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Question of the Day
Equally worrying were Mr. Obama’s private comments, overheard in March, to then-Russian President Dmitri Medvedev promising “more flexibility” in missile defense talks that Russia is using to seek limits on U.S. defenses.
“Think about that,” Mr. Rumsfeld said. “It’s breathtaking!
“Here is an American president who claims he is standing strong for vital American interests, but behind closed doors is promising the president of Russia that, if he wins, he’s ready to concede to Putin by abandoning a missile defense system that has [as] its purpose defending our people and our friends and allies,” he added, referring to the current Russian president.
The comment shows the president’s lack of respect for the intelligence of Americans and “screams the question as to what else might he be planning to do after he is no longer accountable to American people,” Mr. Rumsfeld said.
In the spirit of the current presidential election campaign, the former defense chief called on the American people to reverse America’s downward spiral by changing the current leadership.
Web leaks stealth jet design
U.S. intelligence agencies recently learned new details about China’s second new stealth jet, under development, from an unlikely source: the Internet.
A Chinese military-enthusiast website last month revealed design details of what is being called the J-31 stealth jet.
The disclosures were made by anonymous Chinese officials in what appears to be a new Beijing policy of officially sanctioned leaks.
The posting on the fourth-generation J-31 “Hawk,” which is being built by the Shenyang Aircraft Design and Research Institute and Shenyang Aircraft Corp., is a medium-sized jet that likely will be used on Chinese aircraft carriers in the future, as well as an aerial combat fighter.
The jet uses a radar-evading coating and composite parts, along with a cockpit designed to prevent potentially detectable electronic emanations, for its avionics. Photos of the bulging midsection reveal a large fuel tank, indicating the Chinese plan to use the jets for power-projection and longer-distance strikes.
For carrier operations, the jet has a landing-gear housing that will require few changes for carrier landings.
The jet also is being built with large stabilizers and high-speed flight stability for aircraft carrier takeoffs.
According to the website bbs.tiexue.net and its Air Force Forum, the J-31 has copied the placement of the bomb bay used on the U.S. F-35 Joint Strike Fighter — a clear indication that the Chinese successfully stole key elements of the F-35 through cyberespionage against a European defense company involved in the F-35 program. The new jet will be powered by Russian-made RD-33 engines for flight tests before those engines are swapped for Chinese-made engines in the future.
The J-31 was expected to have been flight-tested last month, according to the postings.
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About the Author
Bill Gertz is a national security columnist for The Washington Times and senior editor at The Washington Free Beacon (www.freebeacon.com). He has been with The Times since 1985.
He is the author of six books, four of them national best-sellers. His latest book, “The Failure Factory,” on government bureaucracy and national security, was published in September 2008.
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