Allen West “Are we stuck on stupid?”


Written by Allen West

Despite the fact that China is engaging in a deliberate military expansion, and the fact that tensions are rising between it and Japan, our ally, over disputed territory and the fact our nation has endured numerous cyber attacks from China, the Pentagon has apparently decided to waive laws banning Chinese-built components on US weapons in order to continue purchasing $2 magnets used in the production of F-35 aircraft.

You might recall back during the Hurricane Katrina disaster, US Army Lieutenant General Russ Honore was called in to take charge of the situation. His initial assessment was summed up in the statement, “City Hall is stuck on stupid” — a commonly used expression in the military. I assure you General Honore would say the same about his development.

According to an exclusive report by Reuters,

Chief U.S. arms buyer Frank Kendall allowed two F-35 suppliers, Northrop Grumman Corp and Honeywell International Inc, to use Chinese magnets for the new warplane’s radar system, landing gears and other hardware. The waivers apply to inexpensive parts, including $2 magnets, installed on 115 F-35 test, training and production aircraft, the last of which are due to be delivered in May 2014.


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