Friday, May 26, 2006

For the Shooters Out There: Kinda Funny Letter About the 7.62x39 Shortage

Apparently, one of the reasons there's been such a shortage of 7.62x39mm ammunition is because the administration has asked that most ammo be stored for Afghanistan in case a Democrat is elected as the US president in 2008. Confused? Maybe this'll help:

May 22, 2006, By Thomas Harding, Defence Correspondent. American defence officials have secretly requested a "prodigious quantity" of ammunition from Russia to supply the Afghan army in case a Democrat president takes over in Washington and pulls out US troops. The Daily Telegraph can disclose that Pentagon chiefs have asked arms suppliers for a quote on a vast amount of ordnance, including more than 78 million rounds of AK47 ammunition, 100,000 rocket-propelled grenades and 12,000 tank shells - equivalent to about 15 times the British Army's annual requirements.

The Bush administration is said to want the deal because of worries that the next president could be a Democrat, possibly Hillary Clinton, who may abandon Afghanistan. White House insiders fear that Afghanistan could "drift" and consequently, they want heavily to arm President Hamid Kharzai's government before the 2008 US presidential election.

Defence specialists said Russian arms chiefs at first "fell about laughing" because they thought the order was a joke when it arrived this month.

I just found all this funny. We seem to be OK here in Central Texas; lots of 7.62 russian around.


JTapp said...

Part of me is suspicious of the article, but we've done this kind of thing before so maybe it's legit.

The article wrongly suggests that this will be a $400 million deal to keep Russia from exporting to Iran (offset the costs of an embargo). Let me tell you what the Russians are going to do: They're going to keep selling ammunition to both A-stan and Iran and be richer for it. Oh, they'll find ways to ratchet up production to meet the demand very quickly.

That's the most ironic form of "aid" I've seen.

Greatmoose said...

That's exactly why I thought it was funny! Hehehehe...Russians...