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Sat Jul 20, 2019, 11:02 PM

US wants Colombia to buy $300M worth of advanced US jet fighters despite budget deficit

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Source: Colombia Reports

by Jack Norman July 20, 2019

The United States military has offered to sell Colombia 15 of the most advanced F-16 combat jets “to defend their airspace” against possible aggression from Venezuela, Foreign Policy reported Thursday.

Such a deal could cost close to $300 million, which would make it the largest arms purchase in Colombia’s history. It would strengthen the already deep relationship between the two countries’ militaries, according to US Air Force Major General Andrew Croft.

“Anytime we do a foreign military sale program with a nation, especially an airframe, it gives us a 40 to 50-year relationship,” Croft told Foreign Policy magazine. Croft is Commander of US Air Forces Southern, the air component of overall US Southern Command.

Colombia’s Defense Minister Guillermo Botero denied reports the government was considering the purchase of $367.4 million in anti-aircraft missiles in October last year, “because we don’t have the budget.”


Read more: https://colombiareports.com/us-wants-colombia-to-buy-300m-worth-of-advanced-us-jet-fighters-despite-budget-deficit/

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sat Jul 20, 2019, 11:07 PM

1. No, let's not sell jets to the Colombian military.

 

Especially under Duque.

I wonder what House Democrats will have to say

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sat Jul 20, 2019, 11:37 PM

2. Venezuela has enough economy/budget to do a serious attack?

Venezuela has enough economy/budget to do a serious attack?

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Response to keithbvadu2 (Reply #2)

Sun Jul 21, 2019, 12:03 AM

3. It's a ginned up threat by a snake oil salesman.

 

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Response to keithbvadu2 (Reply #2)

Sun Jul 21, 2019, 10:49 AM

8. Right

Remember the stories of starving Venezualan people breaking into zoos to slaughter the animals for food? The animals are already starving themselves.

https://www.chicagotribune.com/columns/john-kass/ct-venezuela-zoo-animals-kass-0818-20170817-column.html

There's not many pets left either. Tons of people dig thru garbage to find something to eat. How the hell does anyone think they can wage war on another country?

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sun Jul 21, 2019, 12:05 AM

4. This is a lot like the secret, $2 bn arms deal signed by Argentina's Macri w/ the Pentagon in 2016

The order was not only colossal by Argentine standards (they have a $3 bn annual defense budget - of which 80% is payroll and benefits); but it wasn't authorized by Argentina's Congress, and was therefore illegal.

And it might have gone through but for the whistle being blown by senior Indiana Congressman Pete Visclosky.

His office published a copy of the memo in March 2017, thereby putting the kibosh on the deal.

https://www.democraticunderground.com/113319448

The ensuing scandal forced Macri's Ambassador to the U.S. Martín Lousteau (whose ambition is matched only by his incompetence), to resign just days later.

This was probably the biggest scandal to hit Macri since his name appeared all over the Panama Papers a year earlier.

The biggest difference is that in Colombia, they're unfortunately so accustomed to these shenanigans (and much worse) I doubt anyone will remember a month from now.

Thanks for posting these news, Judi. Never a dull moment in Latin America.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sun Jul 21, 2019, 12:33 AM

5. A mess of surplus A-10 warthogs would make more sense

And I understand we have a boneyard full of them, and what's more, Boeing has been making noise that the can recondition them as good as new to get them back on the market.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sun Jul 21, 2019, 01:28 AM

6. No money for schools, housing, feeding the poor, rebuilding the infrastructure...

But we always got plenty of money for kill toys and war machines!

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Response to Initech (Reply #6)

Sun Jul 21, 2019, 08:53 AM

7. Pay day for GOP donors

The military industrial complex can't survive off of the 800 billion they take from American tax payers, yes the ones who pay taxes, so they are now selling weapons to the world, with GOP backing. Even to the country that bred and grew 9/11 attackers. Just to hold em over for cash flow until the GOP can create another war. Money for killing, just not the "Fortunate Sons".

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sun Jul 21, 2019, 11:45 AM

9. Robbing the poor to aid the rich. If there's real concern, just give them the damned things.

At least we weren't trying to sell them any F-35 LighteningLemons

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sun Jul 21, 2019, 01:14 PM

10. How does Croft benefit financially?

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sun Jul 21, 2019, 03:59 PM

11. Well down the road they are going to need something to replace their aging IAI Kfir's...

....of which they have 21. It's a Israeli copy of the Dassault Mirage 5 and getting pretty old.

Their most likely opponent Venezuela has 23 Sukhoi Su-30's with 12 more on order and 16 F-16A's.

Colombia could get by with some used F-16's though or some Swedish JAS 39 Gripen's.


Colombian Kfir:


JAS 39 Gripen:


Both being Delta wings with front canards ought to make transitioning easier for the pilots

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sun Jul 21, 2019, 06:36 PM

12. After a review by forum hosts....LOCKING

This is an analysis piece about a sales offer, not important news in the US.

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