November 30, 2007
IN JOHN Bruhns' "The Anti-war Phonies," he asserts, "If any candidate wants my vote, they first and foremost need to convince me that they will end the war in Iraq. " Hey, Bruhns, check the newswires. President Bush is ending the war in Iraq, no thanks to you. The surge is working. Peace is coming to Iraq. Vote peace. Vote Republican. Raoul Deming Chester Springs
December 5, 2003
WHEN AL GORE gave a speech at the Democratic National Convention rivaling any socialist in history, I condemned him. Little did the American people know that his opponent, the purported conservative Republican George W. Bush, was a silent big spender who would return us to the days of massive deficits. With the passing of the $400 billion Medicare prescription entitlement package, a new era of the welfare state has been set in place. Al Gore, whose misguided policies would have been a disaster, at least had the decency to let us know upfront what we could expect in his presidency.
November 18, 1988 |
On the eve of the public unveiling of the B-2 "Stealth" bomber, critics asserted yesterday that the new plane will not be able to accomplish its key mission of hunting down Soviet mobile missile launchers and could cost as much as $850 million each, three times more than the new B-1 bomber. Officials of the Federation of American Scientists and the Union of Concerned Scientists told reporters that the B-2, scheduled to be seen in public for the first time on Tuesday, should be scrapped.
December 30, 1989
Out of the Panamanian skies they came, carrying out their mission with nary a hitch. They were F-117 "Stealth" fighters, and their success is being trumpeted as justification for spending jillions on more and fancier airplanes. There's only one problem with this, the same problem that caused our Air Force to reject the economical and useful F-20 in favor of a bigger fleet of more splendiferously expensive and fancier F-14s. The mission wasn't much. Setting off bombs in a vacant lot to confuse a ragtag bunch of militiamen is a mission that could have been carried out just about as well by a couple of low-flying World War II-vintage P-40s.
July 19, 1989
Wouldn't you know it? On the day that the B-2 Stealth bomber made its maiden flight, proving that the thing might actually work, President Bush was in Europe telling the world that the Soviets "are moving in our direction, coming our way. " And he wasn't talking about their tanks either. Such are the vicissitudes of the weapons game. Serious planning for the Stealth began a decade ago, just about the time the Red Army was rolling into Afghanistan. What followed was five years of almost unrelieved nastiness - the grain embargo, Olympic boycotts in 1980 and 1984, martial law in Poland, a snarling confrontation over medium-range missiles in Europe, the Soviet downing of a Korean airliner with a member of Congress aboard.
March 5, 1988 |
The Pentagon's supersecret Stealth bomber will cost more and do less than its champions have been suggesting during the last several years, according to recent comments by the nation's top military experts. Rep. Les Aspin (D., Wis.), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, said the Air Force's official price tag for the Stealth - now estimated at nearly $400 million apiece - is "probably unrealistic" and too low. And the Joint Chiefs of Staff, in their latest annual report on the state of the nation's defenses, pulled back from their earlier contention that the plane would be able to strike all movable Soviet targets.
July 20, 2005
IF FINDING a new U.S. Supreme Court justice is going to turn into a bloody football game, John Roberts looks like he'll be a very slippery football. Because President Bush's nominee is a veteran lawyer but only a rookie judge - he was appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit only two years ago - little is really known about Roberts' judicial philosophy. Getting a handle on him won't be easy. That's why its appropriate for the U.S. Senate to drill deep and hard into Roberts' mind.
October 16, 2005 |
Despite conservative cries of betrayal, President Bush is a man of his word. He has delivered on his promise of another Clarence Thomas. At the time of Thomas' nomination in 1991, his only obvious qualification was his success in breaking the glass ceiling blocking the ascent of his fellow blacks. He was a stealth candidate, whose views were known only to a chosen few within George H. W. Bush's administration, which sought to reassure right-wing activists that they were getting the real thing.
December 1, 1998
Gov. Ridge yesterday did the right thing by vetoing the so-called stealth legislation that could have authorized $175 million for new Pittsburgh sports stadiums. The problem was that few legislators knew that an obscure bill they approved last Wednesday exempted Pittsburgh's stadium funding from state debt restrictions - opening the door for the governor to approve Pittsburgh-only stadium debt. The governor - who is trying to deliver on his offer of a one-third state share of stadium costs in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia - fortunately agreed that was the wrong way to get the job done.
March 11, 1988 |
The supersecret Stealth bomber, designed to fly undetected by enemy radar, also will be hidden on the ground at its U.S. air base, according to Air Force budget documents. The documents, recently sent to Congress by the Air Force, report that 34 "covered aircraft facilities" will be built at Whiteman Air Force Base, 65 miles southeast of Kansas City, Mo., as part of the $200 million plan to station the Stealth there. Even when on alert, ready to take off on a moment's notice, the plane will be indoors, the documents said.