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Myths Of The Raptor

Obama's "victory" over the F-22.

2:45 PM, Jul 27, 2009 • By REUBEN F. JOHNSON
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Add up all the real-world facts and there does not seem to be much of a victory here for any one--the possible exception being those nations who are planning to do battle with the U.S. in the future and will now face a mere token force of F-22s. The decision not to continue F-22 production might be justified on other grounds, but this week's vote has been based on a set of false assumptions and creates a false sense of economy. The future of U.S. combat airpower is much too serious a business for it to be held hostage to this manner of legislative myth-making.

Reuben F. Johnson is a frequent contributor to THE WEEKLY STANDARD Online.