One is not surprised by the hopelessly Pollyannaish content of your Feb. 1 editorial, "It's 'hurry up and wait' for Joint Strike Fighters." You have chosen yet once again to perpetuate the fiction that this obscenely wasteful and unnecessary venture -- described by U.S. Sen. John McCain as "a scandal and a tragedy" and a "train wreck" -- will somehow save our local economy in a "re-up (of) the usefulness of the air station."
As for, "Neither senator wants to see the program axed": No doubt McCain -- despite statements to the contrary -- will fall in line with those who continue to insist on pouring untold amounts of taxpayer monies down the rabbit hole -- into Lockheed Martin's coffers in a grossly negligent, increasingly desperate attempt to justify past and present errors of judgment regarding the creation of a warplane that, after years of unfounded, undelivered promises, simply does not work.
In truth, your editorial's title should read (cue the bluebirds on our collective shoulders): "It's 'hurry up and wait' and keep believing us (translation: don't ask questions) when we tell you the F-35B, a much ballyhooed but undisputed underperformer, is the only link to Beaufort County's future prosperity and is, despite all evidence to the contrary, just around the corner."
Truthfully, the demonstrated willingness of all segments of our community to develop and pursue realistic, commonly held economic alternatives -- and not slavish dependence on a single aircraft -- will be our soundest path forward.
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