March 27, 2008

Anyone can Play

Holy Crap, anyone can be an arms dealer these days:

But to arm the Afghan forces that it hopes will lead this fight, the American military has relied since early last year on a fledgling company led by a 22-year-old man whose vice president was a licensed masseur.

With the award last January of a federal contract worth as much as nearly $300 million, the company, AEY Inc., which operates out of an unmarked office in Miami Beach, became the main supplier of munitions to Afghanistan’s army and police forces.

Since then, the company has provided ammunition that is more than 40 years old and in decomposing packaging, according to an examination of the munitions by The New York Times and interviews with American and Afghan officials. Much of the ammunition comes from the aging stockpiles of the old Communist bloc, including stockpiles that the State Department and NATO have determined to be unreliable and obsolete, and have spent millions of dollars to have destroyed.

Apparently you can be some punk off the street, suck eggs, and still score 300 million dollar government contracts. This is a total waste of taxpayer money. If my hard earned dollars are going to fund arms deals I want top notch arms and top notch arms dealers! I want deals brokered by shady, ruthless, internationally connected underworld figures, not a "22-year-old licensed masseur." We should really get more out of our money than this.

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