Yep, I knew you disposed of your Chinooks at bargain prices in 2001. Can you tell us who was in control of your government in 2001? PM Jean Chrétien! And what party was he a member of?<quoted text>
I rarely give a source, as 99% of what I write here, I just know. However, when asked for a source to buttress what I wrote, I instantly do so, unlike you. My source is the one you just gave, as I read it yesterday in The Citizen and today in "LeDroit", our French-language daily.
When purchasing military equipment, the cost of, in this case, helicopters, is ALWAYS predicated and established on initial purchase plus maintenance/operations for the life of the aircraft. That's the way it is done, Rogue, you ought to know that. I had written $300 million each. I was wrong. It's more like $3.35 million.
Now, you may think YOUR military is stupid. It is. But we beat 'em. We had a fleet of 10 Chinooks prior to 2002 when we joined the US in Afghanistan. We had disposed of our fleet of Chinooks a couple years prior to 2001 by selling them at bargain prices to the Netherlands. Then came our participation in Afghanistan and a huge need for heavy helicopters. What to do? We leased Chinooks from, you guessed it, the Dutch . The cost? Many times over what we sold them for and the best part is, we don't get to keep them, we have to return them to the Netherlands, ergo our purchase of 15 news ones.
Our, your military, share one common thread with its international friends and foes, and it makes no difference what country, and that is, stupidity. Uniforms seem to weigh on their brains. And Rogue will say this proves I hate the military. No way. I'm talking top brass here, no one else. They start "losing it" around "Colonel time", when it goes to their heads and clouds their judgement. Exceptions, yes, but mostly in the past.
It seems the Liberals always gut their military!!!