Albanian President: I Would Have Given This Junk Away
The House oversight committee, which is holding a hearing right now on arms contractor AEY, has just released a report on AEY’s $300 million contract to supply Afghanistan security forces with weapons and ammo. AEY is in trouble now because much of that ammo was made 30-40 years ago in China. AEY picked it up in Albania, which bought it from China back when it was a Soviet bloc country.
It turns out there was no need to buy this ammo. A committee report reveals that in December 2007 the President of Albania traveled to Iraq in December 2007 and made a personal offer to David Petraeus and Ryan Crocker to provide the ammo free of charge. Albania, and other former Soviet with aged weapons stockpiles, had been actively trying to give away the weapons.
Awarding this contract may not have been the Pentagon’s finest hour.