Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N) was awarded a $US498.2 million ($569.53 million) contract to supply F-16 aircraft to Pakistan, the US Pentagon said..You see? The US government fleeces their own taxpayers and gives the money to a business partner like Musharraf, who then signs deals to give large chunks of the money back to the US military-industrial complex. Under pressure to maintain US support, Musharraf just signs off on another deal and - bingo! - he still has the full support of the White House.
Pakistan has received about $US10 billion ($11.43 billion) in US funding since 2001 because Washington views Pakistan as a key ally in President George W Bush's campaign against terrorism...
The United States has agreed to sell Pakistan up to 36 new F-16 jets together with refurbished F-16s.
And don't look for any Democrat presidential hopefuls to criticize the deal. The only one speaking up now is Joe Biden, hardly a front-runner. [UPDATE: Biden drops out of the race. Surprised?]