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The US Air Force orders more C-27J small transport planes…..

At least they are going ahead with the program…

I still think the Army should flying the things like the orignal plan…

But that’s another slight from Gates……..

Anyways…..

Congress has authorized the money so the Air Force has placed the order for more planes

Alenia North America, a unit of Italy’s Finmeccanica, has received a $319 million order from the U.S. Air Force for eight C-27J tactical transport aircraft, bringing to 21 to total number now ordered by the U.S. Air Force and Army.

The aircraft will be delivered during 2012 to L-3, Finmeccanica’s partner on the program, Finmeccanica said in a statement. The 21 aircraft now ordered by the U.S. are worth $812 million, the firm added.

More…..

Update…..

The Dog has done some research …….

Interesting…..

When the Army gave up the C-27J…….They made a deal…..

The deal was the Air Force gets the aircraft…..

BUT…..

Dig this…..

The Air Force Operational Unit will be assigned and subordinate to the Army!

In another words…..

The Unit is Air Force drivers and staff…..

But their Operational bosses are ARMY…..

From the US Army

What continued efforts does Army Aviation have planned for the future?

The future of the C-27J is to rapidly field and deploy the aircraft and its crews as they become available for deployment. The limiting factor for the next few years will be class throughput for training both pilots and loadmasters and the production of new aircraft. The Army Chief of Staff has directed that all roles and missions dealing with the movement of cargo via fixed-wing aircraft be handled by the Air Force, therefore a plan is being developed to limit or divest the remaining cargo carrying capability of Army fixed-wing aviation. The Air Force is on board to support the Army so no future gap exists by utilizing a “Platform Neutral” concept. In layman term’s, they will support the Army with whatever asset they deem appropriate, i.e., C-130, C-27J, etc., in the previously mentioned CAB structure.

Why is this important to the Army and Army Aviation?

By transferring the C-27J from the Army and Army Aviation and developing a plan to limit and/or divest the remaining cargo assets, the Army can save money in both procurement and operating costs that can go to other programs deemed in-line with Army roles and missions. Army Aviation has the opportunity to employ true joint operations with the embedding of the Air Force C-27J unit into an Army Aviation unit. This will be a continual relationship and foster a cohesive support mechanism to the ground commander, utilizing all available aviation assets to “get the job done.” As events have shown, the ability to move what needs to be moved, where it needs to be, in a timely manner, are essential. It doesn’t matter if we are talking about war, natural disasters, humanitarian relief or homeland security. An integrated aviation lift capability will go a long way in providing the necessary tools to the commander, Army Aviation, and the United States Army.

Update #2…..Where ya going put the C-27J’s?……And are there going to be more?……Will the Coast Guard get some?

Do they go oversea’s WHERE THE ARMY ORIGNALLY SAID THEY NEEDED THEM?

Debate regarding addition of the Joint Cargo Aircraft (JCA) to the military’s inventory has spanned numerous years, and the program has endured many revisions. Envisioned as a short-haul asset designed to deliver supplies the “last tactical mile,” the JCA morphed from a joint aircraft into an Air Force–only platform that will reside solely in the Air National Guard (ANG) as the C-27J..1 Its assignment to ANG units makes it a dual-role aircraft, used to support civil authorities in domestic crises in addition to fulfilling its combat role.

The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010 (Public Law 111-84, 28 October 2009) included funding for the Air Force to purchase the first eight of a proposed 38 C-27J aircraft for the ANG..2 Despite debate about the “correct” total number of C-27Js to procure after this modest start, a larger issue remains: where will we base these aircraft, and how will the C-27J support its nascent homeland security mission?

