Bombing Moe & Economic Treason: a twofer re training the Saudi Air Force in Idaho

Posted in Bombing Moe at 5:57 pm by George Smith

Saudi F-15 pilots in Mountain Home, Idaho, will lead to cultural intermingling? Ludicrous. Say it again, might have to break fingers.

This one is so astonishingly emblematic of the clapped out American system DD had to laugh.

It is an ace piece of reporting, published at al Jazeera’s website, even employs a song title from the B-52’s, “Private Idaho,” as a heading.

The story itself is about training the inept Saudi military so it can handle F-15 Strike Eagles. And it’s going to be done in Idaho.

The fur is already flying, of course.

Some of it reads:

On the morning of September 11, 2001, a Saudi pilot trained to fly in the US slammed a Boeing 757 jetliner into the Pentagon, killing more than 180 people.

Less than a decade later, with the Middle East in a state of upheaval and following the recent arrest of a Saudi college student on bomb charges, the Pentagon is planning to bring dozens of Saudis to the US to train them to fly – and to kill …

Last December, amid the holiday rush, the US air force quietly announced that it had selected Mountain Home Air Force Base as the preferred location for the long-term training of a contingent of pilots and flight crews from the Saudi Royal Air Force as part of a $60bn arms deal between the US and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia announced that autumn.

Under the mammoth military package, Saudi Arabia is set to receive 84 new F-15E Strike Eagles – advanced fighter aircraft designed for air-to-air and air-to-ground combat missions. Capable of flying day or night in all weather conditions and reaching speeds in excess of twice the speed of sound, each F-15, packing missiles, bombs and a 20mm cannon, is a formidable weapon.

Under the air force’s proposal, Saudi pilots will learn how to fly the advanced fighters at Mountain Home Air Force Base for five years, from 2014 to 2019, with the possibility of a longer commitment left open.


“Mountains of money for Mountain Home,” it continues, explaining how the air base was mothballed around 2005, throwing the local Idaho economy into a slump.

With the training of Saudi pilots, it’s estimated the community will receive $1 billion.

However, this pales in comparison to the $60 billion dollar deal paid to US arms manufacturers for the Saudi weapons deal.

Yep, arithmetically, the locals are getting a big .016 off the taxpayer dollars sent to the the US arms companies — like McDonnell Douglas — making the stuff for the oil kingdom. That’s a great deal.

“Anger at the proposed project, however, is brewing,” reads the piece.

The resentment is a minority view, says one retired Air Force man for the article.

It’ll be good for ‘cultural intermingling’ (in Idaho? C’mon now, get real. You could probably get away with the claim in LA County. In Mountain Home, ludicrous.) says someone.

The US, it ads, has been training Saudi pilots since 2007. The better to use all that gear we’re selling them as part of the war boom.

The piece — one again — is here. Paradoxically, it has a providence from American journalism. (Read to the footer.)


Snowfall in Mountain Home, Idaho.

Snow in Saudi Arabia.

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