It is obvious that this man has no clue. We are developing fighters
(F-22/35) that have no threat that cannot be handled by the F-117 (which is the be all to end all) but we are dangerously close to imploding if more budget cuts come our way? Strengthen the force, reduce the technology (which doesn’t work in most cases) and let’s put DoD on the right path, defense of the Nation (and not police force of the world)……
Leon Panetta Hypes al Qaeda to Ward Off More Defense Cuts
The Atlantic, 6 August 2011
It seems that one week, al Qaeda is on the run and “near collapse” and the next, al Qaeda remains the reason why the US needs to continue to spend hundreds of billions of dollars on a Pentagon designed to fight the wrong wars. This is irresponsible hyping of a threat to justify massive defense spending during a period of real fiscal stress.
Phi Beta Iota: Daniel Ellsberg had it exactly right when he lectured Henry Kissinger in the 1970’s on Viet-Nam:
The danger is, you’ll become like a moron. You’ll become incapable of learning from most people in the world, no matter how much experience they have in their particular areas that may be much greater than yours” [because of your blind faith in the value of your narrow and often incorrect secret information].
Panetta would be well-served by attending to what Bob Seelert, Chairman of Saatchi & Saatchi Worldwide (New York) has to say:
When things are not going well, until you get the truth out on the table, no matter how ugly, you are not in a position to deal with it.