Obama’s Pentagon Buys Helicopters From Same Russian Company Supplying Arms to Syrian Government

In what some on Capitol Hill are calling an outrage, the Pentagon announced plans to purchase 21 Mi-17 Russian helicopters from Rosoboronexport.  With a taxpayer price tag of $375 million, the purchase of Russian made helicopters will be completed over the next 4 years.  Worse yet is that they announced a contingency plan to purchase additional helicopters worth $550 million.

Although US taxpayers are buying these helicopters, they are not for us.  They are for Afghanistan to help build up their fleet of the Russian made helicopters.

As it turns out, Rosoboronexport is also doing business with the Syrian government who is purchasing weapons from them to be used on their own people.  In what some are calling an official civil war, the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have been attacking and killing thousands of his own people.  Al-Assad is not only attacking the opposition forces in his country, but he has repeatedly attacked women and children and in some cases lined them up for assassination, as what took place in the city of Houla where 108 were murdered.

The Defense Department is justifying their actions saying that they are buying the helicopters for Afghanistan and not for Syria.  They are also denying some accusations claiming that the DOD and the Obama administration are not pressing the arms to Syria issue too hard as they have been negotiating with Russia on a northern route into Afghanistan.

Sen John Cornyn (R-TX) expressed his outrage of the deal in a letter he sent Monday to Leon Panetta, the Secretary of Defense.  In the letter, Cronyn wrote,

"I remain deeply troubled that the DoD (Department of Defense) would knowingly do business with a firm that has enabled mass atrocities in Syria.”

"Such actions by Rosoboronexport warrant the renewal of US sanctions against it, not a billion-dollar DoD contract."

The only thing I’ve seen the Obama administration do in relation to Syria was when Secretary of State Hillary Clinton accused Russia of sending more attack helicopters and weapons to Assad and then lying about it.  But she hasn’t followed through with any action to stop them or to stop the genocide taking place in Syria.

I can’t help but recall the words of Mitt Romney, when he referred to the Obama administration, as having a ‘policy of paralysis’ concerning Syria and I have to agree with him.  I also have to agree with Sen Cornyn is wondering why we are awarding nearly $1 billion in contracts to the very company that is supplying arms to a tyrannical dictator who is using them to murder his women and children?  This is an outrage that every one of us needs to express to our Congressman/woman and Senator.  Washington needs to step in and stop this action.

At a time when our own country is facing a financial crisis, can’t pay our own bills and we still have millions of Americans out of work, why are we spending a $1 billion of our tax dollars on Afghanistan helicopters?  To begin with, I don’t believe we should be giving them any of our money when we don’t have it to give.  Wouldn’t it make more sense to put that $1 billion towards our national debt?  If we are obligated to provide helicopters to Afghanistan, then award the $1 billion contract to a US company to supply US made helicopters to Afghanistan?  Think of how that could help out our economy and help put some Americans to work.  Yes, I know that Afghanistan already has a fleet of Russian helicopters and that some of this contract is for parts to repair and maintain that fleet, but let them buy their own spare parts from Russia and keep the taxpayer dollars here at home where it is desperately needed.


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  • tcdesalvo

    It would appear the only way to protect our lead in technology is to with-hold it from that area of the world. Though it may sound counter productive for our economy, exposing the superiority of our tactical systems could prove more costly than the loss of dollars. It could compromise the effectiveness of our military.

    • djstorrie

      We don't have to give them our latest greatest. they can do just fine with some old hueys.

    • old salt

      What in the hell are you talking about. Who said anything about giving them advance technology. Our reserves and National Guard have plenty of old equipment that needs to be replaced. If we are to give them anything let it be our old equipment and replace our force equipment with the new contract.

