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Originally posted by Skadi_the_Evil_Elf
Whats wrong with making money off it, Coolhand?
That attitude is burying this country.
Selling our weapons to whoever? Granted, the Australians are civilized, smart, and arent a bunch of crazy loons who plan on overrunning anyone and everything. They are stable, they dont bother anyone, they dont need to.
But what about the other countries we have "made money" by selling them our stuff? iran, China, Iraq, Saudi Arabia,, ect. Whats wrong with it? Were selling our tech, even downgraded versions of it, to people who have no business carrying around sticks and rocks, let alone nukes, tanks, ect. What was wrong with Clinton selling our nuke secrets to China? he made a little money off it! As long as we make some money, why not?
Todays friend is tommorows foe, ever thought of THAT? Iraq was our bosom buddy for years, when they were battling Iran, we sold them all sorts of goodies. Hmmmmmm, back then, it was ok, we were making money off of it! But now..........hmmmmmmmm.
We sold # and trained the Taliban. Just cuz someones a friend today dont mean they will stay that way. granted, i doubt the Ozzies are gonna end up on anyones #list anytime soon, least of all, ours. But its the principle: we have the nasty habit of being indiscriminate with selling our stuff to whoever. THAT is plain stupid.
And for the record, Star Child, the Ozzies actually have a pretty kick ass military, if they did invade someplace, they would probably succeed. But, they have better things to do with thier time.
Originally posted by Kano
Yeah the concern here is that the money might have been far better spent in increasing the size of the Army moreso than giving it a harder fist. The majority of the ADF missions at present constitute Peace-Keeping or Nation-Building operations, rather than open combat.
The utility of these tanks seems rather limited in the current environment. I don't know how many soldiers that $550 Million would have trained and paid, but I think an influx of manpower is required by the ADF moreso than Firepower in the current environment.
Originally posted by StarChild
I don't understand why the U.S. is always so eager to sell our technology and equipment. Yes, I know we need the money (refer to National Debt), but it's stupid to provide other countries with weapons of war, when we are just setting ourselves up for failure in the long run.
Originally posted by soothsayer
We tell Country A that we won't sell them anything.
We tell Country B that their order has been sent.
Country B sells weapons to Country A.