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Fri Feb 5, 2016, 10:21 AM

Is the F-35 our Death Star?

https://www.nationalpriorities.org/blog/2016/02/02/f-35-our-death-star/



Is the F-35 our Death Star?
By Jasmine Tucker
Posted: Feb. 2, 2016 | Budget Process, Military & Security

Today, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter previewed what is to come next week when the president releases his fiscal year 2017 federal budget proposal.

What we learned from the preview is that the Pentagon wants to continue sinking federal tax dollars into the F-35, a fighter jet that is billions over budget, years behind schedule, and is one of the Government Accountability Office's noted risky Pentagon programs. And just days ago, the Pentagon announced a new $61 million contract to Lockheed Martin, the maker of the ill-conceived aircraft, adding to the billions already down the drain.

So we ask you: Are we in an alternate universe? Is this Star Wars? Is the F-35 our Death Star?

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Cost of National Security: https://www.nationalpriorities.org/cost-of/

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Response to unhappycamper (Original post)

Fri Feb 5, 2016, 10:39 AM

1. Naw, the death star's cheaper.

Reminds me of the SDI.

-- Mal

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Response to unhappycamper (Original post)

Fri Feb 5, 2016, 10:45 AM

2. The money pit

damn it, I don't care what it costs, we're going to make this thing work. The Pentagon has got a tiger by the tail and can't let go. Shit , buy that Russian Su-37 - it seems remarkable

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Response to unhappycamper (Original post)

Fri Feb 5, 2016, 10:51 PM

3. The expense of it reminds me of that point in the Iraq War when I think a majority of

level headed people knew it was probably a bad idea in the first place, but we needed to stay in because it would have been all for nothing.

In the end we ended up with the same terrible results, but having spent even more money, losing more lives, and doing worse damage to the civilian population of Iraq.

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Response to unhappycamper (Original post)

Fri May 27, 2016, 08:01 PM

4. yes and no

both are a waste of money, but the Death Star actually worked.

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