The government of Kenya is going to receive a gift from the Obama Administration: five top-of-the-line Navy Seal boats.
Why? Nobody seems to know.
With a $1.3 trillion deficit every year, little things like this barely get noticed. They add up.
The winner is the contractor: United States Marine Incorporated (USMI) of Gulfport, Miss.
These boats are described by the Navy’s “Fact File” as “High-speed, high-buoyancy, extreme-weather craft with the primary mission of SEAL insertion/extraction.”
What does Kenya plan to do with these boats? And why should American taxpayers pay for them?
These are turbocharged boats. They are 36 feet long. They carry a crew of three, plus one SEAL squad. Each one carries an M60 7.62mm machine gun, a MK19 40mm, and a M2 .50 cal. machine gun.
Who will be the targets of such firepower? in Kenya? Nobody seems to know.
How much will all this cost? No one is saying.
The contract is being awarded on a non-competitive basis. No other bids, in other words.
The taxpayers are expected to ignore things like this, which they do. Stories like this rarely reach the attention of the voters. What can voters do about it? As we have learned for the last 65 years: nothing.
The spending never reverses. It heads up every year.