Congress has weighed in on these issues with questions regarding beddowns and funding but has given only passing recognition of the C-27J’s potential homeland security role. In separate reports to be attached to their versions of the FY 10 National Defense Authorization Act, both the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) and the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) directed the National Guard and Air Force to report on a C-27J basing plan within 120 days of the act’s passage. The HASC’s report contained concerns about the 12 C-27J beddowns previously earmarked for the Army National Guard and urged the Air Force to consider those locations for future C-27J basing. Language in the SASC report left the door open for additional C-27J purchases, referring to the currently budgeted number of 38 aircraft as a “floor” rather than a “ceiling.” The SASC report also notes that any study regarding intratheater airlift must also give “due consideration” to the contribution of these systems to the homeland security mission.3 Concerns remain about whether 38 C-27Js represent a sufficient number for performing missions proposed for the aircraft.4 In a letter of 11 June 2009 to the chairmen and ranking members of both the HASC and SASC, the Adjutants General Association supported “fully funding 78 aircraft for the JCA program,” stating that doing so would “provide a critical capability to state emergency management and homeland security missions.”5 Regardless of the correct number of C-27Js, the aircraft seem destined to play a role in the burgeoning partnership between the Department of Defense (DOD) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

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June 9, 2010 Posted by | Aircraft, Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Military, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Projections, Travel, Updates | , , , | Leave a comment

The Air Force tests the X-51 Waverider….. which did a cool 3,500 MPH!

The Hypersonic X-51 Waverider, a Scramjet test aircraft was dropped from a B-52 and fired up for a 200 seconds (3.33 minute ) flight before ditching in the Pacific Ocean…..

An aircraft resembling a large bodyboard detached from a flying B-52 bomber and then shot across the Pacific on Wednesday at more than 3,500 mph, shattering aviation records and reigniting decades-long efforts to develop a vehicle that could travel faster than a speeding bullet.

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The unmanned X-51 WaveRider, powered by an air-breathing hypersonic engine that has virtually no moving parts, was launched midair off the coast near Point Mugu. It sped westward for 200 seconds before plunging into the ocean as planned. Previous attempts at hypersonic flights lasted no more than 10 seconds.

“Everything went very well for a first flight,” said Charlie Brink, the X-51 program manager for the Air Force. “For things to go off the way they did, we’re confident this technology has a bright future.”

Since the 1960s, the Air Force has been flirting with hypersonic technology, which can propel vehicles at a velocity that cannot be achieved from traditional turbine-powered jet engines.

But the technology has been exceedingly difficult to perfect. Previous attempts produced very limited results including flights that lasted only a few seconds, said Peter Wilson, senior defense analyst with Rand Corp.

It has held great promise, however. A passenger aircraft powered by hypersonic engines could fly from Los Angeles to New York in 30 minutes. It also could travel faster than existing cruise missiles.

With the technology, the military could strike anywhere on planet within an hour or less, said John Pike, director of Globalsecurity.org, a website for military policy research.

“The WaveRider represents a major change that could have big implications on today’s weapon systems,” he said. “It can travel great distances at remarkable speeds, showing potential for a long-range cruise missile.”

The aircraft is being developed for the Air Force by engineers at Boeing Co.’s Phantom Works research center in Long Beach and Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne in Canoga Park. The vehicle has been undergoing tests at Edwards Air Force Base.

“This is truly transformational technology,” Brink said. “This engine can be considered the next step in aviation. It’s as big of leap as it was when we went from propellers to jet engines.”

Like many other test flights of new aircraft, the WaveRider was launched from a B-52 flying at 50,000 feet after it had been carried aloft attached to the bomber’s wing.

About 9 a.m. Wednesday, the WaveRider detached from the wing, falling for about four seconds before its booster rocket engine ignited and propelled the WaveRider to more than 70,000 feet. It then separated from the booster and sped across the sky reaching 3,500 mph.

Although the launch was considered successful, it did not reach a goal that the Air Force had set. It was hoping for the plane to reach 4,200 mph and fly for five minutes.

“We fell a little bit short, but this was the first one out of the gate,” Brink said. “We still have three more of these vehicles to work the kinks out.”

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I wonder if it broke  the Aurora speed record?

May 27, 2010 Posted by | Aircraft, Breaking News, Government, Military, PoliticalDog Calls, Updates | , , , , | Leave a comment

Boeing threatens to NOT bid on thr Aerial Tanker contract…Are they serious?

[ The Boeing 767 based Aerial Tanker in Italian Air Force colors ]

I wouldn’t think so…….

The Dog see’s this as a chess move….

