With a capital T, and that rhymes with P, and that stand for Pull the F-22 from the DoD Budget.
The F-22 Raptor. Pretty sweet plane. Does some awesome manuevers and has an unmatched capability. We’ve got a sweet 187 of them.
Problem is, they cost one helluva shiney penny. So, in an age where we need to get the most bang for the buck, President Obama tells Congress to pull the F-22 from the DoD Budget submittal, or he’ll *gasp* veto it.
Seems SECDEF’s got his back..
the F-22 is clearly a capability we do need – a niche, silver-bullet solution for one or two potential scenarios – specifically the defeat of a highly advanced enemy fighter fleet. The F-22, to be blunt, does not make much sense anyplace else in the spectrum of conflict. Nonetheless, supporters of the F-22 lately have promoted its use for an ever expanding list of potential missions. These range from protecting the homeland from seaborne cruise missiles to, as one retired general recommended on TV, using F-22s to go after Somali pirates who in many cases are teenagers with AK-47s – a job we already know is better done at much less cost by three Navy SEALs. These are examples of how far-fetched some of the arguments have become for a program that has cost $65 billion – and counting – to produce 187 aircraft, not to mention the thousands of uniformed Air Force positions that were sacrificed to help pay for it.
I think this is going to turn into a great fight.
I’m getting popcorn and ordering it on Pay-Per-View. Who’s in?