Government Purchase of Russian Helicopters for Afghan Air Force-Truth!
Summary of the eRumor: This is a forwarded email that
alleges that the U.S. Government is planning to purchase Russian
helicopters for the Afghan Air Force at a cost of $700 million.
Members of Congress have criticized the U.S.
Government for planning to purchase 10 Russian Mi-17 helicopters "for
the Afghan National Army Air Corps, after the Pentagon already spent
$648 million to buy or refurbish 31 of the aircraft." This
according to a
June 19, 2010 article by Fox News.
The article said the
reason for the decision by the U.S. Government not to equip the Afghan
Air Force with U.S. made helicopters is because the Afghan pilots "were
not trained to fly American-built helicopters." The chief of
Afghanistan's air corps, General Mohammed Dawran, said that the learning
curve would be too great as "most of the pilots were in their 40s and
set in their ways."
A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internet:
Does anyone remember Barack Obama's
great promise of the campaign of 2012? He did not make a promise to
America nor to Americans. He did not make a promise to fellow
politicians. Unlike so many of his promises, he is keeping this one. His
promise was to Vladimir Putin of Russia. What is Obama doing to keep his
promise to Putin? Everyone remembers the hot mike incident in 2012 when
Barack Obama pleaded with Russian President Dmitri Medvedyev to give him
time until the election. After the election, he promised Vladimir Putin,
through Medvedyev, he would be more "flexible." Now we have seen this
Barack Obama is going to spend almost
$700 million dollars of taxpayer money to buy Russian helicopters for
the Afghan Air Force. But wait. Just like those TV commercials, this
gets better. When Congress passed the 2013 National Defense
Authorization Act, it had an interesting provision. Congress included,
as a part of that law a prohibition on the United States buying
helicopters from Rosoboronexport, the Russian manufacturer of the Mi-17
Unfortunately as always happens, when such laws are passed, Congress
always gives the Regime an escape hatch. The law stated that Obama could
buy from Rosoboronexport if the Secretary of Defense certified it was in
the interest of National Security. And of course, the Secretary of
Defense, Chuck Hagel, a man committed to destroying the US military
immediately signed off on that certification. Where do we even start
with this one?
Congress is outraged over this with Senators and Representatives from
both parties writing letters about this. Of course, this is Congress'
fault for allowing a law to be written with such an escape hatch. More
importantly, Americans need to be asking just what the hell the Obama
Regime is doing.
Why are we spending $700 million dollars with a Russian arms
manufacturer? Why are we even giving the Afghans these helicopters?
If we are going to give them helicopters, which we really shouldn't,
then why not give them American made helicopters and put Americans to
Even if we are going to give the Afghans Russian helicopters, the ones
we are giving them are an old Cold War design. There are hundreds of
used MI-17 helicopters floating around the world. Why are we paying to
give the Afghans brand new helicopters?
In the era of the Sequester, isn't there something better we can do with
$700 million? American Medicare cancer patients are being turned away
from hospitals and are being denied life saving treatment because of
budget cuts. The American military is being gutted to the point of
ineffectiveness because of budget cuts.
Or consider this. The United States Air Force is grounding 17 squadrons
because of $591 million dollars in budget cuts. Our Air Force is not
able to do its mission because it lacks the money to fly but we have the
money to give Afghanistan $700 million dollars in Russian helicopters.
And this is where Barack Obama thinks we should spend our money? Most
people reading this story will not have heard about it. Why?
Because the Obama Propaganda Media is moving in lock step to make sure
there is no bad news that might damage Obama's presidency.
This is a story that should damage him and outrage every American.
Ask your Senator or Congressman why this outrage is being allowed and
take a moment to share this story with your friends.
The only way we will ever stop Obama is if the American people know what
he is doing.