Jan 10, 2023: Biden Classified Docs - Canada's 88 F-35s

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Posted: Jan 10, 2023   9:56:27 AM   |
by Pascal-Denis Lussier

Did Biden Pull a Trump, or Vice Versa?

Dark Demented BidenAlmost three months after the FBI's raid on former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago residence, which resulted in the discovery of classified documents leading to widescale indignation and calls of 'Trump the spy' by Dem supporters, it would appear that "[a] number of government documents marked classified were found this fall by lawyers for President Joe Biden in a closet in a Washington, D.C., office used by Biden when he was a private citizen."

The Department of Justice and the National Archives and Records Administration are currently reviewing the matter, trying to determine the exact circumstances that led to those documents being left in an allegedly locked closet in a "Washington, DC, think tank office used by Biden when he was a private citizens," according to Richard Sauber, special counsel to Biden.

Sauber states that the documents were found at the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Engagement on 2-Nov-2022. The batch of records has been described by the liberal press as containing only a "small number" of classified records, while the same reports found a way to specify that Trump had left with more than 100 classified documents and hundreds more records, reminding everyone that "Trump still could face criminal prosecution if the DOJ finds he likely broke the law by removing all of the records from the White House," pointing out that "[b]y law, government records must be given to the National Archives when a president or officials in their administration leave office."

Meanwhile, "Trump is the focus of a criminal probe by the DOJ for his removal of the records from the White House when he left office in January 2021."

Recall Biden's "60 Minutes" appearance in September and his comment in light of the documents found at Mar-al-Lago: "How that could possibly happen? How anyone could be that irresponsible?" Biden had asked, dismayed. "Totally irresponsible."

A statement prepared by Sauber and provided by the White House on Monday indicates that "[t]he documents were discovered when the President's personal attorneys were packing files housed in a locked closet to prepare to vacate office space at the" center." Sauber added, "[t]he President periodically used this space from mid-2017 until the start of the 2020 campaign," Sauber said.

The Penn Biden Center officially opened its doors on 8-Feb-2018; on 20-Jan-2017, Biden was no longer in office, his VP role handed to Mike Pence.

It's not clear whether Biden occupied his office prior to 8-Feb-2018, which makes one wonder where the documents were "housed" for the year and three weeks in between his leaving the White House and the center's opening. Notice that Sauber, while also referring to the Penn Biden Center by name, had initially referred to it as a DC "think tank office."

Country: USA     Tags: Joe BidenDOJ

Long Time for Wrong Decision? Canada Purchases 88 F-35s

“As our world grows darker, with Russia’s illegal and unjustifiable invasion of Ukraine, and China’s increasingly assertive behaviour in the Indo-Pacific, this project has taken on heightened significance, especially given the importance of interoperability with our allies,” Canadian Defence Minister Anita Anand said in a press conference held Monday morning.

“The F-35 is a modern, reliable and agile fighter aircraft used by our closest allies in missions across the globe,” Anand said.  “It is the most advanced fighter on the market, and it’s the right aircraft for our country.”

The decision to replace Canada's aging CF-18s with Lockheed-Martin's F-35 stealth fighters was confirmed in May of 2022 and the officially deal was finally announced today. This all comes seven years after the Liberals had rejected the fighter as a viable replacement, announcing that they'd never touch it.

“This investment is estimated at $19 billion, making it the largest investment in our Royal Canadian Air Force in 30 years,” claimed Anand.

However, the entire program, from training technical staff to pilots to all the required costs relating to maintenance (repair docks, special tools, parts warehouse, etc) is estimated to be around CDN$70 billion.

The purchase is in tranches, with the first batch of 16 due by 2028, the first four are to be delivered in 2026.

During a technical briefing held on Monday, a senior government official stated that the problems plaguing the F-35 are now history.

Typically governmental, I suppose, as that's a lie.

