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June 19, 2013 - 6:43 am

Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) slammed the Obama administration for “getting around” his amendment that blocked contracts for Bashar al-Assad’ main arms supplier.

The Pentagon announced Monday that it has awarded a contract to Russia’s Rosoboronexport. The $572,180,894 firm-fixed-price contract modification is for 30 Mi-17 helicopters, spare parts, test equipment, and engineering support services for the Afghan National Army.

“I sponsored an amendment to prohibit the use of taxpayer dollars in America to enter into contracts or agreements with Rosoboronexport. My amendment had strong bipartisan support, and it passed unanimously,” Cornyn said.

“So how did the Obama Administration get around my amendment? Well, they argued that the Rosoboronexport contact was in our national-security interests. In other words: they want us to believe that we are promoting U.S. security by doing business with a Russian arms dealer that is helping an anti-American, terror-sponsoring dictatorship commit mass atrocities.”

Cornyn spent much of last year lobbying the Pentagon to seek other alternatives for the helicopters instead of awarding the no-bid contract to Rosoboronexport.

“Now they are refusing to complete that audit, on the grounds that Rosoboronexport simply has refused to cooperate,” he said. “Meanwhile, my office has learned that Army officials within the Non-Standard Rotary Wing Aviation office — whose primary focus is the Mi-17 program — are the subjects of an ongoing criminal investigation. This obviously raises troubling questions about whether the terms of the new Mi-17 procurement contract resulted from criminal misconduct.”

“I want to take this opportunity to say, once again, that American taxpayers should not be indirectly subsidizing the murder of Syrian civilians, especially when there are perfectly good alternatives to dealing with Rosoboronexport.”

Bridget Johnson is a career journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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The whole world is upside down...our mooslim-in-chief wants to intervene militarily on behalf of the America-hating terrorists fighting against Assad and Syria....but he also wants to spend $572 MILLION with Assad's main arms supplier to build and procure RUSSIAN HELICOPTERS supposedly for "Afghanistan" (cough-cough)...what the hell??? I suppose any future American air strikes could theoretically destroy Russian helicopters that WE the people paid for in the first place? How stoopid can this get?

Army personnel involved in procurement are under criminal investigation? By whom? For what? Well, you can bet we won't get any straight answers on any of that bovine scatology for sure. This administration is simply out of control...the Trumpster is correct. Well, Senator Cornyn...just what are you going to do?

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