  • richard

    Ok I strongly agree with the last paragraph, why are we spending OUR money to buy those rag heads anything, let them pay for them, they hate us so no more money. And IF we bought anything for the afgans it should only be American made equipment and NEVER foreighn made anything, if we are paying for it. That is part of the problem with the idiot in the WH hes doesn't have a clue

  • PMDavis

    It is obvious that Obama is in cahoots with the Russians, our enemy. It was obvious when he stopped the shield over the neighboring nations of Russia that left them wide open to Russia's attack, and then his comments made over the microphone that "he will be more flexible after the election," says that there is something underfoot. Then Obama wants to slash our defense and make our missiles unusable, with a supposed treaty with Russia, which in essence leaves America as a sitting duck for take over. So the question is, is it going to be the Russians or the muslims?

    • Wildman

      When the Russians next go to war, it will be against Israel. They will have allies. It is weritten, they will not onl be beaten, but only one sixth of their population will be left, that includes their allies also. When? I have no idea on the time table. But here are some facts, Russia has a huge Naval base in Syria, they have set up state of th art radar tha covers most of the nideast.. They also occupy two islands in the black sea. with 20,000 troops on each island, that are shock troops for rapid deloyment, they alredy have troops in Syria and Iran. The have another base in Armaineia, which can hold 250,000 troops, and are sending hat amount of troops there for rapid deployment.
      My sources, foreign news from Germny, the UK, and Israel. If you do not read foreign news, you should. War is coming.

      • PMDavis

        Israel is God's chosen nation and people. Nothing will happen to Israel that God does not allow. However, Russia is one of the main nations in the end times in the battle of Armageddon which brings about the end of this age. Russia and China are the two main countries at this time and that is exactly what is happening today. Russia is re-emerging as a super power and China has emerged as one as well.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kristopher-Smith/100000240232404 Kristopher Smith

          God isn't real.

        • PMDavis

          Kristopher I'm sorry you feel that way but God is very real.

        • Margaret Hood

          Amen! I am living proof of his grace and mercy through Christ Jesus who died upon a cruel Roman cross over two thousand year ago. He willingly took my place and became my sin, though he was without sin and came down and took the form of mankind and grieviously was nailed so cruelly upon a wooden crosss overlooking the Covenant land of Israel. 'IT IS FINISHED" ..he cried out so badly beaten and bloody by those whom he set free! FORGIVEN.....AMEN.

  • djstorrie

    This is just another step the manchurian, islamist, jihadest comander in cheif is taking the United States of America to ruins.

  • Ralph H Moran

    WHY ARE AMERICAN TAXPAYERS BUYING RUSSIAN HELICOPTERS can't the afgans learn how to fly American out dated ones. Don't sell them the best in the world, we will just end up fighting the again, sell them the old Hueys
    We buy Russian equipment and let our companies go broke, boy that makes a lot of sense. Way to go Obama

  • Doodlebug

    This arrogant, lying so called president, is giving way to much authority to the UN and hilly billy is right there by his side. They both want to give gun control to the UN too. I believe obummer is going to try to be our everlasting dictator. Ruler over all. He thinks he is God you know! Hang on, we are in for one hell of a ride which I think will result in another Civil War if this jerk is not stopped!

  • WARGI

    The problem with this story is that it points fingers in so many direction that you can twist it any way you want. Rosoboronexport is nothing more than the russian export department of military weapons, and with whom you must deal to purchase the Helicopters when they are military and they are always going to be the low bidder on Russian equipment when a government contract is put out for the equipment.
    Why are Russian Helicopter being used in Afghanistan, because they are half the price of the same western performance equivelant helicopter and not as sophisticated.
    Next you need to understand that when Russian helicopters are sold as new helicopters they are not built with all new equipment, many times the parts are overhauled back into new condition, not new manufacture.
    This article comparies apples , oranges, lemons, nuts, and onions to try to make its point.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/YUS7U7FGLNZXMLTUTS7KXUYTWY Donald Z

    Why in the world are we buying Russian Helos? Curse Obama.... We need jobs and this is just one more way to bring down American industry and destroying the country making it vulnerable to attack.

  • Wildman

    What is wrong with the United States supplying helicoters to Ahfganistan that are AMERICAN MADE?

