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Libya's planes are rotting in Georgia

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Eight U.S.-built C-130 Hercules military transports bought by Libya are sitting in a field on the grounds of Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Georgia. Moammar Gaddafi bought the planes but, when politics shifted, the U.S. military grounded them. Now the crazy dictator wants a $70 million refund.

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The planes are the ultimate ran-when-parked proposition, appearing to have not been used in the last 30+ years. Though they technically belong to the Libyan government, who purchased them in the early 1970s, the current military action in the country and the "no fly zone" make it unlikely they'll be leaving any time soon.

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It's also unlikely the DOD's going to be giving a refund to Gaddafi, even if he wants one. They say it's up to Gaddafi to find a buyer for the aircraft, though he hasn't even tried to put them up on eBay or anything yet.

There's a chance they can be sold for scrap if they're non-functional. A local aircraft museum needs a C-130 and maybe, just maybe, Gaddafi's crazy enough to give them one. It's a write-off, isn't it?

(Hat tip to Jason!)

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DISCUSSION

I wonder sometimes why we don't just out-and-out bribe these bums. I guarantee that this latest mess is eventually going to cost us a Hell of a lot more than all the money we'd save with these various stupid austerity measures to defund the school-teachers and highway-construction-workers that those bozos up in D.C. are blathering about, yet what will we here in the U.S. get out of all those billions of dollars we're throwing on the bonfire?

Tell them something like "Look, if you wanna fight, we'll probably blow you to smithereens, or if you do somehow survive we'll arrest you and turn you over to the victorious revolutionaries, and you know how that will turn out, right? On the other hand, if you and a few of your good buddies decide to take us up on this, there's a nice villa on the Riviera waiting for you, and sitting on the dining-room table there's a checkbook for a nice fat Swiss account in your name. So why don't you make it easy on yourself and all those soldiers out there on either side of this conflict? Do you really want to die old and bitter like a General in a Gabriel Garcia Marquez novel?"

Not only would we save a lot of money, but more importantly there would be a lot fewer widows and orphans when the dust clears.