Wednesday, October 10, 2018
They say Schopenhauer was depressed, but at least he never had to read about the F-35. The best summary of the F-35 program comes, believe it or not, from John McCain: "It has been an incredible waste of the taxpayers' dollar and it hurts the credibility of our acquisition process, our defense industry ... [and] ... reinforces the view of some of us that the military-industrial- congressional complex that President Eisenhower warned us about is alive and well."
I've written about this rotten excuse for a fighter plane several times. Last time, I tried to put it as bluntly as possible:
"The USAF loves the F-35 more than any other project in history ... [b]ecause it's a disaster. The biggest, most expensive, most shameful procurement scandal in American history. I hear you asking, Wait, wait -- are you saying it's even worse than the F-104 Starfighter, the plane the Bundeswehr called "The Flying Coffin"?' Yes, I am. Because as bad as the F-104 was, it didn't cost $337 million per plane. That's the projected cost of this godawful flying pooch, the F-35. $337 million per plane. Yes, folks, for slightly more than one billion dollars, you get three very bad airplanes."
This is a scam worth $1.5 trillion dollars, an obvious scam, the kind that doesn't even show any respect for the suckers it's robbing.
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