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US Begins Delivering F-16s To Iraq This Week, A Decade After It Wiped Out Iraq's Air Force

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It seems like it was only yesterday when the US, under the guise of a fabricated WMD threat, was invading Iraq to liberate its oil deposits.

Fast forward to this week, when as Reuters reports, the US will deliver the first of 36 F-16 fighter jets to Iraq in what Baghdad's envoy to the United States called a "new chapter" in his country's ability to defend its vast borders with Iran and other neighbors. Which merely shows that since the US has "sanctioned" virtually every other potential customer of US weapons, it now has no choice but to invoice defense machinery deliveries (and boost factory orders and GDP) to former enemies. It also means that in several years, when Iraq reverts to a posture that is unfriendly to the US, and when the US shale boom is long gone and foreign sources of petroleum are once again all the rage, the US will have to fight its own fighter jets in the name of yet another war of democratic liberation and emancipation.

From Reuters:

Iraqi Ambassador Lukman Faily will travel to Lockheed's Fort Worth, Texas, plant on Thursday for a ceremony at which Lockheed and the U.S. government will formally deliver the first F-16 to Iraq.


A group of three or four new jets will be ferried to Iraq before the end of the year.


"Iraq is a large country with over 3,600 km of borders, and we need to protect them," Faily told Reuters in a telephone interview. "We as a country didn't have that capability before." Iraq has had no real air force since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003 that eventually toppled Saddam Hussein.

Smart: first the US wipes out a country's air force, then it sells it its new air force. Rinse. Repeat. And just to make sure that Iraq is well-armed and believes it has a fighting chance, the US earlier in March provided Iraq with some 100 Hellfire missiles as well as assault rifles and other ammunition. Then in April the US sent more arms, providing Iraq with 11 million rounds of ammunition and other supplies.

The political cover is already in place: in January John Kerry said that the U.S. would support fighting Al-Qaeda linked groups in Iraq, but not with US troops. This has been a sensitive issue because such groups had recently taken control of significant territory in the Anbar province, a key area for extremist groups. It was not immediately clear how much under the table aid the US had provided to this particular group of Al Qaeda insurgents, unlike recent revelations it has provided weapons to Syrian rebels, many of which as is widely known, are a members of Al Qaeda.

Only Iraq is not dumb: the country knows it is only a matter of time before the resurgent Iraq airforce is considered a threat by the same US who is providing it, and knowing the winds of realpolitik are fickle, it is also aligning itself with Russia, the Czech Republic and others:

Baghdad has also signed military contracts with Russia and the Czech Republic, among others, and has said it will not be able to fully defend its airspace until 2020.


Iraq also plans to buy Boeing Co Apache helicopters and other weapons from the U.S. government as it assumes responsibility for its own defense and counterterrorism efforts. Faily said the U.S. government appreciated the urgency and scale of the challenge that Iraqi is facing given continued and mounting strife with insurgents.


"They know that the sooner and the wider capabilities they provide us, the more ability we will have to reduce the vicious cycle of killing where the terrorists are attacking our people," he said.

He probably is referring to the CIA-sponsored Afghani freedom fighters led by one Osama bin Laden who also, surprisingly, ended up turning on the US? But that doesn't matter for now. All that matters is that the US GDP building must go on:

Faily said Iraq was completing work on the air base in Balad where the new jets will be housed. He said some Iraqi pilots had already been trained to fly the new planes, and more were in training now. Iraq ordered a first batch of 18 F-16s in 2011 for $3 billion, followed by a second order of 18 jets in October 2012.

... With more GDP growth to come:

Lockheed said the Iraqi order would keep the F-16 production line running through late 2017, but it continues to bid for new orders in hopes of continuing production through 2020. The company has built more than 4,540 F-16 aircraft to date.

How will Iraq pay for all of these US weapons? Well, buying "can't lose, this time it's different" US stocks is always an option...


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Wed, 06/04/2014 - 11:35 | 4823321 knukles
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Hah ha ha ha ha ha
Oh fuck me, mate.



barack is gonna change your life
  -M Obie

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 11:35 | 4823324 Relentless101
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Wed, 06/04/2014 - 11:45 | 4823362 hedgeless_horseman
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USAID, alongside other U.S. government agencies, works closely with
Iraqi national, provincial, and local governments, international
institutions, and a network of partners including non-governmental
organizations, local community groups, and Iraqi citizens.


