• U.S. Awards $1.7 Billion Contract to Buy Radios for Afghan Army

    July 29, 2016

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    Posted in: Afghanistan, Economy, Military




    I always found myself giggling during the Democratic debates when Hillary would ask Bernie how he was going to pay for things like healthcare or college tuition, and then Bernie stammering to find an answer.


    They both knew the secret but neither would say it — there’s plenty of money, we just don’t want to spend it on Americans.

    We think of that as freeloading, unearned stuff. Go get a job, moocher. But then move the same question overseas and everything changes. There is always plenty of money, and the people getting free stuff from that money aren’t moochers. They’re allies.

    So how much healthcare would $1.7 billion buy? Because that’s how much money the United States just laid out to buy radios for the near-useless Afghan Army. And while I don’t know how much healthcare the money would buy, I do know it will purchase a helluva lot of radios. Is everyone in Afghanistan getting one? Maybe we’re buying them for the Taliban, too.


    Anyway, the $1,700,000,000 radios for Afghanistan contract was just recently awarded to the Harris Corporation. And here’s a funny thing: only one company — Harris — actually put in a bid for the contract.

    But the Afghans must need more stuff than just radios, and so the U.S. has money ready for that.

    The United States will provide $3 billion to the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces from 2018 to 2020 for, well, we don’t really know. Meanwhile, the U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan said the White House planned to ask Congress for about $1 billion a year in development and economic assistance for Afghanistan through 2020. And if that isn’t enough, the United States and its allies are expected to raise $15 billion for the Afghan National Defense and Security forces at a NATO summit scheduled for next month in Warsaw.

    There’s money. You just can’t have any of it, moochers.



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    • rich bauer said...

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      Two can play this shell game: every US taxpayer should write a big write-off check to the “US-Afghan Charity”, which promises to help the Afghan poor but really does nothing – much like AID. Then the “US-Afghan Charity” sends the money back to a real US charity that actually benefits poor Americans. Since Trump will gut the IRS, the tax scheme will never be investigated. USA, USA.

      07/29/16 9:21 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      Radios???? You mean as in..AM/FM? Hahaha. Assuming of course..there are AM/FM broadcasting stations in Afghanistan..right?

      er..wait.. Harris Corp. I get it. Of course. Of STINGRAY fame. right. First off, they will only receive one channel. The USG propaganda channel. And then..of course..assuming these will be portable/battery powered… unbeknownst to the lucky people who get one(or those that fall into the hands of the Taliban/al-queda).. they’ll have a secret..built in GPS/mic/broadcast chip.
      Brilliant.
      sheeeezusfuckingchrist. Meanwhile..unbeknownst to the Dumbest Fucking Country of the Planet ..the USG ALREADY DID IT HERE. Yes. Here. Last summer, even here in the little town I live in out in the land that time forgot, the USG set up a portable “tents”, for a week at a time, at each Family Dollar, Dollar General and local markets, with a HUGE sign..saying FREE SMARTPHONES!!! Of course, the Dumbest People in My Town, lined up in droves..to receive their “free” smartphone. And they did this all over Murika. How nice. right.

      ya know… if stupidity were weather, the United States would be the Great Red Spot on Jupiter.

      07/29/16 9:23 AM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...

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      Of course, since most American taxpayers need that Afghan money, the “US Charity” money goes back to their bank accounts. This will piss off the Wall Street War Party, which will eliminate all charity deductions.

      07/29/16 9:28 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      Rich said:

      “Since Trump will gut the IRS, the tax scheme will never be investigated. USA, USA.”

      Really? Hey..I guess his ideas aren’t ALL bad.

      🙂

      07/29/16 9:36 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      Meanwhile, the British use a different approach…

      https://motherboard.vice.com/read/gchq-url-shortener-twitter-honeypot-arab-spring

      Along with the FBI’s use of a Porn site, I wouldn’t doubt the new SNAP cards with an RFID chip, will now track every “poor” person in Murika. Trump will love that. Next thing he’ll mandate is for every person on the SNAP program to report to..”re-education” camps. You bet your sweet bippy.

      07/29/16 9:45 AM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...

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      “Along with the FBI’s use of a Porn site, I wouldn’t doubt the new SNAP cards with an RFID chip, will now track every “poor” person in Murika.

      The FBI is already drowning in useless “intelligence.” They can’t process the good intel to track the real terrorists (e.g. Boston, Orlando) when they are tracking journalists and the few people who still give a damn.

      07/29/16 10:03 AM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...

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      Crazy Talk Radio: The Don wants to put a “hit” on his enemies. Guess all that business with the Mob rubbed off.

      07/29/16 10:09 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      rich bauer said…
      “The FBI is already drowning in useless “intelligence.”
      That doesn’t stop them. After all..13k NSL’s in 2015 alone. Btw.. if the FBI believes there are 13k people who “might” be “terrorists”, and they haven’t stopped a single terrorist act.. this tells me something.

      Besides..it won’t be the FBI. It’ll be the US “Labor”/SS depts. You know..fraud and all that shit. I mean..can’t have poor people, at least in Murika, cheating the system. After all..that money could be used for RADIO’s for Afghanistan poor. Insert two rolling eyes smiley here.

      07/29/16 10:16 AM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...