  • ARMYOF69

    Our Feudal Lords are well entrenched with our country's enemies. We THE SERFS , still give them the major part of what we earn through our sweat and tears. In exchange, they SPIT on us. How long are we to take this enslavement?

  • Philip Lockerman

    I sure am glad that I don't get ALL the government bureaucracy that I pay for !

  • Chuck

    Afghanistan broke the former USSR. Did we not learn anything from their experience? No one has ever controlled the Afgans. Quit throwing money down a rat hole.

  • samtman

    I'm just so amazed at the sudden love for muslims on this posting.Could it be that radical muslims have something in common with TP Republicans haterad for President Obama.

  • Charlie

    Outrageous !

  • dondh

    If this socialist president odumbo isn't stopped in November, or sooner, America and our capitolistic way of life will be history! We must not allow this guy to preside any longer! In fact, I would like to see him go before November, but I doubt anybody in Washington, or anywhere else for that matter, has the guts to do anything about it! He definitely must go now or later in November!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NLORN6B3ZNGCAJTFHWWFUUEY4Q jong

    Good Lord. First this equipment like every thing else the Russians have built are not exactly top shelf. And I am sure that we will pay top price. Obama of course being a marxist buys from his political brothers and tells them our secrets.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rap.scallion.10 Rap Scallion

    I just wonder is it Vladimir that has the puppet Barry.......Or is Barry the sleeper agent put into the US, ala Manchurian Candidate, to finally end the USA! It is quite obvious that this man who we know NOTHING about is not in Americas best interest!

  • Marine101

    Can you say "treason"?

  • Phinneus

    Why in the **** are we buying ANYTHING of a military nature from the RUSSIANS???? Has the whole f****** government gone totally mad? Is there no USA manufacturer of choppers we can use. Trust the Russians to somehow sabotage these birds and make them a trap.

  • bluefighter

    It was due to our regulations that made American-Built helicopter harder to train and fly. Russian made them easier to fly without the need for training books. I once saw 20 manuals that was required to fly a Chinook.

  • shutupoprah

    anti president B.O. is a scheiykerl-

  • gnafuasusual

    Idiots!

  • RAY ALLEN

    what f**** is wrong with this goverment ,I have never seen such stupidity in my life. This whole group should be impeached. Where in gods name is the common sense

  • http://www.facebook.com/mark.veach.9 Mark Veach

    IS this science fiction????

  • Alfred

    There is more to this than is being reported. The actual plan is to have a joint airbase built by the USA and Russia. The airbase is for the Afghans. The helicopters will be Russian. The Russians will be providing the support for the helicopters on-site, as it is too expensive to ship them to Europe for repairs. This is old news.

  • VocalYokel

    How long before these things are killing Americans?

  • Blair

    Why not use AH-64 Apaches and teach the Afghans how to fly them?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IBPI63ABT264USBDALCN4F7UKY billy2

    ya, and this pos bitched at President Bush...............LMAO

  • skies

    Most of you people posting here are really screwed in the head!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YKSNMOOKV2VNV4QX4ICC3IJ4ZY Lili Q

    President Obama is only doing this to please his brethren Muslims and his favorite boyfriend Karzai who rejected US helicopters for his preferred Russian heliocopters.

  • MT Hammer

    Lets stop talking about it and take action , followthrough, all these people that work for the government have families , The DOD especially .They dont live at the Pentagon they have to go home sometime

  • Talltrees

    Why are we buying helicopters for Afghanistan at all? I doubt they can be taught how to fly them.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4ZQ6I2GKBRIL2CZAWZZO44HWQY Doc

    We can make our own helicopters. Why should we buy Russian or any one else's. Buy American and put U.S. citizens to work.

  • http://www.facebook.com/william.sasman William Sasman

    Another slap in the face to american workers. This another job getter for obama. Americans better wake up to him.