USAID has implemented activities designed to strengthen
infrastructure, stabilize communities, foster economic and agricultural
growth, and help the various levels of government better represent and
respond to the needs of the Iraqi people.


With the U.S. transition to civilian leadership in Iraq, USAID has
continued to help Iraqis use their own resources to build a self-reliant
and prosperous country.

Apparently, the Iraqi people need fighter jets to strengthen infrastructure, stabilize their communities, etc. 

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 11:45 | 4823376 john39
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the real question is, who will be flying those jets when the "lord of freedom" decide its time to end the proxy war charade and directly attack Iran and Syria?  blackwater pilots? 

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 11:50 | 4823385 hedgeless_horseman
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What happened to the Iraqi infrastructure and communities that caused them to need to be strengthened and rebuilt?

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 12:11 | 4823488 fx
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Pretty  sure they will install some nice backdoors in the fighters' firmware which will come in handy if/when another wmd threat will have to be acted upon.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 13:40 | 4823780 Citxmech
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Probably right.  However, those things are also only as good as the STEADY stream of parts.  Cut-off that supply and the fleet would be completely unairworthy in very short order. 

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 16:57 | 4824559 studfinder
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Iran is still flying F-14's... 

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 17:44 | 4824727 Citxmech
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Good point.  However, that force is a mere shadow of what it once was.

Found this on Wiki:

"in January 1974, Iran ordered 30 F-14s and 424 AIM-54 Phoenix missiles, initiating Project Persian King, worth US$300 million. A few months later, this order was increased to a total of 80 Tomcats and 714 Phoenix missiles as well as spare parts and replacement engines for 10 years, complete armament package, and support infrastructure (including construction of the huge Khatami Air Base in the desert near Esfahan).

The first F-14 arrived in January 1976, modified only by the removal of classified avionics components, but fitted with the TF-30-414 engines. The following year 12 more were delivered. . .

Following the overthrow of the Shah in 1979, the air force was renamed the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force (IRIAF) and the post-revolution interim government of Iran canceled most Western arms orders. . .

Despite the circumstances under which the F-14s and their crews had to operate in Iran during the eight-year long war against Iraq, it is still the premier fighter in the Iranian Air Force. . .

Iran had an estimated 44 F-14s in 2009;[58] It has 19 F-14s in operation in January 2013, according to estimate by Aviation Week.[59]

In January 2007, the U.S. Department of Defense announced that sales of spare F-14 parts would be suspended over concerns of the parts ending up in Iran.[60] In July 2007, the remaining American F-14s were shredded to ensure that any parts could not be acquired.[54] In summer of 2010, Iran requested that the United States deliver the 80th F-14 it had purchased in 1974, but delivery was denied after the Islamic Revolution.[61][62] In October 2010, an Iranian Air Force commander claimed that the country overhauls and optimizes different types of military aircraft, mentioning that Air Force has even installed Iran-made radar systems on the F-14.[63]"

So, starting out with a stockpile of "10 years of parts," and 79 or so aircraft - and only being fully cut-off from parts in 2007, now they are down to only 19 or so aircraft - although I still wonder how combat-capable they actually are at this point.   

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 14:38 | 4824013 californiagirl
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And I assume the NSA has installed all kinds of spyware and tracking devices.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 15:14 | 4824150 cynicalskeptic
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"....when the US shale boom is long gone and foreign sources of petroleum are once again all the rage, the US will have to fight its own fighter jets in the name of yet another war of democratic liberation and emancipation."


you REALLY think that the US will be able to afford to fight ANY war in another 10 years?  ..........bwahaaaaaaa.......

we're broke now - all posturing and strutting around without much to back it up... China and Russia could flush the US financially whenever they choose to do so - no combat needed

The US blew a few trillion on a pointless war with Iraq and the quagmire in Afghanistan - we managed to bankrupt ourselves, squander any goodwill after 9/11 and completely shred any remainder of the US image as some 'beacon of democracy'.......   Meanwhile Obama is saying the 'Age of Empires' is over..... yeah, the US should know....... we're Rome just before the barbarians overran the place and it fell into the dark ages

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 15:21 | 4824183 Quantum Nucleonics
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If it comes to shooting, wouldn't we tell China and/or Russia to f off and pound sand? Poof, debt problem fixed.


