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4 years 50 weeks ago, 9:09 AM

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Obama Just Made Us More Vulnerable… Again

In Word War I Eddie Rickenbacker downed 26 enemy planes. In Word War II Richard Bong notched 40 while Francis Gabreski killed 34 across World War II and Korea. In contrast, when Cesar Rodriguez retired from the Air Force two years ago, his three-air-to-air kills (two over Iraq in 1991 and one over Kosovo) were the most of any American fighter pilot on active duty. The steep decline in these numbers is no accident. They are the residue of a purposeful strategy to avoid war through unquestioned strength. As Ronald Reagan told the Republican National Convention in Dallas in 1984: “There are some who’ve forgotten why we have a military. It’s not to promote war; it’s to be prepared for peace.”
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Yesterday the Obama administration significantly undercut our strength by killing production of the Air Force’s best fighter: the F-22. For Obama, the victory was purely symbolic. While he sends our nation spiraling into trillions of new debt, his $1.75 billion in savings by cutting the F-22 amounts to a third of one percent of the overall 2010 defense budget. So if killing the F-22 was not about savings, what was the motivation? The New York Times reports: “Senate aides said that some Democrats who otherwise might have voted for more planes sided with the President out of concern that a loss could have hurt him in the fight for health care reform.”

So at what cost to our national security did Obama trade political momentum for his domestic initiatives? Russia is expanding its fighter forces more than at any other time since the end of the Cold War. The Russians plan to field 300 Su-Fullback strike aircraft by 2022 and an additional 300 Sukhoi Pak fifth-generation fighters. Meanwhile, China has ordered an estimated 76 Su-30MKK Flanker-Gs and can produce an additional 250 under license, including at least 100 “knock-down kits” to be assembled in China. If China modernizes its 171 Su-27SK/UBs to the Su-27SKM standard and assembles another 105 Su-27SKMs under license, it will have roughly 626 multi-role fighters available for air superiority missions. This would place China in the same league as the U.S., which has 522 F-15A/B/C/Ds, 217 F-15Es, and a planned end strength of 186 F-22s.

The fighter gap is often considered to be far in the future, but the reality is that future short falls must be addressed today. The President’s fighter cuts would eliminate one of the two remaining fifth-generation fighter production lines. This would severely limit the options available to Congress if it wants to restart production at some later date. The cost to the taxpayer would also be much higher than if production continues.

Earlier this month, the Obama administration weakened our defenses on another front, agreeing to reduce the number of strategic launchers despite receiving no real concessions from the Russians on Missile Defense.

You can join Governor Mitt Romney, Speaker Newt Gingrich, Republican Whip Eric Cantor, and Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison and send the President a message that weakness invites aggression, not peace. You can join the 55,000 other Americans who have signed the 4% for Freedom petition which calls on the President and Congress to protect America by: 1) restoring missile defense funding; 2) giving our troops the equipment they need to complete their missions; and 3) not including war funding, maintain a minimum defense budget of 4% of GDP.

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The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.”-Albert Einstein
4 years 50 weeks ago, 9:11 AM

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Can't stay see all later.

The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.”-Albert Einstein
4 years 50 weeks ago, 9:17 AM

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who the hell was that naked person?

4 years 50 weeks ago, 12:35 PM

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Thank

You SamD for doing that..that..:) that was my toy.

Just Kidding...I was going to try and post nudies of men with guns just to balance the site..don't worry I wont...unless I come across a really BIG GUN. :)

The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.”-Albert Einstein
4 years 50 weeks ago, 9:25 AM

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if ryo's contribution to the site is satisfactory. ryo does not wish ever to be consider point whore. ryo wish only to contribute to site and to make friends. you insight in this matter is valuable to ryo.

Your ichiban magomusuko,

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4 years 50 weeks ago, 9:37 AM

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You are fine Ryo

You are doing a very good job. Point's Whore, You? No way. You are a technocrat of the nth degree. Just keep arms simple. No computers!

4 years 50 weeks ago, 9:42 AM

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still can't locate a point whore...a few lot lizards..

I have reasons for the things I do, just don't expect them to be reasonable
4 years 50 weeks ago, 12:51 PM

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arigato for your fine words. ryo wants only to be a good soldier in the Gunslot army. ryo wants to contribute. ryo expects only to be the right kind of member of our site. however, ryo does need from time to time confermation that am doing a good and proper job. am so sorry if this is negative or boring to you.

Your ichiban magomusuko (grandson)

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4 years 50 weeks ago, 12:58 PM

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LOL

4 years 50 weeks ago, 1:01 PM

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Ryo - Just joking

You are most outstanding member of Gunslot. You add so much. Keep it up!

4 years 50 weeks ago, 1:12 PM

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ryo, as far as know, is the second youngest memeber of our site after little brother and snake kun. ryo wants to be good soldier. ryo wants to be good contributer to site. ryo is also very humble before your praise. but even so only wish to be good soldier. only wish to be good contributor and most of all am grateful for your friendship.

Your ichiban magomusuko,

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4 years 50 weeks ago, 3:38 PM

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One of the biggest reasons we have so few kills in air-to-air combat is because we have the capability to take the enemy aircraft out on the runway. Hell, in Desert Shield/Storm and OIF, the Iraqis tried burying their planes or the pilots resorted to flying directly to neighboring countries to give themselves up rather than being destroyed by unseen forces. The numbers are also misleading. This article lists the 626 Chinese Fighter/CAS aircraft in comparison to our fleet of F15s. It did not list the number of American F16s or the number of Marine and Naval fighter/CAS aircraft we have. Dollpartzz, obviously you are free to cut and paste articles for our awareness, information, or entertainment, but I suggest in the future you read and question the information you are about to present. I have heard nothing but good things about the F22's potential to dominate the skies over the battlefield, but let's try to keep things in perspective and refrain from these alarmist tactics so beloved by the libs.

"I have always been a soldier. I have known no other life. The calling of arms, I have followed from boyhood. I have never sought another." From The Virtues of War, by Steven Pressfield.

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