Pushback on the F-22 begins, to protect U.S. ‘air hegemony’

Michael Goldfarb at the Weekly Standard just posted this:

The Weekly Standard has obtained a letter now circulating among members of the Senate and calling for Secretary Gates to maintain production lines for both the F-22 and the C-17 “until the final publication of the next Mobility Capability Study and the 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review.”

The pushback is being orchestrated by Utah Senator Orrin Hatch and while the letter is still circulating for signatures, I’m told that Senators Inhofe, Bennett, Chambliss and several Democrats have already offered their support.

The letter warns against an overcorrection in favor of counterinsurgency and urges Gates not to jeopardize America’s “air hegemony” by ceasing production of two aircraft that provide critical airlift and air-to-air capability….

Goldfarb has a copy of the letter at the WS web site.

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5 comments Add your comment


April 29th, 2009
8:40 pm

If the Senators were to state their real objective — to preserve jobs and votes in their states regardless of the economic or military sense — it would be a refreshing if brief moment of truth.

How about we reduce our forces in places like Germany, bring them home and pay them more money. Now that’s an economic stimulus plan that I support.


April 30th, 2009
9:12 am

Just admit that it’s a jobs program, Saxby. That’s all it ever was, really.

Daedalus, I like your idea! I’ve often dreamed of a President who would stand up and say, “As of now, all defense contracts and agreements are canceled to start fresh with new negotiations… and the pay & benefits for all active and retired members of our armed forces is hereby doubled. We’re still coming out ahead.”

And then dare anyone to complain about it.

GOP Lost in space then and now

April 30th, 2009
3:10 pm

This is a Jobs program no more no less. The GOP is just as much in big government spending> spending is spending

Jim Callihan

April 30th, 2009
7:45 pm

And somehow, lost in this “Pentagon debate”, is the fact that the proposed Gates’ Budget is not a “cut”, but a $25 Billion dollar increase. Somehow, lost in the debate, is “budgets” are no more binding than a “House Resolution”. Somehow, maybe due to a lack of any real reporting ever going on (?) are the facts that the ‘07 Pentagon busget was blown out of the water by $200 BILLION PLUS dollars and the ‘08 “Pentagon Budget” of $500 Billion became $600 BILLION & CHANGE!

Somehow, the Pentagon gets away with a “dog & pony show” on spending by continuing to lie to the American taxpayers that it only represents “4% of GDP”. Why are NO JOURNALIST logging into the DoD, the OMB and the Treasury sites to discover what is really spent on “national defense”? Why does the Pentagon get away with dividing their real spending into five or six other departments (Energy gets the missile program, VA gets the soldier benefits budget, Education gets the research on arms and the States pick up the National Guard spending)?

I’ll tell you why – because if people actually got the facts that TOTAL military spending is closer to 25% of GDP than “4%” – the little (BILLIONS) military collusion contracts would end.

Ya know, 200 RAPTORS just won’t do it for me. I need another 600 to park on the lawn. And just how many nuclear missiles does it take to ruin your whole day? Ask Japan. “Honey, we’re gonna have to buy groceries on the credit card for a few months. I’ve spent all our money on defense – in case our neighbors get squirrely. Want to see my 160 mile underground bunker. Awww – C’mon baby, don’t get pissed – WE NEED THIS STUFF! We can borrow baby formula money from China. We can give the Arabs IOU’s on the kids school stuff… Honey, how did that interview go on that second job we need you to get?”



June 22nd, 2009
6:50 pm

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