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Letter of the Day: Military contract a waste

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Wasteful military contract

The editorial “High-flying military waste” (Our Views, Sept. 30) is interesting. Fighter aircraft have a limited range relative to bomber aircraft, therefore they can only be used within a relatively short distance from their home base.

This raises the question: When will a $40 million or $50 million fighter aircraft be used to defend the United States borders in dogfights, the same as those over the English Channel so long ago, in Korea, and Vietnam? Our neighbors are Canada and Mexico. Are they potential enemies?

These expensive, considerably over-budget aircraft will be used to attack, or defend, foreign shores; not the United States. Therefore, rhetorically, why are we spending these ridiculous amounts for the benefit of other countries?

It was in President Eisenhower’s farewell address,in 1961, that he stated: “We must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex ... so that security and liberty may prosper together.”

Canceling the contract on the F-35, and the imbecilic notion of establishing a base on Mars, will be in the interest of the current financial fiasco, and the taxpayers.

Derek Blair

Tampa

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