「年間予算86億円の使えない防空装備に意味あんの?」記者が米国防相に質問(爆)

記者「毎年86億円もの予算を割いてきたのに、サウジがミサイルを追跡することができないとはどういうことなのか?」

ポンペイオ「防空システムというものの成功率はまちまちで、世界最高性能であっても常に追跡できるわけではない。サウジは、このような攻撃を防ぐのに十分なインフラを有していないのかもしれず、この点で米国はサウジを支援することができる」。

えっ!?米国は、成功率まちまちの不良品を、サウジに追加で買わせるつもりですよ。

石油なんて濡れ手で粟のビジネスで、その潤沢な資金を背景に、ありとあらゆる防御システムを24時間体制で稼働させているのに、その実戦結果があのザマ。あの燃え上がる映像は「大変な事件」ではなく、「恥ずかしい兵器性能」を映している。腹立たしいと怒る対象はイランではなく、米国です。なんだ、使えねーじゃねーか、と。

こんな風だから、米国とお付き合いを続けたい日本政府は、国民から消費税を25%徴収しなければ、国庫の帳尻が合わなくなる。
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New sales pitch? US makes the world’s ‘finest’ anti-air systems, but sometimes they just don’t work, Pompeo explains
Published time: 19 Sep, 2019 11:52
https://www.rt.com/news/469162-pompeo-patriot-missiles-fail-defense/

New sales pitch? US makes the world’s ‘finest’ anti-air systems, but sometimes they just don’t work, Pompeo explainsNew sales pitch? US makes the world’s ‘finest’ anti-air systems, but sometimes they just don’t work, Pompeo explains

Patriot missiles failed to protect Saudi Arabia from attack because even the world’s best anti-air systems sometimes don’t work, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said, expertly rebuking critics of the US defense industry.

Washington was left red in the face after missiles and armed drones successfully penetrated Saudi airspace – which is guarded by an arsenal of fancy US-made Patriot systems – hitting a major oil facility in the country.

Perhaps fearing that Riyadh might give the US defense system a 1-star review on Yelp, Pompeo used his master statesmanship to reassure loyal customers around the world that they didn’t spend billions of dollars on something that doesn’t actually work.

How is it that, after spending “$80 million a year” on air defense, the Saudis weren’t able to track “missiles that are crossing the Persian Gulf?” a journalist traveling with the secretary of state rudely asked on Wednesday.

“We’ve seen air defense systems all around the world have mixed success. Some of the finest in the world don’t always pick things up,” Pompeo replied, dunking on all of the haters with facts and logic.

He went on to suggest that Saudi Arabia simply doesn’t have enough (US-made) “infrastructure” to stop such an attack, and that Washington will work with the Kingdom to alleviate this problem. Sounds expensive.

The Houthi rebels in Yemen have claimed responsibility for the precision strike, and warned that more attacks could come at any moment. Washington and Riyadh, however, have blamed Iran for the incident – an accusation that Tehran fiercely denies.