ALOHA, ALL!! This Obama Thugocracy never quits. They stop at nothing to punish “enemies” (like the state of Arizona) and reward cronies (like George Soros) even if it puts American jobs and security at risk. To wit:
With a bidding dispute for an Air Force contract – one that would arm our allies in Afghanistan – raging between Kansas-based Hawker Beechcraft and Brazil’s Embraer, the choice should be clear. Hawker Beechcraft would create American jobs, and it’s planes have been used by American forces – who would be tasked with training the Afghanis – before. This prior knowledge of the aircraft would expedite the process of equipping Afghanistan with a self-sufficient defense force. But, once again, the Obama Administration is playing politics as usual, putting American jobs and national security on the line.
Retired three-star USAF Gen. Jeff Remington outlines the issue in an op-ed for Fox News, which you can read in its entirety here: Why Is Team Obama Playing Politics With Our National Security?
A well-equipped air force is a vital component to ensuring Afghanistan’s independence and self-determined defense. “A crucial aspect of an Afghani self-determined defense strategy will be the control of its skies. The US Air Force is currently in the process of procuring aircraft to support the Afghan Air Force, which would add 20 state of the art aircraft to the Afghan military arsenal. [Jeff Remington, USAF (ret.), “Why is Team Obama playing politics with our national security?” Fox News, 06/26/2012. http://tinyurl.com/7s9j8l2]
However, the road to acquiring the aircraft to enhance the Afghan military arsenal, and expedite the process of Afghan-led security in the skies, has been wrought with confusion and a smoke and mirrors saga that has lasted for months. “Unfortunately, the road to this has been met with several significant bumps, as the Air Force last year awarded the contract to Brazilian company Embraer for its Super Tucano, as opposed to Kansas-based Hawker Beechcraft for its AT-6, which is manufactured in America. In a recent turn of events, however, the contract for the Brazilian-made aircraft was dismissed by the Secretary of the Air Force, and the contract is back on the table, setting off a new bidding process once again between a foreign company and one that is American-owned and operated.” [Jeff Remington, USAF (ret.), “Why is Team Obama playing politics with our national security?” Fox News, 06/26/2012. http://tinyurl.com/7s9j8l2]
It’s a simple equation. The AT-6 would create American jobs, and has actually been flown by American pilots before. “One has to ask then, why would we want to provide an aircraft that is not even made in this country or flown by our own Airmen, particularly after the U.S. has invested so much in Afghanistan over the past decade?” [Jeff Remington, USAF (ret.), “Why is Team Obama playing politics with our national security?” Fox News, 06/26/2012. http://tinyurl.com/7s9j8l2]
Furthermore, giving Embraer such a contract would still lead to stalled development, and drag out the process of equipping Afghanistan’s air force. “The clock is ticking to get Afghanistan the air support they so desperately need. Even if Embraer’s Super Tucano was awarded a contract tomorrow, it would take years to get the required certification for weapons employment. Meanwhile, the AT-6 has been certified for US and NATO weapons employment, and it is a familiar platform to US Airmen and air forces around the world through Hawker Beechcraft’s widely popular T-6 trainer aircraft.” [Jeff Remington, USAF (ret.), “Why is Team Obama playing politics with our national security?” Fox News, 06/26/2012. http://tinyurl.com/7s9j8l2]
Throughout the entire dispute, Brazil’s government has employed tactics that would seem as threats to the United States. “As Vinod Sreeharsha with McClatchy News reported, “Marco Aurelio Garcia, a foreign policy adviser to Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, said: ‘We have a very good relation with the U.S. and we want to continue to develop it. But a decision like this creates problems not only in military relations but in economic and commercial relations.’” [Jeff Remington, USAF (ret.), “Why is Team Obama playing politics with our national security?” Fox News, 06/26/2012.http://tinyurl.com/7s9j8l2]
