With all the debate over the recent Air Force tanker decision, one question I have yet to see raised in a serious way is, “Are these tankers a necessary component to our national security?”
It seems to me that the idea of a military tanker aircraft is to impose our will in distant lands, something we have had no problems with whatsoever over the last decade and longer. Should the American taxpayer continue funding weapon systems that have very little relation to national security and will certainly be used in wars that are unpopular due to their aggressive nature? The fact that the debate has been reduced to bickering over what language the people who build these weapons will speak is in my eyes a victory in itself for the military industrial complex and, by proxy, the politicians whose campaigns they finance.
The American public needs to stop accepting these military expenditures at face value and start scrutinizing each dollar spent on weapons the way they scrutinize every dollar spent on education, health care and national infrastructure.