Things I Don’t Mind v. Things I Mind Quite a Lot, Thank You

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on June 12, 2012

I don’t mind getting attack helicopters for the Afghan government to ensure that it is sufficiently equipped to keep peace and order in Afghanistan and to help the Afghan government fight off Taliban efforts to disturb peace and order.

But when the United States government declares that the best way to get attack helicopters to the Afghans is to purchase them from a Russian company involved in arming the Syrian regime as it tries to hang on to power, well, I am rather perturbed, especially since by the admission of the Obama administration–and I have no reason to doubt the accuracy of this charge–the Russian government (which is likely working hand in glove with the company involved in selling arms to Bashar al-Assad and his gang of murderers) has failed to tell the truth regarding the sale of arms to the Syrian regime. Arms sales that include–you guessed it!–attack helicopters.

Is there really no other source for these helicopters? I mean, my understanding is that we make helicopters from time to time. I am further of the understanding that we make good helicopters. Why can’t we sell those to the Afghans?

And while I am asking questions, here is another one: Don’t people think that Mitt Romney might have something to say about this issue?

  • Stephen

    Wrong question; rather: What is the price for exiting our equipment through the ‘Stans north of Afghanistan?  Quid pro quo.

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