The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter was meant to improve the U.S. air arsenal, but has made it more vulnerable instead
Sprey, the fighter engineer, said he expects the Pentagon to eventually come to terms with the unpleasant truth, that its new universal jet fighter with the foolhardy vertical-takeoff capability could spell the end of an epochal half-century in which America truly dominated the world’s skies. “My prediction is the F-35 will be such an embarrassment it will be cancelled before 500 are built,” he said.
Source: F’d: How the U.S. and Its Allies Got Stuck with the World’s Worst New Warplane
His tone on Friday was inappropriately dismissive, while the substance was misleading at best and mendacious at worst.
By observing Obama’s condescension, I don’t mean to suggest tone was the most objectionable part of the speech. The disinformation should bother the American people most. The weasel words. The impossible-to-believe protestations. The factually inaccurate assertions.
Obama has always had it within his power to initiate a fully informed debate. The state secrets that he guards, rightly or wrongly, are the biggest obstacle to a fully informed debate. Love the leaks or hate them, they’ve indisputably made Americans, including some members of Congress, much better informed than they were before about NSA surveillance, not less informed. And as any student of the civil-rights era ought to know, debate need not be “orderly” to be salutary.
The official secrecy surrounding the NSA has already corroded U.S. democracy in real ways.
Source: The Surveillance Speech: A Low Point in Barack Obama’s Presidency – The Atlantic
CNN reports that dozens of CIA agents were on the ground there — and that they’re being pressured to keep quiet. Why?
Source: The Attack in Benghazi: Worth Investigating After All – The Atlantic
Love or hate their coverage, the notion that a scandal went uncovered is a conservative delusion.
Source: Whopper of the Year: ‘The Mainstream Media’ Ignored Benghazi – The Atlantic