They are complaining about Airbus subsidies…..

Airbus IS supported by the French, British, German and Italian countries…..

That’s fact….

It isn’t gonna change anytime soon in this economic atmosphere…

But lets be fair here…

The United States government goes to bat for Boeing  with tax credits and reserach…..and provides subsidies for countries that buy American Defense products…..

WTF?

The Dog still does not understand why PRESIDENT OBAMA doesn’t over-rule Defense Secretary Gates and cut a duel award contract deal????

It is a win-win solution to a big problem….

Boeing wins with a smaller tanker…

Airbus wins with a larger tanker….

The state of Washington winds with a order for airplanes…

The state of Alabama wins with an order for airplanes….

The Europeans are happy the American brought their plane…

And the Air Force finally will get a replacement ‘short ‘ tanker and ‘bridge’ tanker…..

JUST LIKE THEY HAVE NOW……(KC-135 and the KC-10 )….

WHAT IS HOLDING THEM UP????

TELL GATES HE WORKS THE PRESIDENT…..IT’S NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND!!!

Boeing is considering not bidding for the U.S. Air Force’s KC-X tanker contract, a company source said May 14.

That would leave Europe’s EADS – which earlier this year had threatened its own pullout – as the sole bidder for the multibillion-dollar prize.

CEO Jim McNerney and other executives are privately debating whether their company can even win, much less make a profit, on the fixed-price contract, one senior Boeing executive said.

“Is it conceivable that we wouldn’t bid?” the executive said. “We are proud of the fleet and want it to win the contract so the Air Force keeps flying our planes. Your heart says you have to be part of it, but a CEO’s job is to make sure that the heart doesn’t make a decision the head can’t live with.”

Boeing spokesman Damien Mills insisted May 13 that the firm will bid.

But Boeing supporters have long complained that illegal subsidies would lower EADS’ bid price, and company officials have said for several weeks that the Pentagon appears to have shifted requirements to favor the European firm.

Earlier this year, DoD officials – eager to avoid a sole-source award to Boeing in the wake of Northrop Grumman’s withdrawal – delayed the bidding deadline 60 days to allow EADS to bid. DoD also allowed the European firm to enter the contest without a U.S. firm as a partner.

Pentagon officials say they have changed neither the requirements nor the way the bids will be evaluated.

“Jim doesn’t want to be in a position that we are going to bid a losing bid,” the Boeing executive said. “It gets difficult when you’re dealing with a competitor who has flat-out said on several occasions that they’re going to underbid us. How can they do that if the list price of their plane is higher than the list on our plane? Because they are subsidized and we’re a for-profit company, so the question we’re asking is: How do we compete against four governments?”

The average cost of a Boeing 767-200ER is $133 million, of an Airbus A330-200F, $194.8 million, according to Teal Group aviation analyst Richard Aboulafia.

The executive said Boeing has not arrived at a decision. He said raising the prospect of sitting out was not a negotiating tactic. ( BULL S*#T)

………..

Boeing executives and its supporters say Airbus, which has garnered more than half of the commercial jet market in recent years, has been powered by nearly $200 billion in subsidies over four decades. The World Trade Organization recently resolved a 2009 lawsuit filed by the U.S. government, finding Airbus guilty of using illegal subsidies to win contracts with predatory pricing. Europe has countersued, claiming Boeing benefits from research and development tax credits.

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May 14, 2010 Posted by | Aircraft, Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, Military, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, The Economy, Updates | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Two days to a X-37B launch……Update….The launch will be delayed till Thursday….

The US Air Force is getting ready to launch it’s own unmanned mini shuttle in a few days….

BDog has been kind enough to send us a couple of links……..

An Atlas booster is poised to hurl from Florida the reusable X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle into space — now projected to be an April 21 launch.

The X-37B orbital space plane, essentially a mini-shuttle, will be placed into Earth orbit and loiter in space for an unspecified period of time. It will then reenter for an auto-pilot landing at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, or at neighboring Edwards Air Force Base as back-up.

Not much else is known.