Wed, 06/04/2014 - 20:24 | 4825199 Peanut Butter E...
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Ages of Empires is best game ever, it will never get old or be over.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 13:52 | 4823825 ebworthen
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If the Iraqi's were smart they would have bought 35 new Chinese fighters.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 11:55 | 4823390 Beam Me Up Scotty
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Drone control. They will take them back over.  They won't have to fight their own planes.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 11:56 | 4823407 Winston Churchill
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The Iraqi president was also in Peking last month when Putin was there.

No doubt they will  be getting some Flankers soon as well.

Chinese pilots optional.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 13:02 | 4823651 pelican
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As a Vet and taxpayer will the bullshit ever decrease?  I just want a decrease in bullshit.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 15:19 | 4824178 RafterManFMJ
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The budgeted bullshit went from a planned increase of 7% to 5% for 2015. So in Washington-speak the 2015 budget for Bullshit has decreased.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 22:32 | 4825557 cspg
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Wed, 06/04/2014 - 12:32 | 4823507 Cathartes Aura
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that would be the same USAid that the billionaires contribute to, writing future narratives for the peoples to live through?

just a big ole circle jerk of divide + conquer = profits$

aka "history".

wonder what the Intercept'd GreenWald reports. . .


Wed, 06/04/2014 - 13:06 | 4823665 Disenchanted
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Same ol shit different day, eh? ;)

Matters not what flavor the puppet-in-chief...


Wed, 06/04/2014 - 14:31 | 4823982 Cathartes Aura
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Matters not what flavor the puppet-in-chief...

not a bit. . . in ANY of the fictions-named-as-States.

each have their own profit-able puppetry, inherent in the "state" meme - and each sells out "their" people for profits.

act accordingly, hmm? 

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 22:04 | 4825469 BorisTheBlade
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On the bright side, how many communities were turned into parking lots.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 12:11 | 4823492 rubiconsolutions
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Let me see if I have this straight: First, the US government robs its citizens of the fruits of their labor to build a huge military then uses that military to destroy a sovereign nation. Then a few years later it robs its citizens of the fruits of their labor to rebuild that sovereign nation that it destroyed in the first place. Do I have that right?

"Margarita please. Yes, salt on the rim. On the rocks, not blended...and a basket of chips and salsa. And a bottle of tequila. Patron....and a needle"

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 13:05 | 4823644 BadLibertarian
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This is how all shakedowns work. First you create a problem, then you 'fix' it, and if you're smart, you figure out a way to get paid on both ends plus earn recurring 'protection' revenue from the victims.

It sure is a shame the front windows to your business got all broken out there, fella. My cousin Sal can fix those right up for ya. Give ya a nice price, ya know? If ya like, I can keep an eye on the place for ya, make sure those punks don't do something like this again. Capiche?

Government is the biggest racket there is.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 14:39 | 4824016 Almost Solvent
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But now the guy has got to come up with the money every week, no matter what. Business bad? Fuck you, pay me. You had a fire? Fuck you, pay me. The place got hit by lighting? Fuck you, pay me.

We blew the shit out of your country? Fuck you, pay me.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 11:38 | 4823346 angel_of_joy
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Hey, they did that with Iran too, remember ? Except, back then it was the F-14 (the Mav & Goose plane from Top Gun).

So nothing new to see here, really. Move along people...

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 11:43 | 4823367 Dr. Richard Head
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The only reason why the US Government can get away with arming those they were once fighting is beacuse the long-term memory of the average citizen is that of a gnat.  Either that or no one gives a shit because they are too busy running on the gerbil wheel of debt and taxes. I weep for humanity.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 11:54 | 4823418 andyupnorth
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It's not the fault of the "average citizen"; it's rather the fault of their political elite rulers (who couldn't care less about the "average citizen").

