April 6, 2009
The War Within
Forget al Qaeda, the Taliban or aliens from space. Defense Secretary Robert Gates just declared war on the toughest foe he will ever face: the American Military-Industrial Complex.
Take the F-22. Please. It is easily the sexiest thing ever to fly over this earth, but its price tag is enough to make you weep and it is very little use to fight an enemy who lives in a cave. The F-22 is just a sexy waste of money for the world we face.
But building F-22's makes a lot of people a lot of money. That's who Gates has to take on. Killing the F-22 program will be the fight of his life. Afganistan will just be a mop-up operation after that.