The gentleman from Texas clarified the issues involved with this program. I guess the F-22 is designed to fix a World War II problem that no longer exists. The P-51 Mustang was designed to protect the long-range bombers of that era. They did successfully protect them, but, because of the weather, pinpoint bombing degenerated into area bombing, which did not reduce war production in Germany.
If a pre-emptive nuclear strike is contemplated, missiles would be the method of choice. You do not need bombers or their fighter escorts to commit mass murder involved in nuclear conflicts.
We need attack aircraft, which do work, for the current types of conflict in which we are engaged. The A-10 seems to work, but the Harriers might need some upgrading.
Pervis James Casey
Jul 27 2009 - 1:51pm