It’s a tight-lipped affair, with its builder — Boeing Phantom Works — pledged to retain vocal silence on the flight — advising this reporter here that they “defer to the customer” — the Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office.

Some new details about the X-37B space plane have been made available, provided by Angie Blair, an Air Force spokeswoman for the project during this week’s 26th National Space Symposium held here. [Graphic: How the X-37B Spacecraft Works.]

Control center

The X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV) is capable of supporting a flexible range of experiments, Blair said. “The first mission will emphasize proving technologies necessary for long duration reusable space vehicles with autonomous reentry and landing capabilities.”

“It’s a developmental effort,” Blair said, and it’s standard practice with many Department of Defense development efforts, “specific details of the OTV capabilities, limitations and vulnerabilities” are classified.

Once launched, the X-37B is designed for space missions of up to 270 days, Blair advised, if everything goes as planned. The space plane was designed for low earth orbits, ranging from 110 to 500 nautical miles, she told SPACE.com.

All that being said, exactly where the vehicle’s mission control center is located remains classified.

Bullshit…..Here’s the control unit and their location…..

The United States Air Force‘s 3d Space Experimentation Squadron (3 SES) is a space control unit located at Schriever AFB, Colorado.

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Update.….The Launch will be delayed till Thursday to not interfear with the Space Shuttle  Discovery’s return to earth…..

The shuttle Discovery and a crew of seven astronauts were scheduled to land Monday morning at the Kennedy Space Center, but were thwarted by low clouds and rain at the NASA spaceport. The space agency will try again early Tuesday.

It’s not the first delay this month for the X-37B spacecraft.

Air Force officials originally planned to launch the space plane Monday evening. They delayed the mission last week when NASA extended Discovery’s current spaceflight by one day, making the shuttle’s planned landing the same day.

Typically, two days between shuttle landings and rocket launches are required in order to reset the Eastern Range, which NASA shares with the nearby Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, for new space missions.

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April 19, 2010 Posted by | Aircraft, Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Media, Military, Other Things, Space, Updates | , | Leave a comment

The X-37B……The Air Force moves into the post Space Shuttle mode….

The Space Shuttle Program is winding down……

President Obama will not extend the aircraft…….

The Air Force it seems is concerned that they will not have a space truck to make delieveries….so they have dragged out a old program almost cancelled when the shuttle started doing its work…..The X-37B…….

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This spaceplane looks surprising like the Shuttle , right?

Well …….I would assume that the Air Force wants this to be able hoist up their satellites and other stuff …..which was the deal the original Shuttle program used to continue its funding……

The ultimate purpose of the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle and details about the craft, which has been passed between several government agencies, however, remain a mystery as it is prepared for launch April 19 from Cape Canaveral, Fla.

“As long as you’re confused you’re in good shape,” said defense analyst John Pike, director of Globalsecurity.org. “I looked into this a couple of years ago — the entire sort of hypersonic, suborbital, scramjet nest of programs — of which there are upwards of a dozen. The more I studied it the less I understood it.”

The quietly scheduled launch culminates the project’s long and expensive journey from NASA to the Pentagon’s research and development arm and then to a secretive Air Force unit.

Hundreds of millions of dollars have been spent on the X-37 program, but the current total has not been released.

The launch date, landing sites and a fact sheet were released by Air Force spokeswoman Maj. Angie I. Blair. She said more information would be released soon, but questions on cost and other matters submitted by e-mail weren’t answered by Friday.

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This is a repost……from April 4th…..The Aircraft was mentioned on MSNBC today…..

An addition pice from usatoday on a launch of the aircraft.…..ah, Spacecraft…..

From: http://www.usatoday.com/tech/science/columnist/vergano/2010-04-09-space-plane_N.htm

April 12, 2010 Posted by | Aircraft, Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Media, Military, PoliticalDog Calls, Space, Travel, Updates | , , , , | 6 Comments

The Army needs to get few ‘old and slow’ fighter aircraft…..and Obama needs to man-up and order Gates to stop screwing the Army……

The Dog has just finished reading a piece in Politics Daily…..

