Friday, June 08, 2018
What's That Wobble? Oh, It's the Alignment.
When your car's steering gets wobbly it's time to get it into the shop and have it re-aligned.
Maybe it's time Canada did something along those lines. No, not just countervailing tariffs against American goods, something more significant. Perhaps we need to re-align our foreign and military policy.
Here's a good way to start. Let's order a new fighter jet for the Royal Canadian Air Force. Not the Lockheed F-35. Not even Boeing's F-18 Super Hornet. Let's go with the Swedish SAAB Gripen.
It's powerful, capable and, relatively speaking, affordable. Did I mention it's also Swedish?
With the Gripen we can still be America's loyal ally in North American air defence and we can meet our NATO obligations. What we couldn't be is a member of America's Aerial Foreign Legion. To get into that you have to buy the F-35 not so stealthy bomb truck. Unless you think Canada should be part of a first strike attack on China or Russia we really don't need the overpriced, under-performing F-35. And after Boeing's mugging of Bombardier we don't need them either.