Support Russia Insider - Go Ad-Free!

Trump Takes on the Military Industrial Complex, Vows to Cut 'Out of Control' F-35 Program

See? Only a Russian agent would want to cut funding for a costly, useless fighter jet that doesn't work


This post first appeared on Russia Insider


"The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is the most expensive, and possible the most error ridden, project in the history of the United States military. But DOD has sunk so much money into the F-35 — which is expected to cost $1.5 trillion over the 55-year life of the program that the Pentagon deemed it 'too big to fail" in 2010.'"

This is the mind-melting lede of an article published by CNBC on July 31, 2014 — more than two years ago. And surprise surprise, the F-35 is still an over-budget, malfunctioning $1 trillion heap of garbage.

<figcaption>So long to the $1 trillion headache!</figcaption>
So long to the $1 trillion headache!

As famous woodland neckbeard Henry Thoreau once wrote, "Things don't change, we change," which is certainly true of the F-35 and the billions of taxpayer dollars thrown at it year after year.

But can a shakeup in leadership put the breaks on this crime against basic deceny? Instead of having a MIC stooge in the White House, there is a dim glimmer of actual hope, resonating from none other than Donald J. Trump's Twitter account/hate speech dispenser:

Cutting wasteful Pentagon programs is a tall order, and it is also a leading cause of freak airplane accidents, two-shots-to-the-back-of-the-head suicides, and other remarkable phenomena which make America a truly exceptional nation.

As president (assuming the Electoral College doesn't coronate Michael Moore), Trump won't have direct say in what military programs are worthy of funding. But if he plays his cards right, we have no doubt that he can mobilize widespread support for cutting wasteful Pentagon expenditures.

If he chooses to go down this path, Trump will be maliciously attacked by "anti-war" Democrats as a Russian double agent who wants to weaken America. Just wait. It will be a sight to behold.

Anyway, even if it's just a dumb tweet, we applaud any effort to scale back the evil clusterfuck that has become the Military Industrial Complex. Will the Donald deliver? If his base pushes hard enough, we think it's more than possible.


Support Russia Insider - Go Ad-Free!

This post first appeared on Russia Insider

Anyone is free to republish, copy, and redistribute the text in this content (but not the images or videos) in any medium or format, with the right to remix, transform, and build upon it, even commercially, as long as they provide a backlink and credit to Russia Insider. It is not necessary to notify Russia Insider. Licensed Creative Commons


Our commenting rules: You can say pretty much anything except the F word. If you are abusive, obscene, or a paid troll, we will ban you. Full statement from the Editor, Charles Bausman.