So congressmen are dictating TO the Secretary of Defense which military aircraft
should get built because parts of it are built in their district, going against
the best interest of the country. The F22 costs almost twice as much
per plane as the F35 (137 million vs 83 million each) and isn't even as good as
the F35. Those who are behind this have no right to ever complain about wasteful
spending ever again.
Utah's Congressman Bishop has put pork above national security. What a
in the "Just Great" post is that the Secretary of Defense is above politics, I
doubt that is true. That doesn't necessarily mean that the extra F-22 are
justified, merely that politics is involved on both sides. The money for all of
Obama's social programs has to come from somewhere.
Billions has been put into research for the F-22. Originally about 600 of these
planes were to be built. Now only 183.Not building building enough
of this airplane, means that the research money that was put into it was
wasted.With this airplane, America has assured air dominance. In
war this means lives saved, and ability for lesser airplanes like preditors to
operate without getting shot down.The Air force has repeatedly said
that 183 isn't enough. Each additional plane isn't that expensive, we should
build enough for our needs.
Hey Just Great. You obviously haven't read the US Constitution, Article 1,
gives the CONGRESS the DUTY to "provide for the common defense, " and the sole
power of appropriations to do so. It's their JOB!! Rob Bishop is member of the
Armed Services Committee exercising his role and rseponsibiltiy to serve as a
check, and not a RUBBER STAMP on the edicts of one so wise as Secretary Gates.
Gates' decision to terminate f-22 was a budget drill and not based on facts, and
Congressman Bishop and a majority of his colleagues agreed. It's called "CHECKS
AND BALANCES." Go back to Junior High School and take Civics 101. The SECDEF's
duty under Article 2 of the Constitution is to "faithfully execute" the laws as
established by Congress. Congratulatiosn to Rep. Bishop in standing up for the
right policy and our long-term natioanl defense.
No soldier has been killed by enemy aerial attack since Korea. That's because
we invested in the best. There is a right number of F-22's to buy. SecDef
shouldn't muzzle his General's if thye disagree. Gen Corley is retiring in a
few months. This gives him the freedom to speak his mind.
The F-22 is a pork barrel project. The Fighter Jock Air Force is activily
taking advantage of this program by making sure that 47 States have part of the
PORK. Yeah, Bishop is a conserviative that will waste our money
on DOD projects, but complains that the Dems. are wasting money on their
Building the F-22 will cause the Air Force to be a small, slow moving, short
range, but lethal tactical force that can defeat any other aircraft. But it will
not get there. The work horses of the Air Force are obsolete the KC-135s are
older then almost all of the AF pilots (maybe not the old Fighter Jock
Generals). They are being sent to museums, while the same systems are still
being abused and missing missions. There is no real plan to support them or
replace them. Real strategic aircraft dont have the funds to be fully sustained.
The real workhorses (the Army, Marines, and their reserves) in the
two current wars are becoming crippled and broke due to OPTEMPO. The Air Force
Fighter Jock Generals can think about the war ten years from now because they
are ineffective in the current ones. They still wont get there, because they
will have not TANKER SUPPORT. The F-22 is a gas guzzler.The Air
Force needs a change from tactical level Fighter Jocks to real strategic
thinkers. Transporters, Tankers, Missile, and Loggies.
The F-22 should be a low priority for the Air Force it is a concept led by
Fighter Jock Generals that don't see its real needs. The F-35 JSF is just as
good, cheaper, more flexable and is easier to maintain. The F-22 should go the
way of the Army's high budget Crusader artillary system. It is simply a one
dimensional platform.The Air Force has bigger problems that it needs
to fix. What good is a fuel happy aircraft that can't be refueled in the air
because all the tankers are 50+ years old, or the command and control aircraft
can't get them there.Fighter jocks have run the rest of the Air
Force into the ground to get the newest and coolest toys. We are already two
generations ahead of the our closest competator in fighter aircraft, why reduce
the number and be less responcive to emergent mission?The Air Force
needs to put some loggies in charge!!
Taxpayers should demand that their hard earned money to for the best, not the
most politically popular military project. Creating and maintaining jobs to
create something that really isn't as good as something else, no matter how much
has been spent already isn't a good reason to continue wasting taxpayer dollars
better used elsewhere. Sen. Bennett was elected to make hard decisions not easy
decisions that will get him elected.