Embraer itself has acknowledged that it has no vested interested in America’s national security, or in ensuring that Afghanistan’s forces are adequately equipped. “After all, Embraer itself has stated that the real value in the LAS contract is not the dollar figure associated with the 20 aircraft, but rather to add the US military to its resume, opening the door for business with other countries, nefarious or not.” [Jeff Remington, USAF (ret.), “Why is Team Obama playing politics with our national security?” Fox News, 06/26/2012. http://tinyurl.com/7s9j8l2]
But rather than stand up to attempts at intimidation, the Obama Administration seems content to play the politics of appeasement to a nation that has made veiled threats, and a company that is indifferent to America’s security. “Because of the pressure coming from Brazil over the contract, the Obama administration and State Department are, in somewhat unprecedented fashion, stepping into the fray. In April, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta visited the country as part of a highly-publicized campaign to promote an initiative known as the US – Brazil Defense Cooperation Dialogue, during which he alluded to Brazil as among “our closest partners.” [Jeff Remington, USAF (ret.), “Why is Team Obama playing politics with our national security?” Fox News, 06/26/2012. http://tinyurl.com/7s9j8l2]
Coincidence? Embraer recently merged with a Chinese aviation company called Hainan to create Harbin Embraer Aircraft Industry Company Ltd., an entity owned by billionaire Democratic donor George Soros. ”To clarify Soros is an owner of Hainan and Harbin Embraer Aircraft Industry Co., Ltd. Essentially he has interests in this project. Lets not forget after the Gulf Oil Spill Obama placed a moritorium on oil production in the U.S. Coincidentally he gave the oil rights to that region to a company called Petrobas, another Brazilian company, that Soros is a share owner of. Coincidence that Soros funded Obama’s campaign?” [Andrew Curtiss, "Soros is at it again," Examiner.com, 1/7/2012. http://tinyurl.com/7kutztp]
Seeing to it that our allies are sufficiently armed to fight terror is a hallmark of American foreign policy, and the Obama Administration must stop playing these political games in the face of America’s national security. “In order to successfully and independently fight terror, countries like Afghanistan need a superior aircraft from a trustworthy and reliable source. Currently, the US Air Force has identified at least 27 countries, in addition to Afghanistan, which require an aircraft to fulfill Light Air Support (LAS) missions as defined by the United States Air Force. Building “partnership capacity,” by manufacturing and supplying aircraft to America’s allies, is a key role outlined in America’s national security strategy.” [Jeff Remington, USAF (ret.), “Why is Team Obama playing politics with our national security?” Fox News, 06/26/2012. http://tinyurl.com/7s9j8l2]
Not to mention the millions who remain unemployed at home. President Obama is conversely refusing to walk the walk when it comes to his rhetoric on getting Americans back to work. ‘Stop Shipping Jobs Overseas’ Says Obama As He Ships Defense Jobs Overseas
More hypocrisy from the Blamer-in-Chief
“President Obama escalated his campaign’s latest line of attack on Mitt Romney’s business career on Tuesday, telling audiences at a series of fund-raising events that when it came to job creation, the former Massachusetts governor excelled more at creating them overseas than in America.” [Helene Cooper & Ashley Parker, “Obama Calls Romney Possible ‘Outsourcer in Chief’” New York Times, 6/26/12 http://nyti.ms/Opr5s9]
“But the fact is, the Obama administration stands as rank hypocrites when it comes to outsourcing. Through an Air Force contract, the Obama regime has been trying its best to outsource important national security jobs to a foreign entity in Brazil that has ties to the Iranian government.” [Bryan Preston, “Why is Obama Outsourcing National Security Jobs?” PJ Tatler, 6/27/12 http://bit.ly/LBBYFu]
Final Thought: ”It’s time to stop rewarding businesses that ship jobs overseas, and start rewarding companies that create jobs right here in America.” Barack Obama, 2012 State of the Union Speech
GOD BLESS AMERICA – PASS THIS ON – REMEMBER IN NOVEMBER!!