Thursday, February 14, 2008

The China Canard

I'm amazed at how many people don't seem to understand that the cold war is over. Of course, they will tell you the cold war is over but they don't seem to understand that the end of the cold war should cast doubt on 500 BILLION DOLLAR military budgets full of cold war weapons in search of enemies.

Here is another example. As Fred Kaplan writes today in Slate, the Air Force doesn't need any more F-22s. The F-22 was designed during the cold war to replace the venerable F-15, and be a response to a MiG that was never built because the cold war ended. Today, the F-22 has no mission but the AF wants 380 them to tide us over until they are replaced by the F-35 currently in production.

When confronted with the indisputable truth that the F-22 ($138 million each, thank you very much) is a weapon without an enemy the only response the Air Force can offer is that many years from now China may build a fighter.

Kaplan refers us to the DoD's own study which concludes that China is not now, and may never be a military threat capable of projecting force, despite the fact that they are increasing military spending.

It's funny that while the US operates 11 supercarriers and has 3 more in production, China is considering one day building a single aircraft carrier. Well, it would be funny but we are spending hundreds of billions of dollars every year to fight a rival superpower that doesn't exist.

Should Al Qaeda develop and build 21st Century advanced air to air fighters we'll be glad we have those F-22s.

This is the biggest taxpayer rip-off in world history and I'm still waiting for someone to tell me what's fiscally conservative about any of it.

What was it Eisenhower said about the military-industrial complex?

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