I have no doubt that there are many ageing Cold Warriors who believe that having the latest and greatest fighter jet is a sign of strength and military prowess. Unfortunately, it's not, it's a sign of weakness - one that America's de facto and potential enemies will not overlook. It's weak financially, that's obvious - half of strength in warfare is strength and sustainability of resources. It's also weak with respect to the complexity and limited capabilities of the platform and it crowds out other more basic and cost effective technologies, something pointed out in the article.
- There are currently 14 million "officially" unemployed (many more in reality), of which 6 million have already lost their unemployment benefits and by the end of the year a staggering 4 million more will lose their benefits.
As usual, it's a false dilemma, debated by elitist fools, because there is no long-term option to not feed the poor and impoverished. History dictates that you either give them what they need, or they rise up and take what they want.
Batten down the hatches.