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Monday, August 10, 2009

Pistols for Colombia

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From this month's The American Rifleman: SIG Sauer has secured a $306 Million contract for 55,890 units for the entire Colombian National Police Force. The second delivery will be for 42,000 pistols.

Ranger's questions:


  • Why SIG-Sauer? Why didn't the contract go to an American firm?
  • Why is it a Department of Defense function to purchase pistols for Colombian police? DoD isn't in the foreign police business -- or are they?
  • Why are the U.S. taxpayers footing the bill for over 1/2 $Billion in pistols for another country's police force?
  • When will U.S. policy makers realize arming Third World countries is counterproductive?
  • Why doesn't Colombia buy their own pistols?
  • Did Colombia have to endure a five-day cooling off period?

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3 Comments:

Anonymous JayDenver said...

"The contract provides an opportunity for Sig Sauer to continue to expand its manufacturing facilities and create U.S. jobs at a time when other companies are downsizing, Cohen said. The Exeter [NH] facility employs more than 350 workers, and the company has been on a continuous program of expansion and growth. State-of-the-art automated machines now populate the majority of the facility, the result of over $30 million invested over the past four years." (from a news story on the subject, SeacoastOnline.com)

The following link gives the totals of US Foreign Aid to Colombia: Colombia

Good questions. I wonder if foreign military aid goes into the massive US military expenditure totals which dwarf the military expenditures of every other country in the world combined? If so, it would even be larger.

Monday, August 10, 2009 at 7:00:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...

JD,
Pretty smart business-invest 30mil$ and get incentives from state and local govts and then more than 1/2 bil$ in just 2 contracts.
Did we really win WW2?
jim

Tuesday, August 11, 2009 at 8:56:00 AM GMT-5  
Anonymous Andy said...

Ranger,

I don't know for certain, but I'm 90% sure this contract falls under Plan Colombia. That may answer some of your questions.

Friday, August 14, 2009 at 12:04:00 AM GMT-5  

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