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Posted: 4/5/2001 6:51:23 AM EST
Washington Times
April 5, 2001
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Pentagon Cancels Beret Statement

By Rowan Scarborough, The Washington Times

The Pentagon abruptly canceled a press conference yesterday at which an official planned to offer justification for the military's purchase of millions of U.S. Army black berets from Third World countries, including communist China.

Officials said the announcement was put off to avoid the awkwardness of appearing to condone made-in-China berets while Beijing holds 24 American servicemen and women as hostages.

China has refused U.S. demands to release the 21 men and three women who were aboard the Navy EP-3E aircraft. The surveillance plane and a Chinese fighter collided, forcing the EP-3E to land Sunday on Hainan Island.

Two officials told The Washington Times that a Pentagon review found that the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) acted "properly" in bypassing a federal "buy America" law to meet the Army's rush demand for berets.


Link Posted: 4/5/2001 6:55:13 AM EST
Link Posted: 4/5/2001 7:07:01 AM EST
after they strip the plane of our secret electronics, maybe they can load up the first shipment of berets and send it back
Link Posted: 4/5/2001 7:12:09 AM EST
Yeah...they probably figure they have 24 new slaves to work the beret factory......
Link Posted: 4/5/2001 10:42:09 AM EST
man, letting the enemy  make headgear.
If i was the chinese, i'd lace the berets with cyanide, or some sorta poison that can't be detected. Shit, why did they pick china? there are plenty of countries with slave labourers that aren't potential enemys
Link Posted: 4/5/2001 10:53:51 AM EST
Maybe next they will let the Chinese make our AR's.
I already have a M-14 & 1911A1 from them and they make pretty good stuff.
Link Posted: 4/5/2001 11:32:41 AM EST
Of all the nerve, criticizing a country to whom Klinton gave "Most Favored Nation" status. . .[;)]
Link Posted: 4/5/2001 12:04:15 PM EST
Actually, all of you are wrong!

The beret thing is to ease and distract from the transision to the UNITED NATIONS BLUE BERET, soon to be mandatory, so there will not be such an outrage from the people themselves!

So remember, when the Blue color becomes fashionable they will tell you it is for your protection from yourself!

Will the ROC-APES taint the berets with something? Yes, and they have been presented with the ideal opportunity!
Link Posted: 4/5/2001 12:15:20 PM EST
Don't the ROC-APES live in Taiwan?
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