  • Mom2Marine

    In regards to his latest act....Just a thought...how many of the total illegal aliens (correct term), are Chinese....Russian....IS LAM ISTS?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Terry-Black/100003262604686 Terry Black

    US Attempting to Trigger Full Proxy War in Syria

    Tony Cartalucci

    Infowars.com

    June 17, 2012

    Over
    the last week, the US has
    been outright caught lying – admittedly by Pentagon officials, regarding
    Russian gunships being shipped to Syria. In New York Times’ “Copters in Syria May Not Be
    New, U.S. Officials Say,” a senior defense department official
    admitted when US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made her fraudulent claim
    regarding Russian weapon shipments, she “put a little spin on it to put the
    Russians in a difficult position.”

    The New York Times continued by stating, “Mrs. Clinton’s claim about the
    helicopters, administration officials said, is part of a calculated effort to
    raise the pressure on Russia to abandon President Bashar al-Assad, its main
    ally in the Middle East,” indicative of the campaign of propaganda and lies
    orchestrated by the US State Department, the British Foreign Office, and
    Western and Gulf State news outlets around the world to demonize both the
    Syrian government and its extensive allies around the world, contrary to the
    facts on the ground.

    Also adding to the
    torrent of propaganda was Human Rights Watch (HRW)
    and US State Department-run Amnesty International,
    both of which are funded by convicted criminal, Wall Street
    speculator George Soros, which attempted to level charges of
    “abuses” by Syrian forces, as always based solely on the “witness accounts” of
    admitted members of the opposition. The United Nations as well attempted
    to frame Syrian forces for using “children” as human shields. Despite having
    300 monitors on the ground in Syria, again, the report was compiled solely
    using opposition “witness accounts,” reminiscent of a late
    2011 UN human rights report also compiled from opposition
    hearsay, in Geneva – not even Syria – and compiled by Karen Koning AbuZayd.

    AbuZayd is concurrently a member of
    the Washington D.C. based Middle East Policy Council, along side
    current and former associates of Exxon, the US military, the CIA, the Saudi
    Binladin Group, the US-Qatari Business Council and
    both former and current members of the US government – illustrating an immense
    conflict of interests and devaluing the UN’s credibility to unprecedented lows.

    However,
    as evidence continues to point the finger at opposition sectarian extremists for the massacre at Houla,
    Syria, and at NATO-armed foreign fighters filtering into Syria to
    repeat atrocities now fully documented in Libya,
    organizations like Amnesty, HRW, and even the UN itself are increasingly losing
    credibility to convince all but the weakest of minds.

    Complete details: http://www.infowars.com/us-attempting-to-trigger-full-proxy-war-in-syria/

  • Ontherightintampa

    America's Military Policy is genuinely insane. As we move closer to 16 TRILLION of National Debt next year, why are we not executing a plan to close Military Bases outside of our country? Those countries basically don't WANT or NEED us to stand guard with them.

    Who appointed US as 'keepers of World Peace' anyway? Yes, problems WILL pop up, but perhaps it is time for us to start DRAWING DOWN on our desire for World Domination in all respects. This means that the UNITED NATIONS and our relationship to it should be seriously reconsidered.

  • Sis

    What happened to buy in AMERICA????

  • Someone

    The Russians are not our enemies, and they are not anti Israel, and the today's Israel it is not God chosen people, as the zombie followers of zionism wrongly believe.The real enemies of the mankind are the war mongers, the money manipulators, the crooked politicians.

  • marksman

    What in the H___ are we doing buying our defense equipment from the enemy??? That is the stupidest thing I have ever heard of. It is just one more act of treason that Obama has committed. I now think the people that say he is trying to destroy our country on purpose are right. If they are right about that then they may be right about Obama declaring martial law and setting himself up as King. He sure has been acting like it.

  • Mike

    He told the Russian President he would be "more flexible" after he is re-elected. That means he will cave to anything the Russians want to do. What a joke.

  • Margaret Hood

    Putin must be all beside himself to see his long known comrad inching ever so close to detroying the America he considered his aversary. Well done Mr. President. After the election yu two can convene and think about how close your admin, came to destorying the hope of the world by detroying the country that elected you and who the democrats didn't care to reveal you to us and the world ...up until now! Election Day is coming and I can't WAIT!