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.
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.
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.