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Written by: Diana West
Friday, March 28, 2008 6:39 AM 

The excellent Rep. Duncan Hunter (would that he were the Republican prez nominee) details the dangerous and destructive practice by our government of buying America's miitary hardware from foreign countries, due to a fanatical attachment to bottom-line free trade, I suppose. But sometimes free trade is not "free."

Hunter writes:

As we become increasingly dependent on other countries for military resources and innovative technologies, we are becoming less capable of meeting our own critical defense needs.

In fact, when I was chairman of the House Armed Services Committee and American troops began taking casualties from roadside bombs on the streets of Iraq, I sent out my team to locate more steel to armor and better protect their tactical vehicles. They found only one company left in the United States that could still produce high-grade armor plate steel.

The danger of this dependency also became evident when the Swiss company Micro Crystal refused to provide our military with components for the effective deployment of Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAM), otherwise known as smart bombs, during the first phase of the Iraq war. Because the Swiss government objected to American action in Iraq, it ordered the company to stop the shipment of JDAM components.

Given that our military relies on this weapons system to strike with precision and limit the potential for collateral damage, this could have cost time and lives. We were fortunately able to find alternative components through a domestic manufacturer, though it took several months.

American bullets (et al) should be Made in USA.



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