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 12:00 | 4823445 Dr. Richard Head
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I completely disagree.  The avegare citizen votes for the war pigs and keeps them in office.  The average citizen feels government is the answer for everything and that these wars are for our freedom.  They consent to these ideas of war against other countries because the press tells them it is good and noble and then the average citizen thanks the troops for their service and protection of our freedoms, all of the while we lose our freedoms to travel, freedom of privacy, etc. etc. 

The average citizen is consenting to this nonsense, but the scum bag politician pigs are also to blame.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 12:21 | 4823527 Cathartes Aura
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the "average citizen" also continues to volunteer to uni-form up and fight other peoples, in their own lands, on behalf of the corporate profiteers.

the average flag-waver believes in their named land-mass, and will be so shocked!! when it falls into the chaos created in other'd lands. . .

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 12:46 | 4823605 viahj
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the people who make the decisions are never found on a ballot.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 14:32 | 4823988 crazybob369
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That's an insult to gnats.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 11:43 | 4823369 maskone909
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who the fuck would buy that shit from murica?  they are all equiped with back door programs...


Wed, 06/04/2014 - 11:52 | 4823408 maskone909
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atleast they will be able to save those incubator babies.  thats what this is about, right?

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 12:18 | 4823510 post turtle saver
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yeah, that's what Saddam thought, so he ended up buying French equipment... which had back door programs

funny that

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 16:22 | 4824427 Overfed
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Buy Russian.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 11:52 | 4823411 Rainman
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agree... move along. Afghan insurgents have been killing USA soldiers for years with USA-made weapons.





Wed, 06/04/2014 - 11:48 | 4823386 Jumbotron
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That's ok.  Each one had a back door courtesy of the NSA.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 12:07 | 4823470 JRobby
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Blow it up, rebuild it at 5X the original cost.

Repeat indefinitely until monetary system blows apart.


Wed, 06/04/2014 - 12:33 | 4823564 PT
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Real life application of "Broken Window" policy.



"Broken Nation" policy?
"Broken Soul" policy?
"Broken Conscience" policy?

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 12:19 | 4823519 drendebe10
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Can the policies of yhe corrupt incompetent narcissistic illegal alien liar in chief get any more moronic and make our country more stuoid thanvthis?

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 12:34 | 4823570 j0nx
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F16's for potential terrorists in 5-10 years. No long mag semi-auto squirrel gun for you. Logic seems legit.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 13:01 | 4823650 Seek_Truth
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#MIC Winning!

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 13:23 | 4823706 JLee2027
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""was invading Iraq to liberate its oil deposits""


And that's why we gave them right back. Because they were all "liberated".

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 11:36 | 4823328 GIABO
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We live in the fucing twilight zone. 

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 16:28 | 4824450 mkkby
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It was a PHONEY WAR and, therefore, a WAR CRIME.  Just out of decency, we should have replaced their damaged military hardware and infrastructure immediately.  We also should have generously compensated anyone wounded or killed. 

After that the war criminals in the US gov should have been tried and summarily hung by the neck until dead.  You start at the bottom and use their sworn statements to convict the ones in charge.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 22:56 | 4825601 JLee2027
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You seem to suffer from BDS, Bush Deranged Syndrome, completely forgetting that Obama continued the "War Crime" and expanded it to Africa. Are you a liberal by chance?

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 11:36 | 4823332 Colonel Klink
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And the MIC ponzi continues at the cost of US taxpayers and foreign lives.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 11:52 | 4823413 Bay of Pigs
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In a nutshell, there is your US economy. Ponzi finance and War.

War and the Fed- Lew Rockwell

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 11:55 | 4823421 Colonel Klink
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You forgot "un"reality TV and celebrity whoreship (sic).

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 11:59 | 4823437 Save_America1st
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exactly what I immediately thought and was gonig to post.  The MIC must live on at all costs to the tax payers and human lives. 

What a fucking sham.  I remember last summer when shit was happening between N. and S. Korea.  There were stories that it was caused by our CIA to stir things up so that we could sell S. Korea a bunch of gear they didn't need. 

I heard that days before the N. and S. started arguing and threatening each other we had MIC scumbags in S. Korea trying to sell them billions of dollars worth of F-16's and missiles.  I also heard the S. Korean government was really super fucking pissed off about it too, because they knew what the scam was and they kicked those rat bastards out of the country. 

