VHeadline.com reporters: The Pentagon's faux concern over a simple, legitimate purchase of 100,000 Russian-built AK-47 has been blown to the wind in today's revelation by the UK Daily Mirror posing the interesting question .. "Have 200,000 missing AK47s fallen into the hands of Ira terrorists?"
The Mirror's Emily Nash writes that some 200,000 guns the United States sent to Iraqi security forces may have been smuggled to terrorists, it was feared yesterday.
The 99-tonne cache of AK47s was to have been secretly flown from a US base in Bosnia ... but the four plane-loads of arms have vanished.
Orders for the deal to go ahead were given by the US Department of Defense. But the work was contracted out via "a complex web of private arms traders."
The sheer quantity of the Pentagon-approved 'secret' arms deal contrasts strongly with Venezuela's recent order for 100,000 AK47s placed with the Russian manufacturers, bypassing US-based arms traders who would (obviously) have extracted their generous cut on the transaction.
The 'secrecy' surrounding the US deal on 200,000 AK47s also puts into cynical question how US Secretary of Defense can so glibly pontificate about Venezuela's defense requirements when the United States so freely ships the heavy-duty machine-guns from one US-led conflagration to another.
Not that we're surprised. The United States has been cynically supplying arms, logistics and intelligence to their "friends" in the Venezuelan opposition and elsewhere around the world while trying to tell the world that the USA is a 'model democracy' and that butter wouldn;t melt in George W. Bush's mouth.
We eagerly await the US State Department's frustration to 'damage control' the UK Daily Mirror's expose of Washington D.C. duplicity in the knowledge that it's another notch on the barrel of President Hugo Chavez six-shooter when it comes to running cowboy crooks like Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld out of Latin America.