“The thing that really holds us back is ‘loiter time,”’ Air Force Lt. Col. Doug “Cinqo” DeMaio told me. He’s an F-16 pilot and fighter squadron commander, and by “loiter” he meant the amount of time he can idle in the sky waiting for an urgent request from the ground. “We end up dong a lot of yo-yo ops,” he said — zooming away to rendezvous with a tanker and zooming back to be on call.

With anger and frustration mounting for both airmen and infantry, it seems relevant to ask why the Air Force doesn’t reach back to a solution that worked decades ago.

During the Vietnam War, the Air Force sent into battle several different models of low-cost, low-altitude, low-speed airplanes designed to float over the battlefield, help coordinate the ground troops, and occasionally attack the enemy. The grunts and pilots sometimes called them, admiringly, “mud fighters.”

These planes, among them the OV-10 and the A-1 Skyraider, could loiter for hours over the battlefield, working closely with the ground commander and sometimes even landing nearby so the pilot and infantrymen could bend over a map and plan in detail — a benefit not easily available to today’s jets that streak in from afar.

More……..

The author spend the first two-thirds of the piece explaining how the Air Force should have piston type aircraft flying low cover for the troops on Afghanistan…..

He supplys good reasons to add the old  and slow WW II type aircraft with bombs and rockets and a gun to hang around and supply constant air cover……

As I’m reading the linked piece I begin to smile and shake my head…..

Is this f*#king kidding me?????

The United States Air Force has and exhaustive taste for fast-moving, ‘sexy’ aircraft…..

They ain’t gonna bite for a Slow and Ugly single seated ‘crop duster……

Nope….No Way….

So when the author gets to that part towards the end of the piece the Dog goes back to a Post he wrote a few months ago…..

Namely…..

The Army is getting screwed…..

Now they are getting ‘the finger’ from the Air Force again…..

Gates who I have admired from the jump is looking worst to me everyday……

First he takes the C-27J from the Army….

Then he does the Marine One debacle…..

Now he does stand up again and let the Army drive a new or old close air support aircraft…..

Yep you heard me…..

Secretary Gates stop screwing the US ARMY!

Let them …like the Marines…..Take care of their own….

Give them back the inter- theater mini cargo turbo prop C-27J…..

and Give then….not the dam Air Force…and ‘old slow’ and cheap close support aircraft….

Let the Air Force keep their jets…

As a matter of fact…… for the price of two F-35’s …..The army could have about Five squads of old WWII types birds or Three squads of one the new FOREIGN made close support aircraft!

[ Pictured here is the EMB-314 ….a modern day close support aircraft..piston driven…..]

But the Dog has lost his faith in Gates who seems to forgotten the speech he game to commanders a year ago about taking care of the troops…..

And The Commander – in – Chief needs to ‘man-up’ and make this right…even if he’s got tell Gates to get ‘his stuff’ together……

Nuff said………



April 10, 2010 Posted by | Aircraft, Counterpoints, Government, Law, Media, Men, Military, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Travel, Updates, Women | , , , , | 1 Comment

The Army needs to get few 'old and slow' fighter aircraft…..and Obama needs to man-up and order Gates to stop screwing the Army……

The Dog has just finished reading a piece in Politics Daily…..

“The thing that really holds us back is ‘loiter time,”’ Air Force Lt. Col. Doug “Cinqo” DeMaio told me. He’s an F-16 pilot and fighter squadron commander, and by “loiter” he meant the amount of time he can idle in the sky waiting for an urgent request from the ground. “We end up dong a lot of yo-yo ops,” he said — zooming away to rendezvous with a tanker and zooming back to be on call.

With anger and frustration mounting for both airmen and infantry, it seems relevant to ask why the Air Force doesn’t reach back to a solution that worked decades ago.

During the Vietnam War, the Air Force sent into battle several different models of low-cost, low-altitude, low-speed airplanes designed to float over the battlefield, help coordinate the ground troops, and occasionally attack the enemy. The grunts and pilots sometimes called them, admiringly, “mud fighters.”

These planes, among them the OV-10 and the A-1 Skyraider, could loiter for hours over the battlefield, working closely with the ground commander and sometimes even landing nearby so the pilot and infantrymen could bend over a map and plan in detail — a benefit not easily available to today’s jets that streak in from afar.

