Many Atlas readers have sent me the news story about the supuh dupuh seder the Bower-in-chief is having at the White House. The snake oil salesman's seder at the White House.
Frankly he can keep his show crumbs. I wasn't going to post on it because it is meaningless, but too many folks have sent me the link. I don't care what they serve in the White House, I care about the safety and security of the Jewish people, and President Hussein is serving Israel up to the jihad on a seder plate.
So keep your phony seder and your transparent gestures and get your teeth our of Israel's neck. By their acts ye shall know him, and so we know him. Every decision, every move, every policy decision the Islamic loving President has made in regards to Israel has been the act of .... an anti-semite.
The Jews are going to choke on the matzah President O-bow-a is serving. Imagine if you will.
Barack Hussein, spare the gefilte fish, put a couple of Arrow II anti-Missile defense systems back on your seder table. Chag Sameach O-deceiver.
Despite threats to U.S. and Israel Gates Kills F-22 Raptor, Airborne Missile Interceptor and Arrow III
Two prominent projects killed by Gates in his announcement about Obama's DoD budget hits were the F-22 Raptor, the advanced Stealth fighter bomber and the Airborne Laser (ABL) Missile Defense program. Note what Investors Business Daily said in an editorial yesterday:
We will miss the F-22 Raptor, perhaps the only plane that could evade the sophisticated S-300 surface-to-air missile defense system Russia is selling to Iran.
Russia’s S-300 system is “one of the most lethal, if not the most lethal, all-altitude area defense” systems, according to the International Strategy and Assessment Service, a Virginia-based think tank.
But the aircraft we and the nation will miss the most is the Airborne Laser (ABL) program, killed in Gates’ general slashing of missile defense, cuts which will reduce the budget of the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) by $1.4 billion in 2010, or about 15%. Gates proposes turning the ABL into a research program.
The YAL-1A, a modified Boeing 747-400F equipped with a megawatt-class, high-energy Chemical Oxygen Iodine Laser (COIL) is designed to destroy ballistic missiles in their very vulnerable boost phase, missiles such as Iran’s Shahab series and North Korea’s Taepodong series.
According to the MDA, the ABL provides a unique capability “to detect, track, and destroy ballistic missiles shortly after launch during the boost phase. Its revolutionary use of directed energy makes it unique among the United States’ airborne weapons systems, with a potential to attack multiple targets at the speed of light with a range of several hundred kilometers.”
Yesterday, Israel announced the 17th successful test of an upgraded Arrow II anti-Missile defense system capable of destroying possible Iranian incoming ballistic missiles. However, Gates has announced gutting US funding for the Arrow III development program with Israel Aircraft Industries. Note this UPI report:
Ynet, the Web site of the respected Tel Aviv daily Yediot Aharonot, reported Monday that U.S. funding for the Arrow-3 program is likely to be eliminated.
However, in compensation, the Obama administration is prepared to help Israel buy the U.S. Navy’s Standard Missile 3 anti-ballistic missile system instead, the report said. The SM-3 (AEGIS Balistic Missile Defense System) is built by Raytheon as its primary contractor.
Ynet said the U.S. Congress is expected to take up the issue soon, possibly as early as its next session.
Offering the SM-3 makes a lot of sense and could prove a wiser course of action for Israel than pushing ahead with the Arrow-3. The SM-3 is far more expensive per unit at $10 million to $12 million each, compared with the individual projected cost of the Arrow-3 at only $1.5 million to $2 million each. But the SM-3 is a mature technology whose costs will not rise unexpectedly. The Arrow-3 is still in the developmental stage, and no one knows how high its real costs will reach as opposed to the optimistic projections made for it.
UPDATE: John Jay in the comment section, who knows such things. Encyclopedic is his knowledge:
unless you follow the defense procurement process, it is difficult to understand just how devastating the gates/obama slashing of the defense budget will be to our military posture around the world.
take for instance the y-22.--
the y-22 raptor was essential to the united states ability to maintain air superiority in the various theatres of the world. the f-14, f-15 and f-16 are good airplanes, but they are aging designs, and other countries, notably china, are bringing online and selling for export, airplanes which appear to be their equals in flight characteristics and avionics. pakistan, for instance, has taken delivery of some of these modern chinese planes, and they look to be formidable: indeed, they appear to be very close copies of the american planes mentioned, both in layout and lines.
imitation is, after all, the sincerest form of flattery.
the f-22 is very stealthy. not only that, it is armed to the teeth with the most advanced weaponry and targeting systems in the world. but, the chief thing about the plane is its amazing ability to manuever and do almost unheard of things at the speeds at which modern aircraft fight each other in close proximity. the planes simply go wherever the pilots can imagine to maneuver them, and it is my understanding that in simulated dog fights with the f-15 and f-16 generation of planes, the f-22 very handily and decisively defeats the older planes, (as it was designed to do), and at at rate of victory that would suggest that american pilots would not be exposed to the devastating attrition that fighting "equals" posits.
to cut the f-22 is, ... , well, murderous of our pilots, and abandons a clearly achieved tactical and strategic air superiority over our foes that would have extended at least another generation and perhaps two of our potential adversaries' developments.
you see, these airplanes are not built overnight. the materials and construction techniques developed for the fighter took almost twenty years of the best efforts of our industrial complex to develop. the design, building, and flight testing of the airplane took in excess of 10 or 12 years, significantly so, in fact. other builders submitted designs after similar development and expense, and these planes flew competitively against each other in a series of tests that extended well over 5 years, before a clear cut winner emerged from the competition. years, and years, ... , hell, generations of effort are being wasted by the abandonment of this program, generations of effort by literally the entire aviation industry, and a significant portion of our industry devoted to metals and materials, including carbon fibers and graphites and plastics and the like. finally, i cannot begin to tell you the work that went into "look and see" target acquistion, targetting a nd fire control systems, that gave the pilots of these planes and almost intuitive capability to fly and fight with them, at the same time.
we watch the skills of these pilots, and marvel at the things they do at air shows, ... , but try and imagine the stresses on a pilot of flying like this for one's very life, while trying to shoot back and kill the other guy before he gets you and your bird. these planes are quantum leaps ahead of the older planes in ease of flight and fight, and every bit of that is to be sacrificed, because b.hussein obama and robert gates have their collective heads up their collective asses. it is, quite literally, a crying shame, upon our country.
if this plane is not built in sufficient quantities to assure our air superiority, this means that at another point, another two or three generations of research, development, testing and procurement will have to be duplicated in order to just replicate what has been expended in the development of this airplane.
one cost of this, of course, will be money.
another cost, irreplacable, will be the lives of those american pilots who die in combat flying older outmoded designs, perhaps not the equal of their opponents, when they could have been achieving air victories and air superiority with a superior plane, a better weapon.
to put it simply, obama and gates are traitors to the servicemen and women they profess to lead. they are phonies. they are poseurs. they are traitors to this great country.
it is tragedy of classic greek proportion, and monumental stupidity.
if you know a fighter pilot, or a service pilot, show him this letter and ask him if i have even an inkling of what i am talking about. ask him about my conclusions.
and, then, report the results of that conversation to these pages. if i am an idiot, i don't mind be revealed as such, because it will mean the situation is not so dire as i thought, and i would take considerable comfort in my embarassment.
but, if i am even close to being on the button, you report that as well, ... , because this is an issue that bears on the lives and deaths of those who serve to protect us, and those who fight our fights.
they deserve no less than an illumination of these issues, don't you think?