Defence Minister Brendan Nelson says the move is a stop-gap measure due to delays in the development of the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program.As one wag in the Comments at ABC online says:
All of the statements made in public by the Government, the RAAF and the JSF manufacturer Lockheed Martin continue to insist that the Joint Strike Fighters will be delivered on time and on budget. Either that is not actually the case and the JSF is having problems, or we have rushed into a backup plan costing almost 50 per cent of the main plan for no compelling reason.
Seems to me that Howard knows he is on the way out and has cut a last minute deal with his Yankee mates, one wonders how big the kickbacks are on a deal of this size.Sounds about right to me. The post-WWII USA is built on a war economy, and Australia under Howard is being subsumed into that economic and political model. How long before a former Halliburton, Lockheed or Bechtel employee becomes Aussie PM?
Johnny and the Jerkoff's unofficial retirement fund.