I can't say that it's still the same, but once was a time when I could tell a Panavia Tornado from an F-16, F-15, CF-5, or most other plane just by seeing one wheel or an aileron, nothing else, and I almost peed myself seeing a Canadair CF-104 Starfighter pull a 7-g turn, and tears rolled down my cheeks as I watched, finally, an F-101 Voodoo out of retirement and doing a flyby, or there was the time with the Avro Vulcan, or the Mig-15... "Planes" and "fetish" describes me well, up to my mid-twenties or so. I'd wanted to be a fighter pilot, but something happened that left me deeply disgusted with the whole military structure and machine, a sentiment that's only deepened since.

That said, albeit the advance of technology, there are aspects of a certain baggage that may become dull if not sharpened over too long a period but whose core remains nonetheless, hence why my ears appeared to perk up and my brain absorbed info despite no real attention having been given to the matter, which is the only way I can explain my reaction to the news, which was amply confirmed by the trusted sources I then verified.

It's a really bad purchase, and this isn't just the anti-war me that's speaking.

So far, at least 780 units have been delivered to the US and allied forces; the UK, Israel, and Australia — from which Canada managed to negotiate their "surplus" F-18s — have each received at least a dozen F-35s, as well as Denmark, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, and South Korea have all received delivery of units. Finns, Belgians, Germans, Poles, and the Swiss are awaiting the first delivery of their units on order. Canada is last in line, and now slated to receive the first four units one year behind the original 2025 plan.

The total number of F-35s produced thus far since 2006 — officially at 890 — is more than half of the 1,480 F-18s produced in its 26-year run and far from the total number of F-35s that Lockheed Martin, along with its primary partners, Northrop Grumman and BAE Systems, are committing to produce through to 2044; the US alone has planned to buy 2,456 units.

And while, having bought General Dynamics' aircraft manufacturing branch, Lockheed Martin has resumed production of the F-16 in 2019 after a two-year hiatus, the US no longer purchases this model. Given all else slated for retirement, the US forces seem to be counting on the F-35 to fill in for the vast majority of roles previously covered by several jets, Lockheed Martin offering conventional landing, short-take-off-and-landing, and carrier variants, as well as the latest stealth, electronic warfare, and recon tech and toys.

Indeed, on paper, progress having snowballed in some respects, the F-35 looks even better than I could have imagined; it does it all.

And there's the problem. Pushing the role capabilities of the F-35 to make it the multirole combat aircraft that's able to handle any known potential scenario — with a high emphasis placed on NATO needs, member countries being significant investors in the project — came as an afterthought and not a planned end product, resulting in a patchwork of slapped-on technologies meant to function as one system, but performs exactly like one would expect a patchwork of slapped-on technologies to perform: in a very glitchy manner.

And, unlike other problems that emerged as the result of specific training regimens and varying local climates, not only has the F-35 not been in service long enough in a mix of countries to present such issues, the problems related to this fighter have appeared across all users and in sufficient numbers to warrant labeling it a "premature release" or a "lemon"; the fighters have already developed a reputation for being "fragile" and prone to be in the shop.

In April 2022, the US Government Accountability Office reported that there "are still hundreds of problems left to solve on the aircraft, and companies are redesigning and replacing equipment on the planes that have already been delivered," hence more delays in operational testing being required before "full-rate production of the F-35 can begin." It's been in production since 2006.

"The more aircraft produced and delivered prior to resolving deficiencies, the greater the likelihood that the program will have to retrofit aircraft, at the expense of the government,” the Government Accountability Office report stated.

F-35 joint program executive officer, US Lt.-Gen. Eric Flick, has remarked that the advanced technology with which the aircraft is equipped is extremely expensive and that this has contributed to the ongoing issues seen.

Yet, Anand told Canadians on Monday, “It is a very mature fighter jet now with better performance than it previously had.”

From a "No F-35" Trudeau government electoral campaign in 2015 to presenting the deal with morals normally witnessed from used-car salespersons... what gives?

Going back to that very neocon-ish description of the current times that opened this section says it all. Unfortunately, in that whole affair, living under fictitious bogeymen sparked to life by Western greed and idiocy, Canada is no better; I criticize the US because they're leading the charge, and it makes more sense to go after the people leading the poodle, not the other way around.

Country: Canada     Tags: RCAF, F-35

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