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      “Btw.. if the FBI believes there are 13k people who “might” be “terrorists”, and they haven’t stopped a single terrorist act.. this tells me something.”

      1. CYA time.

      2. They really don’t know what they are doing – which will not come as a big surprise to most law enforcement agencies.

      07/29/16 10:43 AM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...

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      Radio Free America: General Allen’s “greatest country on the earth” just vaporized another 28 civilians in Syria.

      http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/07/29/calls-for-us-to-stop-bombing-syria-as-us-airstrike-kills-dozens/

      07/29/16 1:16 PM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...

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      America tuning Donald out: his “have you no shame” moment.

      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/khizr-khan-trump-muslim_us_579aaf63e4b08a8e8b5d7973

      I think this is will be history’s pivotal moment for The Donald. As an enemy of State, he may wish to call his good buddy Putin and ask for the same deal Snowden got.

      07/29/16 2:12 PM | Comment Link

    • Bruce said...

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      $’ALL, Volks : To guard teh Poppy Bushs.

      07/29/16 2:25 PM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...

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      07/29/16 2:41 PM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...

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      Wow, history does repeat itself: little dick-tator suffers serious injury by war hero.

      07/29/16 2:57 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      Meanwhile.. the USG Intelligence Community ..”honors” whistleblowers…

      http://odnigov.tumblr.com/post/148160272640/national-whistleblower-appreciation-day-july-29

      Ok Peter …all together now…

      BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA…HAHAHAHAHAHAH… HAHAHAHAHAH…. HOHOHOHOHOHOHO.. HEEHEHEHEHEHEHEHE… HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA…

      These motherfucking fuckface scumsucking scumbags of scumbags never fucking cease to amaze me…

      07/29/16 8:30 PM | Comment Link

    • teri said...

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      It’s estimated that $5bb will have been spent on the election when all is said and done. Someone has money.

      And we are “negotiating” a ten year-$40bb aid package to Israel. 4 billion a year. They already get the biggest chunk of “aid” money the US gives anyone (they got 3.1bb in 2015). It’s supposed to be for weapons and military upgrades so they can “protect” themselves from all the other people in the Middle East that they keep antagonizing and threatening. Like the horrible Palestinians, who constantly lob those Malatov cocktails and rocks over the ghetto fences, all unprovoked and shit. (That’s sarcasm, BTW. I have seen zero pictures of Israeli hospitals and apartment complexes destroyed by Palestinian “bombs”. I have, however, seen hundreds of pictures of Palestinian infrastructure utterly destroyed by Israeli bombs. Why do you suppose that is? The Israelis should be happy to show any proof they have ever been seriously attacked by Palestine, but they don’t because they haven’t any. Could it be that the Palestinians don’t really have any substantial weapons? They are throwing rocks over the fences, for God’s sake. And who can blame them?) Of course, without our aid to support their military, those Israelis might not have free healthcare and college. They’d have to pay their own damn way and only have the weapons they could afford all by themselves and have to give up their healthcare and other free stuff to pay for them.

      Funny how when Americans clamor for tax-payer monies to go toward universal healthcare or for lowering the cost of college, it’s because we are lazy-ass welfare queens who want “free stuff”, but when we simply give our taxes to Israel so they can have those very same things, it’s because they somehow have the “right” to it.

      I have to wonder how belligerent and bloodthirsty Israel would be if they had to pay for their little wars themselves.

      http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2016/06/14/40-billion-aid-to-Israel-is-largest-ever-to-any-country-says-Susan-Rice/5461465914964/

      07/30/16 6:47 AM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      I had a dream years ago- All the Israelites from every part of the world instead of returning to their “holy” land would settle maybe in Australia to form a nation. There was plenty of outback the Aussies would have gladly sold them. They could ship about ten inches of top soil of their cherished roots via cargo ship over 50 years along with their “holy sites”. Everything could be transferred to a safe setting. They would be safe without all those pesky Arabs and Muslims loitering around their newly established border. The USA might still be sending billions for them to protect themselves from the aboriginals of Austrailia but I could work with that.

      07/30/16 6:59 AM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      BDS

      07/30/16 9:31 AM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...

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      Trump is getting radio-active: Hitler committed suicide rather than be paraded in front of the Russians. Trump is committing political suicide with his endless fool-speed ahead tactics. The GOP should give up on the fool and settle for Saving Paul Ryan, the fool on the hill.

      https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/jul/30/donald-trump-muslim-father-khizr-khan-democratic-convention-speech

      07/30/16 2:04 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      rich bauer said…
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      “Trump is getting radio-active: ”

      Well Rich.. at this point I’d submit the only thing we have left is a shot of whatever behooves you, bottle of the best beer you have access to, and a pipeload..

      http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/news/2016/07/29/cannabis-researchers-pharma-say-recreational.html

      07/30/16 7:05 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      Killery/2016. Free Assange, Manning and Snowden (to start with)

      07/30/16 7:09 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      Turkey and NATO base …..interesting RT headline now.

      07/30/16 8:00 PM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...

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      “Well Rich.. at this point I’d submit the only thing we have left is a shot of whatever behooves you.”

      Got to stay sober for the next act. The GOP will start impeachment proceedings against Hillarious the day she sets foot in the Whore House.

      07/31/16 7:43 AM | Comment Link

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