A-10 Warthog May Live to Fight Another Day with Support from Lawmakers
April 14, 2014 9:41 AM
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"The Taliban hates the A-10. That’s good enough for me." -- Senator Lindsey Graham
In February of 2012, a report surfaced that said the
U.S. military was looking to retire single-purpose aircraft
in favor of multirole aircraft in large part due to budget cuts. One of the aircraft that was among those to be killed off was the A-10 Warthog. However, it looks as though some lawmakers want the venerable Warthog to fly for many more years.
The A-10 is a dedicated ground attack jet that has been providing close air support for decades. Senator Kelly Ayotte (R) has announced that she will push for amendments to be made to legislation that would retire the A-10 fleet.
The USAF has proposed the removal of the A-10 from its fleet by 2019 in part due to a 2011 deficit-reduction law. There are lawmakers on both sides of the isle that want to keep the A-10 flying, but they will have to find cuts in the budget elsewhere to make that happen.
The USAF maintains that by cutting the A-10 from the fleet it will save $3.5 billion over several years.
Senator Lindsey Graham (R) says that he has "been in theater enough to know what the troops say about the A-10." Graham added, "The Taliban hates the A-10. That’s good enough for me."
According to reports, many senior Army leaders, special operations troops, and soldiers in the field oppose the retirement of the fleet. Army Chief of Staff General Raymond Oiderno recently stated, "Obviously, we prefer the A-10. [Soldiers] can see it, they can hear it, they have confidence in it."
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RE: Great plane but less useful today than in the past
4/14/2014 2:21:29 PM
I think he ment open conflict, not proxy wars.
In which he'd be right. It's also the reason why Russia has seemingly little problem anymore with directly opposing the US.
It's because the US is weak right now and on the verge of collapse. If open war with Russia does happen, China's going to take russia's side immediantly. If they both dump their treasuries, considering the weak economic state of the US and their allies such as europe and japan, the US would go bankrupt overnight. You cannot fight a war while bankrupt, it'd be an automatic win for Russia.
Just read the article. The only reason the A-10 is being retired is because of "Budget cuts". Not because they're getting old or there's a newer better fighter on the horizon. Why are they trying to replace it with multirole fighters? Because it's cheaper (in theory, atleast).
That, and i figure Russia's not going to let the US have it's way in it's back yard. First Georgia, then Syria and now Ukraine, it'd be like russia trying to turn canada and mexico communist as well as stationing missiles on cuba again. Think the US would let that slide?
But a proxy war is one thing. Russia knows it'd be open war if it'd do the same to EU members like lithuania, so that's why it's not. Same reason why it'll threaten to cut off the gas but it will ensure europe still gets theirs (it also helps this is all unfolding in spring, it'd be a different story if this happened mid-autumn). What worries me, is the open talk of using nuclear weapons from all sides. Palin on the US side, the russian news cast saying they're the only real nuclear threat to the US on their side, and the new ukrainian prime minister saying russians in ukraine should be killed with nuclear weapons.
That's playing with fire nobody wants to play with.
RE: Great plane but less useful today than in the past
4/15/2014 1:38:04 PM
Yes, specifically I meant USA wishes to avoid direct engagement with the "enemy", whomever that may be. USA gov is content to allow a crisis and/or incite one.
I don't really want to pick who is less bad, each party involved has a whole litany of abuses on their hands. But, I live in USA so I know where my interests lie. That's the world for ya.
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