At times, our government has to enter into dealings with shady folks. It usually has to do with the lesser of two evils. And in hindsight, in looking back at it historically, it makes us look like we are compromising our values. Hosni Mubarak was one such indivudual, but there were far worse options.
All things considered, why are we doing business with Rosoboronexport? A Russian company supplying arms to the Syrians?
Incensed by the unending bloodshed in Syria, the House backed an amendment by Rep. Jim Moran, R-Va., that would bar the Pentagon from contracts, cooperative agreements and loans with Rosoboronexport, a Russian state-controlled arms export company that is providing weapons to the Syrian government. The vote was 407-5.
The Defense Department has bought 33 dual-use Mi-17 helicopters for the Afghan military from the company, including an order for 10 aircraft last week. The no-bid contract for aircraft and spare parts is worth $640 million.
Seriously? Teach the pilots on American helicopters. This does not seem hard.