Shortly after things began to calm down without the South needing to arm up and waste billions of their tax payers dollars. 

Wish our government would learn from that example.  So then we escalated shit in Syria and then in Ukraine.

It's nothing but a fucking scam.  Or as Smedley Butler wrote:  "War is a Racket."

Excellent video here linked below on Youtube also...pass it on to others and get people to watch it.  I've had so many people thank me for emailing this to them:

All Wars Are Banker Wars

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 12:15 | 4823503 Colonel Klink
Wed, 06/04/2014 - 13:27 | 4823725 JLee2027
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Caught her w/o prepared talking points I see. No teleprompter, no talking points and they look like the morons they are.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 13:52 | 4823822 Colonel Klink
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Couldn't have said it better myself.  They don't know what lies to tell if they're not scripted.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 15:01 | 4824105 Rusty Shorts
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I almost feel bad for that festering pile of melting swamp wax....


Wed, 06/04/2014 - 14:31 | 4823983 crazybob369
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Thanks for the warning Colonel, otherwise I would have lost a perfectly good lunch.  What a stupid, fucking cunt.  How the hell do these people get elected?  Californians must be the dumbest people on the planet, because they have sent some of the stupidest, most corrupt morons to DC.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 12:28 | 4823556 Cathartes Aura
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there is a clue for all those paying attention, that amrka was settling in for long term profiteering. . .the castle-embassy:

At 440,000 square meters, it is the largest and most expensive embassy in the world and is nearly as large as Vatican City.[1] It employs 15,000 people and cost $750 million to build.

no way those who write the war-scripts for profits are going anywhere any time soon. . .

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 15:10 | 4824136 Umh
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Check out the HQ they put up for the Marines in Afganistan. It wasn't asked for by the Marines and it is being abandoned. The government doesn't always make since, but someone did get paid to build it.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 11:43 | 4823337 Ghordius
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I find the header confusing. Iraq and Iran's airforce? I remember when Iraqi jets were flown to Iran, for safekeeping, before the invasion

edit: now header was corrected. I wonder if Iran ever used those jets or if they are rotting somewhere since then

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 11:38 | 4823338 Dr. Engali
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Fucking broken window Keynesians. What about all the broken and dead families and people you war mongering fucks? I hope I live to see the day you cock suckers pay for your crimes. 

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 11:50 | 4823396 FeralSerf
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To quote Madame Hillary who may be America's next president: "What difference at this point does it make?"

Our owners don't give a shit about a few million broken and dead families.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 12:10 | 4823485 JRobby
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Exactly what the Bilderberger's (Nova Mob) are discussing as they plan the roll out of the next major war.


Wed, 06/04/2014 - 12:36 | 4823577 Cathartes Aura
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nor should any of us give a shit about who is installed as the corporate figurehead - any one really paying attention can see the pattern of "coup, overthrow, install a stooge" globally also applies to the sacred Home-land.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 11:38 | 4823343 Tracerfan
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Title needs to be correct to "Iraq's Air Force", not "Iran's Air Force".

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 11:38 | 4823344 The Proletariat
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I rack is the 57th state, right?


(Is the headline suppose to be I rack or I ran)

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 12:25 | 4823542 Emergency Ward
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That would be province.....

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 12:47 | 4823592 Cathartes Aura
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the less you accept the identities - both human and nationstate named -  offered up by those who write the global narratives,

the more you reclaim your own humanity.

they will still exist, but there will be one less person cheering their latest uniform, one more person who sees the Emperor's naked-ness.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 11:40 | 4823349 SpanishGoop
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Nice businessmodel first destroy then sell new.


Wed, 06/04/2014 - 11:49 | 4823392 Stoploss
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Destroy to employ.  -Keynes.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 11:40 | 4823351 pods
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Next thing you know we will be letting them grow opium in Afghanistan.


Wed, 06/04/2014 - 11:40 | 4823354 1stepcloser
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Bridges are a lot easier to repair\replace than an Air Force.  Right No bid know who you are!  

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 11:41 | 4823357 dontgoforit
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And the beat goes on, the beat goes on....

