posted on Mar, 27 2005 @ 04:08 PM
Originally posted by drogo
i find it a bit amusing that the british are complaining about second rate millitary hardware.
- It's nothing to do with anything being "2nd rate"
It has got everything to do with bilking the British taxpayer for hardware that cannot work without the necessary computer codes. (unless we decide to
do our own at great additional cost)
It has got everything to do with Britain having been the USA's most staunch ally, at enormous cost and getting treated like a potential enemy or
credible security risk.
what about those subs that brittin sold canada? you remember the ones that are patheticaly useless.
- Firstly the Canadians knew Britain was planning to junk those 4 subs.
Secondly Britain did refurbish them before selling them on.
Thirdly Canada bought all 4 of them for a pittance.
Fourthly the inquirey has heard evidence that the Canadians were 'pushing' the last sub sold when it got into trouble off of Ireland (and when that
poor guy died).
Fifth, in what way has this the slightest relevance?
There is no similarity in this case at all.
it is the us's right to hold back some secrets. not nice mind you but it does belong to them.
A sale means the buyer becomes the owner.
(Stick an immobiliser on it and try to pull that one next time you sell your car, huh?)
If the UK (or any other nation) is buying hardware the least the selling nation can do is point out that the millions will be spent in vain as the
stuff won't be able to function.
Particularly when in the case of the F35 the UK is supposed to be a manufacturing partner.
Still, if that is how the Americans now want it, they'll maybe carry it off the once but ultimately it's their (already staggeringly sorry) balance
of payments that is going to suffer.
[edit on 27-3-2005 by sminkeypinkey]