Jim, I agree with you about the urgency of national defense. But let me point out a real sticking point in the notion of a high-tech military requiring less equipment and fewer troops.
Example: You’ve got a modern fighter-bomber that can practically fly itself, has stealth capability, super-fast, carries and uses a tremendous variety of computer-aided weapons systems, can punch at the weight of entire squadron of F-15 Tomcats. Wonderful. But when you lose one, and it does happen, you’ve lost the punching weight of that entire squadrom of Tomcats. On a per-plane-loss basis, you’d be better off with the squadron of Tomcats.
Extremely effective small weapons systems with lots of well-trained troops to use them — now that makes sense in the current war-fighting environment.
And here’s an aside on a strategic issue, only half-facetious: If Pakistan falls to the Islamic radicals, as is now being discussed very seriously, at least we’d have a country (and a military establishment) to bomb, and could do so forthwith.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?