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 11:42 | 4823358 Crtrvlt
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The most disastrous (not for the MIC of course) and expensive foreign policy mistake ever continues. The  Iraq War is 1/5 of the debt and rising. 

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 12:09 | 4823478 NOTaREALmerican
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But, debt leads to prosperity so it's all good.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 11:41 | 4823359 orangegeek
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US has been doing this for decades.  Selling to the enemy either directly or leaving behind inventory after a mission.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 11:54 | 4823420 NotApplicable
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Better yet, they split the enemy in two, and now have them fighting each other.

That's a WIN-WIN-WIN-WIN... in strategic terms.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 11:42 | 4823360 maskone909
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droppin bombs on your moms...

fuck car alarms...


Wed, 06/04/2014 - 11:44 | 4823371 SpanishGoop
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"the US will have to fight its own fighter jets"


Before that happens that F-35 will finally be ready won't it ?

So nothing to worry.


Wed, 06/04/2014 - 12:00 | 4823442 ParkAveFlasher
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MIC leaves behind gear retrofitted with known obsolescences, implication of costly US-sourced maintenance programs, or dumbed-down performance characteristics.  They are diabolical and unwise, and their spiritual strategies are disilluminated, but I would not believe that they are tactically ignorant and negligent in the follow-through to their profiteering.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 11:46 | 4823379 Killer the Buzzard
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Yet again, short The Onion.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 11:47 | 4823382 Bay of Pigs
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It's a good thing we are gettting all that cheap oil Rumsfeld promised us too.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 11:49 | 4823398 Jumbotron
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Was that a "Known known" or an "Known unknown".


Looks to me like it's a "Known no"



Wed, 06/04/2014 - 11:47 | 4823383 NOTaREALmerican
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Ya gotta hand it to these smart-n-savvy people, they sure know how to run a scam.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 11:48 | 4823388 midtowng
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If you wanna know what happened to their air force, look to Iran. Saddam flew his planes over there to keep them from bein destroyed.

 Now the Iraqi government is full of guys who went to Iran to flee Saddam.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 11:49 | 4823391 JustObserving
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More than 3 million Iraqis, mainly children, killed by US sanctions and invasion.  But at least Iraq gets F-16s.  That settles the matter nicely.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 11:50 | 4823402 disabledvet
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Iraq attacks the USA!

I mean seriously. Only the phucking Jews are bitching about this.
There's nothing worse than a Tyler Durden Jew...worse than Illinois Nazis.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 12:57 | 4823636 Baby Eating Dingo22
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Disabled vet?

Lead in the skull?

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 11:51 | 4823406 SpanishGoop
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Wait, i almost forgot i can say it AGAIN.

"You stupid Americans".


Wed, 06/04/2014 - 11:52 | 4823409 Space Animatoltipap
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It's all just multipolar. In a multipolar world. Of course. Hussein Obama himself is multipolar. He has five or six personalities. His wife Michael also. 

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 11:53 | 4823414 Canucklehead
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These actions fit perfectly within the context of the show "The Surge" that can be watched on Hulu.

What is happening to ZeroHedge?  Where has all the cutting edge analysis gone?

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 12:06 | 4823466 NOTaREALmerican
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The overwhelming optimism has eliminated all the doomer anti-hopium.    The anti-hopium force is weak, dieing.   Soon, the pathological optimists will destroy the last of those who believe that Rightous Sword of Libertarian Justice will slay all the immoral debt-loving hedonists.

We're doomed,  DOOMED!!!!

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 14:20 | 4823944 Canucklehead
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In real life, 5% make up the minds of the other 95%.  You are part of the 95% waiting to place your bets and feel good about backing the winning side.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 15:16 | 4824161 Umh
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%5 percent is way to big of a number.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 11:56 | 4823424 Bill of Rights
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Democracy building one bomb at a time.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 12:02 | 4823455 jal
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Now the USA will make the Iraqui pay for the war.

Buy your war materials from us.


For the next invasion from us.


We need you to send up targets for our drones.



