It’s even a marque de fabrique.
And the latest proof is : the air balloon scandal.
The Royal Thai Army yesterday came out in defence of the controversial Bt350-million airship acquired to boost security measures in the deep South – and even if the “Sky Dragon” has not been grounded as reported, it will fly into an uncertain future.
However, criticism has been widespread over its suitability for the nature of anti-insurgency work in the region. Moreover, its needs are substantial – a back-up system requiring a helicopter, a land vehicle, a ground command station and 55 officers. […]
Worrawit Basu, a senator serving on the Senate committee on the military, said he had heard the airship was not fully operational because it still lacked certain key devices. […]
A source with the airship’s operational support pondered its combat efficiency, saying the local landscapes comprised thick bushes and trees, unlike deserts in Iraq or Afghanistan where the US military used airships effectively in fighting off insurgents. […]
“The local insurgents in the South employ ambushes and hit-and-run attacks against targets, and they do not converge in large groups long enough to be seen by a wandering airship,” he said. (Nation)
Several things :
-this equipment is absolutely not suited for the South… It’s so obvious. But the clowns in uniforms forgot that… there was a freaking jungle over there. Many trees. So many places to hide… !
-the thai Army seems unable to operate the balloon
-the operating costs seem high, too high (55 officiers ? ! What are they talking about ? !).
The whole story is just grotesque.
Incompetence, greed, corruption and/or just plain, sheer, adamantine stupidity…
We knew that the US Army was happy to buy toilets at 30 000 USD a piece… I mean, anywhere, everywhere, the army is not the solution. It’s obviously part of the problem…
And this is especially true in Thailand.