With a projected cost of $388 Billion, the Pentagon's F-35 program is becoming today's poster for what in the 1980s Washington Post cartoonist Herblock depicted as a $600 toilet seat hanging around the neck of then Secretary of Defense Casper Weinberger.
Our country is facing a budget deficit that threatens our ability to operate as a functioning democracy. Whether or not you agree with the Blue Dogs, you have to agree that we need to get the budget deficit under control.
The Pentagon has a time honored tradition of assigning PR nicknames to its aircrafts. The moniker of Lockheed's F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is "Lightning II," named after its glitzy but unsuccessful WWII fighter.
As the Pentagon's $300 billion F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program continues to unravel, it is useful to remind ourselves who told us all of this would happen, and who might now be making foolish prognostications.