It’s a fight some Democrats would argue that Obama was foolish to make, raising the stakes unnecessarily with early veto threats. But the F-22 termination is Gates’s signature issue in changing the Pentagon budget.
At noon today we will finally see the outcome. Will the Senate vote to spend almost two billion dollars on F-22s that the DoD did not even request? It is nice to see Sen. McCain once again battling pork and leading the anti-F-22 wing of the GOP. It is also disgusting that Sen. Saxby Chambliss, the man who received five deferments during Vietnam and crucified Max Cleland - a Vietnam veteran who lost three limbs - as soft on defense during his first Senate election, is once again all for buying anything a defense company creates so that he can seem strong on defense, something he obviously wasn't very into during his formative years and has been trying to make up for during his political career by supporting the war machine wholeheartedly.