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Monday, August 03, 2009

What America - and Israel - lost with the F-22

Two weeks ago, the Obama administration went out of its way to kill the F-22, a plane that was coveted by both Israel and Japan. In an evaluation of the Obama administration's defense budget cuts, Brig. Gen. Thomas C. Pinckney (Ret.), a fighter pilot for more than 30 years, explains what we all lost when the Obama administration cajoled Congress into canceling the F-22.
As a command pilot with more than 3,400 flying hours, I could not help but take notice of the administration’s zeal last week in ending the F-22 Raptor program, which produces the most advanced strike fighter in the world. The F-22 is the only plane we have that is capable of penetrating deep into the most sophisticated, lethal air defenses in the world and destroying them. During the congressional debate, the F-22 was derided as a “relic of the Cold War” that has not been deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan. Never mind that neither country has a sophisticated air defense, and that other potential adversaries do have sophisticated air defenses and fighter aircraft. Air dominance is as important to U.S. military doctrine as it has ever been. With the growing importance of unmanned Predator aircraft, which are vulnerable to enemy aircraft and surface-to-air missiles, air-dominance fighters are arguably more important than ever.

There was even pious talk of how expensive programs like the F-22 were hoarding precious resources that could be spent on more troops. This, from a president and a congressional leadership that have poured trillions of dollars into pet liberal projects.
What that means is that if the Russians sell Iran the S-300 anti-missile defense system, as has been discussed often over the last two years, the F-22 is the best fighter on the market capable of penetrating it. And it won't be on the market much longer.

What could go wrong?


At 11:10 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Obumbler can find the money for Obamacare but he's cash-starved when its comes to America's future defense. Its all about priorities when one comes right down to it. And he's been making the wrong choices for over six months now.

What could go wrong indeed

At 2:11 AM, Blogger Rick007 said...

Oh well 20,000 more jobs to go overseas...

At 4:02 AM, Blogger muggs45 said...

Obviously everyone is blind to the BIG PICTURE... There will be no need for weapons of this magnatude...or of ANY magnatude period. The EMPTY SUIT is going to unite the world through his appology tours and HELL be damned if we the world won't be singing "KUM BY YA" on his second inaugeration.... Mark my words!!!


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