Thursday, July 23, 2009

Texas senator: Let's sell F-22s to allies

Texas senator: Let's sell F-22s to allies;

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, is not finished in his fight to save future production of Lockheed Martin’s F-22 fighter jet.

A day after the U.S. Senate voted to kill funding for additional aircraft passed the 2008 fiscal year, Cornyn released a statement saying if the U.S. government does not want the jets, then permission should be granted to sell the fighters to allies abroad. ...
Cornyn added that arming countries such as Israel with the jets will intimidate bordering nations like Iran that are aggressive toward American allies.

Comment: Rather than intimidation, maybe it might cause more problems Mr. Cornyn.

At some lost point in US history we used to export machinery, farm equipment, tools, consumer goods, just to name a few, but today all we export is war and the related tools. Maybe if the States had representation in Congress we would be focusing on the economic health of our states and communities rather than furthering the international imperialism agenda.


JohnJ said...

I'm sorry, but selling someone the capability of self-defense is not "exporting war". If you believed that, then why not advocate a universal ban on any weapon used for self-defense (which would be all of them)? You know as well as I do that having a visible means of self-defense acts as a deterrent against aggression; it is not aggression by itself.

Anonymous said...

Who are they going to defend against? The US is selling high threat warfare tools in a forth or fifth generation warfare environment. Self defense is one thing but when our country's only export is war material we have a big problem as far as I am concerned.