Wed, 06/04/2014 - 12:04 | 4823458 Squid Viscous
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as long as Dick-less Cheney's remaining HAL and NOC shares are still going up,  it's all good

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 12:21 | 4823523 Emergency Ward
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No-bid contracts are a National Treasure.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 12:08 | 4823476 MrBoompi
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Let's hope the Iraqis won't be able to find the remote disable switches.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 12:09 | 4823480 giorgioorwell
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Reminds me of the Bill Hicks joke..."how did you know that Saddam Hussien had weapons of mass destruction?"...uhhhh, we checked the receipts"


Wed, 06/04/2014 - 12:22 | 4823481 Emergency Ward
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Watch Obama's progressive base of syncophants blubber in approval of this shameless war profiteering.....

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 12:12 | 4823494 bh2
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Not so fast, mate. If the US supplies the aircraft, they also supply the spare parts to keep those birds flying. And you can't just order those from another source like Amazon. Every time the US sells "defense" weapons to a country, that country becomes an effective vassal of the Empire.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 15:40 | 4824280 RafterManFMJ
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You're right of course - all advanced fighter replacement parts must be ordered from China.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 12:13 | 4823497 czarangelus
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US to deliver 36 F-16s to a very appreciative Iran.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 12:14 | 4823499 QQQBall
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broken windows

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 12:14 | 4823500 teslaberry
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how will they pay? dude. they are pumping a shit load of oil out of the ground.

if treasuries go down too much they will cancel their plane orders and buy treasuries. or they will be using those planes and bombs to force other nations to pull their investments out of a newly made 'unstable' country--and thus increase the demand for some other financial asset....hmmmmm treasuries?

thing is , there aren't enough countries with enough money in them to destabilize anymore.

maybe turkey?

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 12:58 | 4823521 Blazed
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The same ethno-Oligarch war profiteers, nation wreckers all around, whether through their massive third world immigration agendas, banking cartels, or their corporate media backed war mongering. And YES, there are plenty of traitorous bought off and coerced(blackmailed) shabbos goy political tools willing to serve them.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 12:25 | 4823545 dizzyfingers
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Deep politics, wars must be  made so that money can be spent and banked.

Keep your kids and grandkids within eyesight.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 12:30 | 4823560 NoTTD
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Well, that will give us something to shoot down.


Next time around.


It's the great circle of life.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 12:51 | 4823616 yogibear
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Who's paying for these? The US give Iraq billions so it can turn around and buy the planes?

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 12:53 | 4823621 Baby Eating Dingo22
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Japanese must be fuming

70 years later and all they got is McDonalds and permission to manufacture origami gliders

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 12:54 | 4823627 koan
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When I look at a map of the area I can't help but think of the military tactic called the Pincer Movement, and so one wonders if the 36 jets will wind up being part of an (already planned) attack on Iran.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 12:57 | 4823635 Jano
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Are those planes flown by wire remotely (from a distance of 10000 miles away), or pilot has to fly it?

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 12:58 | 4823640 thamnosma
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Do they have any pilots who can fly them?

Iraq, a totally failed state now with Libya and Syria along for the ride.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 12:58 | 4823641 starman
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Wed, 06/04/2014 - 12:59 | 4823643 rodonmeguro
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More propaganda from Moscow.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 13:00 | 4823647 matrix2012
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Watch out for some kind of the embedded backdoors or some form of Stuxnet implanted in those aircrafts. Iraqi make terrible mistake if they purchase those aircrafts and do pay them... they better purchase Su squadrons from RUS if they pay with the real money.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 13:35 | 4823757 franciscopendergrass
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Is this the broken windows theory instead with jet?  

The military-industrial complex = Government sponsored jobs program

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 13:39 | 4823772 Grouchy Marx
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To our exalted leaders, all taxpayers and soldiers are just fodder for their own profit and advantage.


Wed, 06/04/2014 - 15:35 | 4824248 Atticus Finch
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Another Marx said that Capital destruction is a basic tenet of Capitalism.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 13:46 | 4823797 ozman
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Pure Orwellian indeed.  As Orwell stated in 1984, the economy is based on destroying things in order to force the replacement of production at a much higher cost therefore further enriching the oligarchy.

War is the best means to make products obsolete and force people to buy replacement products.  The objective is in the rebuilding process.

