helicopters ?
The Russians currently are producing obsolete helos and they have to get ready to have state of the art helos for the next war and they have lots of unemployed people to take care of. Not to mention they are losing revenue and world power due to their inability to market state of the art aircraft able to compete with the united states. If the contract were let to an American company all the nearly billion dollars would be spent to provide jobs for Americans and would help develop American aerospace technology, and would keep American aerospace companies in business during hard times
You are right.
I would laugh but it isn’t funny, if you know what I mean.
Why is this being allowed to happen? Where is the outrage from Congress?
Is this a case of "Republican bad, Democrat good?" The hypocricy is outrageous!
He does everything he can to help people who hate us.
That’s a lot of loot. 0bama could take what, four or five vacations on that?
Of course they do perform better at etreme altitudes, and they are easier to maintain. Sort of an AR vs AK question.
But the real question is why are we buying them ANYTHING? Afghanistan will not even pretend to be a nation state friendly to us 15 minutes after we leave. Karzia already stands against us. The Taliban is already poised to take power, and is even given legitimacy by us and Karzai.
Does anyone in their right mind think the Afghan army, will use these, to attack the Taliban after we leave?
This and the planned Super Tucano buy is a disgraceful fraud, designed to enrichen contractors and procurement officers. Anything else is an outright lie.
Regarding that picture:
One is a Lying Commie Bastard, the other is the President of Russia.
Stealing taxpayer money for his and his slave masters benefit.
Well, it IS after the election....
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