OBTW: Obama cancelled key weapon systems used in Syria strikes

OBTW: Obama cancelled key weapon systems used in Syria strikes

A fact not loss on administration critics and military planners is that at least two key weapons programs cancelled by President Obama to much fanfare have proven central, even vital, to the American-led campaign to “degrade and destroy” the Islamic State and other terror targets inside Syria.

The first night’s assault wave against terror targets in Syria included the firing of at least 47 Tomahawk cruise missiles launched from the state-of-the-art Aegis class guided missile destroyer USS Arleigh; part of the George H.W. Bush carrier task force.

It was just last March that President Obama ordered the Defense Department to phase out new purchases of Tomahawk cruise missiles, forcing the Navy to relying upon only an ever-dwindling inventory, until the program ceases completely in 2016. …

Obama’s cancellation of the cruise missile program baffles defense analysts; given the Administration’s 2012 decision to dramatically shrink the size of U.S. Armed Forces to well below that required to “conduct large-scale, prolonged stability operations.” …

Obama’s decision to launch air assaults against Syrian-based terror targets necessitated the first use ever of the Air Force’s vaunted F-22 Raptor in combat conditions. The F-22 is the most capable fighter aircraft ever developed. …

Calling the program “an inexcusable waste of money”, Obama promised to cancel the F-22 program during his 2008 campaign for President and made good on that promise as part of his 2010 budget.

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