More……..

The author spend the first two-thirds of the piece explaining how the Air Force should have piston type aircraft flying low cover for the troops on Afghanistan…..

He supplys good reasons to add the old  and slow WW II type aircraft with bombs and rockets and a gun to hang around and supply constant air cover……

As I’m reading the linked piece I begin to smile and shake my head…..

Is this f*#king kidding me?????

The United States Air Force has and exhaustive taste for fast-moving, ‘sexy’ aircraft…..

They ain’t gonna bite for a Slow and Ugly single seated ‘crop duster……

Nope….No Way….

So when the author gets to that part towards the end of the piece the Dog goes back to a Post he wrote a few months ago…..

Namely…..

The Army is getting screwed…..

Now they are getting ‘the finger’ from the Air Force again…..

Gates who I have admired from the jump is looking worst to me everyday……

First he takes the C-27J from the Army….

Then he does the Marine One debacle…..

Now he does stand up again and let the Army drive a new or old close air support aircraft…..

Yep you heard me…..

Secretary Gates stop screwing the US ARMY!

Let them …like the Marines…..Take care of their own….

Give them back the inter- theater mini cargo turbo prop C-27J…..

and Give then….not the dam Air Force…and ‘old slow’ and cheap close support aircraft….

Let the Air Force keep their jets…

As a matter of fact…… for the price of two F-35’s …..The army could have about Five squads of old WWII types birds or Three squads of one the new FOREIGN made close support aircraft!

[ Pictured here is the EMB-314 ….a modern day close support aircraft..piston driven…..]

But the Dog has lost his faith in Gates who seems to forgotten the speech he game to commanders a year ago about taking care of the troops…..

And The Commander – in – Chief needs to ‘man-up’ and make this right…even if he’s got tell Gates to get ‘his stuff’ together……

Nuff said………



April 10, 2010 Posted by | Aircraft, Counterpoints, Government, Law, Media, Men, Military, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Travel, Updates, Women | , , , , | 1 Comment

The Middle East…..To turn the cheek…or to use the iron fist?

I’m kinda surprised that someone wrote this piece…..It is about the fact that the Israeli’s operate on two levels in dealing with their problem neibhbors’s…diplomatically and practically……in most cases the practical gets results…….

They may not be pretty…but contrary to the ‘Obama Doctrine’ of compromise and reconciliation, the Israeli’s use force as a last resort……..and it works………

In the example of the Palestinians…….they talked and talked…..nowhere… just bombings…………then Israel erected a wall and mercilessly went after the leaders of the ‘holy war’…… hit teams, drones, and surgical strikes by fighters and helo’s……results?……things have never been quieter……

In the example of Syria and nuclear technologly……..They talked and threatened……nowhere……then Israel launched a fighter jet strike to out the site…….

In the example of continual problems with Hezbollah and their association with Iran in Lebanon and the Palestinians area’s……After watching things happen to their people and their attacks…Israeli agents went after, and assassinated, Imad Mugniyah, a top military planner for Hezbollah with Iranian backing…as a message…things immediately quieted down……….

The latest problem for Israel (and the entire Middle East) is Iran’s pursuit of nuclear technology to create a bomb…….Make no mistake …contrary to Obama’s hopes…Iran is stalling to buy time for its pursuit for entrée into the world’s nuclear weapon club…..And most Iranians in the street may hate their President but they are for having a bomb……..

I agree with Mr Bronner’s analysis….I have so since the beginning of the summer, when I learned that the Israeli’s had already asked President Bush (he refused) for aerial refueling tankers and the IFF codes from the US Air Force so that US fighters would not mistake Israeli Defense Force fighters on their mission into Iran to attack nuclear targets.

Folks……. I see the practical method coming to the Iranian nuclear problem……whether the Israeli’s get Obama’s ok..or they having to figure a way around it……

Because I see Iran as intent on getting a bomb…and no amount of talking will stop them…….

Only an ‘iron fist’……….

October 19, 2009 Posted by | Military, Politics | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment