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“Syria is not Libya,” Mark Gunzinger, a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, a research organization in Washington, D.C., said last year in an interview with Military.com. “Their air defense systems are more formidable. Using F-22s to help suppress those threats and support penetrating capability may be a good idea.”But wait. Obama hates, hates, hates the F-22.
"I reject the notion that we have to waste billions of taxpayer dollars on outdated and unnecessary defense projects to keep this nation secure," said Obama, in reference to the F-22, in 2009.
Obama led the cheerleading to prematurely kill the F-22 program.
Obama hated the F-22 so much, the White House refused to let one be seen in an Obama photo-op backdrop...
From 2009, as reported at ForeignPolicy.com:
When President Obama spoke to troops at Alaska's Elmendorf Air Force Base last month, the unit there parked a shiny new F-22 fighter plane in the hangar. But according to multiple sources, White House aides demanded the plane be changed to an older F-15 fighter because they didn't want Obama speaking in front of the F-22, a controversial program he fought hard to end.
"White House aides actually made them remove the F-22-said they would not allow POTUS to be pictured with the F-22 in any way, shape, or form," one source close to the unit relayed.As international threats to the U.S. and its interests now escalate, do you trust Obama-the-picky photo-op-president to keep the nation safe for the next two years?
Update: I've posted a follow up.