The F22 Raptor went to work last night in its first combat mission. It is important to note the following: The U.S. is re-engaged in a WAR in the Middle East, specifically, Syria. The aircraft were used in coordination with five other Arab countries, Qatar, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Bahrain. Here is an important fact that the taxpayers should understand. Each aircraft cost 339 million dollars. Let me repeat that, 339 million dollars per aircraft. So, for a cool 1 billion dollars you can buy three of these babies! Wow! What a great deal! Besides getting re-involved into a quagmire of Islamic Insanity,(II), there is one benefit of this latest campaign. The pilots are getting some good experience. Hmm. I guess that is good. Sometimes I feel like I am just a spectator in this grand illusion of military exuberance. Oh, I forgot, they did tax me again last year. I guess I am not a spectator, but an unwilling supporter. I say unwilling because for 339 million dollars per aircraft we could of put a lot of Americans back to work, fed a whole bunch of people here in the U.S., stabilized the borders, and who knows, maybe invented an "anti-war" machine. I think I saw that on the SyFy channel. O.K., so, again, we are off and running. The news media is having a field day, the military looks good again, and the stupid politicians now have some more B.S. they can feed the electorate this November. Yuk! Just so you don't get too giddy, think about the field day the bad guys will have if they get lucky and knock down an F22. So, that's how I see it today, from the plains of Southern Colorado, September 23rd, 2014. Oh, did I mention that the Israelis shot down a Syrian fighter last night?
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Daniel D Scroggin
A freelance writer, flight instructor, and world traveler. Sharing his ideas, opinions, and adventures for your consumption.