Skip to comments.Senior defense official concerned 'Merchant of Death' Viktor Bout may resume arms trafficking
Posted on 12/09/2022 1:39:58 PM PST by george76
Bout is alleged to have fueled multiple conflicts across the globe through arms dealing, sometimes to both sides
A senior defense official is concerned that convicted Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout, the "Merchant of Death" .. could go back to illegally trafficking weapons, thereby fueling deadly conflicts around the world.
"I think there is a concern that he would return to doing the same kind of work that he's done in the past..
Bout was in the middle of serving a 25-year prison sentence in a U.S. prison for several offenses, including conspiring to kill Americans
Bout, a former Soviet military officer known as the "Merchant of Death," spent years supplying weapons to dictators and to conflicts across the world, sometimes supplying both sides.
Many of the weapons he sold fueled civil wars in Africa. Former Liberian President Charles Taylor is believed to have been a customer.
Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said there is no equivalence "between the Brittney Griners of the world and people like Viktor Bout."
we cannot ignore that releasing Bout back into the world is a deeply disturbing decision,"
Bout was nabbed in 2008 in a sting operation at a luxury hotel in Bangkok, Thailand, where he met with Drug Enforcement Administration informants who were posing as officials with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), which has been classified by US officials as a narco-terrorist group.
Prosecutors said that Bout was prepared to provide the group with $20 million worth of "a breathtaking arsenal of weapons — including hundreds of surface-to-air missiles, machine guns and sniper rifles — 10 million rounds of ammunition and five tons of plastic explosives."
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Ya think so?
Russian media laughing that they got Viktor Bout for Griner rather then the marine
says only reason is because she is female, black and gay
Nah, he’s a reformed man who has seen the error of his ways. He’s going to take an honest job changing tires and oil on cars or maybe plumbing. The Russian bigwigs who sprung him want nothing in return.
What a silly thought that he could return to arms trafficking. These defense guys just crack me up.
Kind of like the Vindman brothers.
ya mean like the friggin TALIBAN COMMANDERS 0bozo traded for that fag bergdal went back to war???
Between the weapons we left behind in Afghanistan, and the ones we sent to Ukraine, there is no better time to be a merchant of death.
“...because she is female, black and gay and a dope smoking, hate-America fiend
“...because he is male, white and heterosexual and patriotic and clean.
Of course he will. This was the plan all along. Who is working for the Russian again?
A clue for the clueless?
Yeah, I really can’t picture this dude spending his days asking, “Do you want fries with that?”
Ya think? 😆
A senior defense official is concerned that convicted Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout, the “Merchant of Death” .. could go back to illegally trafficking weapons
WHAT??? Noooo..Who would think such a thing...besides NaziPelousy said he had almost finished his term anyway!
Guess what weapons he’ll be selling. Some of the ones we’re sending to Ukraine but not keeping track of.
We sell arms all over the world. I guess we only sell them to the “good” guys.
Well if a few thousand die it will be worth it because “one of our best is home”..right?
I wonder if the guy can get me that new rifle I’ve been wanting. Does he have a web site?
Is this a joke?
He’s a freaking arms merchant. That’s what they do.
Concerned? But why?
Need to drone him. That would take the smile off of Putins face.
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