Keep our military hardware


The April 1 article, U.S. seeking buyers for old military equipment, reports that the United States is trying to sell billions of dollars in military hardware, including sophisticated and highly-specialized mine-resistant vehicles after 13 years of war in Afghanistan.

As a retired Merchant Mariner that has sailed on container and car carriers, I dispute very strongly that it is too costly to ship the latest up-to-date military equipment back home.

Saving hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue compared to the billions of dollars to design and manufacture the stuff makes sense only to the military-industrial complex, not to us taxpayers.

In the crazy world we live in we might need them again, plus they can be used in everyday military life and can act as a deterrent just like nuke weapons are.

Before it is too late, stop the crazy big shots from giving away our expensive, tax paid, state-of-the-art military equipment that would undermine our national safety.

Stanley Blumenthal, Sunrise

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