- The Washington Times - Friday, May 22, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Your editorial (“Budget-cut baloney,” Editorial, May 10) was right on the mark. While President Obama proposes the most deficit spending in American history to grow favored federal programs and fund financial bailouts, he sees fit to cut defense spending in the midst of two wars. Eliminating production of the F-22 Raptor fighter would reduce the U.S. Air Force’s ability to take out enemy air defenses and establish air superiority over future battlefields. The administration also wants to cut production of the Navy’s top fighter aircraft, the F-18 Super Hornet, which will result in a shortfall of at least 200 aircraft sorely needed to modernize carrier air wings. And that’s not the worst of it. Even after North Korea and Iran’s recent tests of ballistic missiles, the administration is proposing a massive cut to the U.S. missile defense program.

This is still a dangerous world. Mr. Obama’s proposed defense cuts will only make it more dangerous and should be opposed.

ARNE W. OWENS

Richmond

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