Gates decries efforts to restore F-22 funding

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  • Tab L. Uno
    June 19, 2009 11:55 a.m.

    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.

  • F-22 is a waste
    June 19, 2009 11:32 a.m.

    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!!

  • Kill the F-22
    June 19, 2009 11:31 a.m.

    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.

  • This is Bishop's PORK.
    June 19, 2009 11:30 a.m.

    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 projects.

  • Fredd
    June 19, 2009 11:21 a.m.

    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.

  • Just Great Reply
    June 19, 2009 9:05 a.m.

    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.

  • Do whats right
    June 19, 2009 7:29 a.m.

    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.

  • The implication
    June 19, 2009 7:18 a.m.

    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.

  • Anonymous
    June 19, 2009 6:41 a.m.

    Utah's Congressman Bishop has put pork above national security. What a hypocrite!

  • Just Great
    June 18, 2009 9:48 p.m.

    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.