posted on May, 9 2006 @ 01:06 PM
Yes it does seem a lot to be spending on a project like that, but i guess theres two ways of looking at it.
With the current state of debt and spending by the government, some would say that adding another $6b to that is outrageous. Marine One obviously
works fine at the moment otherwise they would'nt use it for Bush. Some would say that $6b could be better else used elsewhere like New Orleans.
Then again, wastefull as that amount may seem to an outsider, these sort of things don't come cheap. There are cheaper ways of making sure the
president is kept secure, but they are definatley going to comprimise his safety and running of the country, especially in times of emergency. Thats
something that you just can't have no matter what people may think of the guy. At the end of the day, like it or not, Bush is running the country at
the moment, and he needs to have his surroundings updated to a high standard in order for him to do that. Whilst a lot of people blame the government
for a lot of the terrorist acts we see, sometimes there may be genuine attacks by terrorists that could see the need for the president to run things
from his heli or plane. In the current climate, those attacks may even come in the form of something bigger than 9/11 God forbid. On that day, you'll
hope the goverment has all it needs to do it's job well.
I'm actually suprised that he has'nt already got an oval office type set up already on his aircraft, in this day and age you'd have thought they'd
have been prepared for if he was kept away from the WH for any length of time for whatever reason?
I'm sure if you added up how much politicians spend on entertaining and the likes, i'm sure it won't come too short of this amount anyway, so i'd
rather it was spent on something that could benefit us.
It does seem a lot for one chopper though, when they refer to AF1 maybe they are talking about the whole fleet? I think i'm right in saying that AF1
is just the name given to any aircraft the pres is in (or marine one i think for the chopper, correct me if i'm wrong there). It does say "The new
fleet will consist of 23 VH-71 aircraft". That to me indicates 23 aircraft to be updated, not one, although it's not very clear on that and does say
$6b is going to spent on his helicopter.