posted on Mar, 10 2013 @ 10:34 AM
reply to post by Kratos40
I probably used the wrong word, as it happens. Aid probably wasn't the right term by how many have taken meaning I didn't intend by that choice.
I did not mean Aid to suggest that Australia is getting some form of U.S. Military Welfare. A fair part of what is termed Military aid around the
world is, in fact, paid for in one form or another. Cash, service or things like land and basing concessions. Whatever the case, a % is certainly
handed out 100% gratis, at least as it seems at the moment (Uncle Sam does nothing entirely out of pure motives). It varies though and terms vary too.
The United States is among if not at the top for the world's exporter of Military hardware of all shapes and sizes. 99% of the planet gets one menu of
options. One percent gets a menu the rest don't even know the contents of. It's Classified too high to know even that much.
Australia is among those precious tiny few who don't just know the second menu of top level goodies ....but can order from it as they choose.
In that sense, I called it Aid. It's getting something Australia cannot get and at present, cannot domestically manufacture any other way.
Hope that helps better on why the choice of words was used...and sorry again for the consternation it seems to have caused.
edit on 10-3-2013 by Wrabbit2000 because: (no reason given)