I'm for having enough defense that we can never be invaded and that we could be a help to our allies. We will continue to do that excellently without the F-22.
We are turning to rely on he F-35, which in the latest Pentagon assessment went up against Russian Su-30's (and its variants) and was easily denied access to refueling and therefore had its effectiveness all but eliminated.
And the F-22 technology isn't going to just disappear because we stopped production of additional jets. There are already F-22's... and there will be something we come up with better than the F-22... and then better than that... and that... and that...
I'm fine with building test planes... just not for big military production spending boondoggles.
Well if cost is an issue, the cheapest way to keep this going is to keep it going. Once the line is shut down, it is not going to be restarted, and if it is, it will be far more expensive than the current price tag.
While I agree, we ought to be developing new planes, we do not yet have them in production, and a clear threat for the F-22 is going to be rolling off lines in the coming years, and we are ending the program.
The Bush Recession the biggest economic downturn since the Great Depression is not an overnight fix. If you look you'll see economic indicators are starting to rise and as I've said many times let's talk at the end of 2010. That is enough time that the economy will be vastly improved as the stimulous has had time to be fully injected and trickle down through the entire economy. We will be hitting on all cylinders by late 2010.
Economic indicators were going to rise regardless, that is how economies work. You are giving credit to something we have not even spent as a reason for why the economy is turning around. The stimulus has little to do with it.
I see no mass military problem with Russia or China. And they would be the only other possible mass military threats. It won't be that long until we can downsize once again.
Both of these nations are revamping their armed forces to directly fight ours, and we are responding by preparing to fight another Afghanistan. I think that is a mistake.
We could easily have a conflict erupt over Taiwan, or NATO expansion, or gas cut offs to Europe, a nuclear Iran, North Korea. All of these things would bring us in conflict with Russia and China. Perhaps we might not go to war, but we should be prepared for it.
The fact is he will be THE President when they come home. And he campaigned on bringing them home way before Bush ever went along with a time table... in fact President Obama spoke out against invading Iraq in the first place.
Obama demanded that troops come home before the Surge in defeat. Now after Bush followed the hard road and stayed in, I bet Obama is all for taking the credit.
And had it not been for all the heat caused by the Democrats on this issue which politically could easily be seen as an election problem for the Republicans I would tend to absolutely believe Bush would have fought much harder against Maliki to not set a date of withdraw.
The last thing Bush wanted for his Party right before a Presidential election was to be seen in the eyes of the American public as saying... We're staying no matter what you say! His hand was "politically" forced.
I am not sure of this, there was huge pressure to bring them home before the Surge, and instead President Bush followed the Surge plan, against popular opinion.