It's been more than a year since cries of "whose side are you on?" broke out at the Pentagon, over a plan to help Iraq buy new military helicopters. Problem was, the helos in question weren't Hueys from Textron
At the time, I said the decision seemed a bit strange, seeing as we had recently finished fighting our second war against a Russian-armed Iraqi army. Then again, considering we won those wars, maybe keeping Iraq's arsenal well-stocked with second-rate Russian military hardware is a good idea -- in case we ever have to fight round three. It would be much easier dealing with that stuff, than with the 140 M1A1 Abrams main battle tanks that General Dynamics
Flush with billions of dollars of oil revenues, Iraq is evolving into a major patron of America's beleaguered military-industrial complex. This latest deal will be worth perhaps $8.4 billion to Lockheed, and is good news for shareholders.
Is using foreign weapons sales to prop up American defense contractors good policy? Or are we risking "blowback" akin to U.S. support for Iran's shah in the 1970s? Tell us what you think, below, and add Lockheed to your Fool Watchlist to see whether this deal goes through.
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