As for where the equipment used by the Iraqi airforce since they flew to Iran for safe keeping, well they have been incorporated to the Iranian Air Force.  Iran thanks the US govt for the new freebie equipment and eligible pilots it adds on its roster.

Speaking of F16s in Iraq, we have seen this movie before in the same region.  Remember the Shah's acceptance of the F14s and how these planes eventually become one of the most feared weapons the US face in the Persian Gulf?  They feared it so much that they mistakenly shot an Airbus A300 despite having the most advance Radar system (Aegis) in the vicinity.  The RCS of an F14 is so different from an A300.  Well that is what you get when you skimp on the training, lower the criteria of acceptable cadets and continue the bravado/arrogance of exceptionalism where in responsibility cannot be pinned down on anyone who is associated with the US.

Speaking of the IIAF F14, they are the only ones who were successful in using the Phoenix missile and have dominated US/Nato backed Iraq over the skies during their big war in the decade of the eighties.  Thanks again USA for providing enemies with weaponry.  As casing point the whole objective is to grow the MIC and the tentacles of the bankster squid to enslave most of humanity.  War is the best solution to achieve all these objectives. A Racket indeed.



Wed, 06/04/2014 - 13:52 | 4823829 Head_Shots_Work
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BFD - GM made the ignition switches! HA HDHAHD HAHHAHA HA. So they will be coasting along and 'poof' no power. 

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 14:31 | 4823985 Head_Shots_Work
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So the down vote came from a GM worker? You must be real proud. You guys have killed more american's than the Iraqi air force. Fuck you. 

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 13:59 | 4823848 SmittyinLA
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Funny how the Saudis can't see their own removal coming with weapons they finance.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 15:34 | 4824246 Quantum Nucleonics
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Eh, not so much. Iraq is buying a handful of bare bones F-16's subsidized by the US mostly so Lockheed Martin can keep its production line open a little longer. Saudi Arabia's air force is of considerably more recent vintage.  Car analogy... Iraq bought a Hyundai 4 banger subcompact.  Saudi Arabia pre-ordered the new Rolls.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 14:24 | 4823957 docmac324
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All part of the plan boys, all part of the plans.


Wed, 06/04/2014 - 14:56 | 4824086 Umh
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Knock'em down & build'em up. Round and round it goes and the only point of it all is to knock'em down again.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 15:14 | 4824151 Fix It Again Timmy
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Iraqi air force manuals do not have a chapter on how to land, since that will be unnecessary...

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 15:26 | 4824209 Quantum Nucleonics
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On the contrary, they have a detailed chapter on how to land, at Iranian airbases.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 15:24 | 4824202 Quantum Nucleonics
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It should be noted that these F16's come with cripple-ware radar and aviation package. They'll be reliant on US for software updates and spare parts.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 15:44 | 4824295 RafterManFMJ
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?? ????? ??? ?? ?? ???????? ??????! ??? ??? ????? ??? ??? ??!

(I don't need no teenage Queen!
I just need some F16s!)

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 15:28 | 4824219 Atticus Finch
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Boeing and Lockheed are accepting Iraqi dinar at 1,149.83 to one USD?

How bizarre.

Chances are Boeing and Lockheed are receiving bailout money from the Fed so that the US can gives these F-16 to Iraq free of charge.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 16:23 | 4824428 RaceToTheBottom
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New meaning to the phrase Creative Destruction

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 17:47 | 4824741 RMolineaux
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This item is heavy with sarcasm but the sarc is well justified.   Lenin was quoted as saying that the capitalist will sell you the rope which you will use to hang him.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 17:52 | 4824749 RMolineaux
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Will these planes be sold with the hardware and software that permits the control of the plane to be usurped from the ground, as some say occurred on 9/11?

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 19:28 | 4825025 Aussiekiwi
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lol, They will have a number of trojan's buried in the software on those F16's so they can disable them at the push of a button in a combat situation. If you think that is unlikely, ask yourself why wouldn't you?  

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 01:49 | 4825864 cape_royds
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It's all right. Milo Minderbinder told me that we all get a share!

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 02:19 | 4825886 reTARD
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These F-16's are for the future Saddam 2.0. Rinse and repeat. FORWARD!!!

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