Just a little over a year ago, I brought to your attention the screwing of the American worker in Wichita, Kansas by the Iran-friendly Brazilian government; a Sparks, Nevada front company; and our friends in the Obama Administration.
At issue was a contract to send a half a billion dollars worth of light attack aircraft to our “friends” in Afghanistan (at our expense, of course).
It seems that despite the fact that the United States Government and its allies already own about 750 Beechcraft AT-6 aircraft proudly manufactured in Wichita by union machinists, the Obama Administration seemed hellbent on sending the new contract to a company called Embraer, which, despite a company in Sparks, Nevada fronting for them, is largely subsidized and formerly owned by the Iran-friendly Brazilian government.
Last year, the contract was re-examined.
But the Obamaites don’t quit.
Shortly after President Wonderful was re-elected, the folks in Wichita found out that elections did, indeed, have consequences.
You know all those things President Wonderful said about jobs? He meant Brazilian jobs. Certainly not Kansas jobs. Kansas is a red state. Interestingly, the new plane is supposed to be produced largely in Florida. Again, elections have consequences.
It seems that despite a three year battle, the Air Force (read that the Obamaites in DoD) has decided to use the same sort of sleazy lawyer tricks to go ahead and get started building the Brazilian planes despite a Government Accountability Office stop work order on the contract while it investigates.
This is apparently what President Wonderful meant when he talked about “spreading the wealth around.”
To refresh your memories, the Beechcraft plane is already widely used by our armed forces and our allies. The Brazilian plane is used by (hold your breath) Brazil, the Dominican Republic, and Colombia.
It might even be a good plane.
But it’s certainly not built in Wichita, Kansas by highly skilled American workers.
And its purchase in bulk benefits a nation that has a trading relationship with the same clowns who are building a nuclear weapon and who want to wipe our best ally, Israel, off the face of the Earth.
We have put sanctions in place against Iran. Brazil has not. Why should we support directly or indirectly a regime that trades with people who make improvised explosive devices used against Israel and our own troops in Afghanistan and Iraq?
Wouldn’t a better method of getting what we want from Iran be making their friends and trading partners know that actions have consequences?
Buying the Embraer plane is wrong on so many levels that only an administration as amateurish and incompetent as Barack Obama’s would even consider it.
I know that I’m going to take a load of crap from the Nevada front company for the Brazilians, Sierra Nevada Corporation. They are a large local presence, but they happen to be in bed with the wrong people in this case. Nothing personal, guys. But if you were fronting for Boeing or General Dynamics or General Atomics or another American company, this editorial would not have been written.
We need to use tax dollars to support our goals in the world, and our goals and the Iranian goals are mutually exclusive.
That Brazil has long been a trading partner of Iran should speak volumes.
Using the same logic as the Obama Administration, we should consider buying Russian and Chinese fighters for our Air Force. I’m sure we could get a great price.
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