Uncle Obama isn't the only one with a state of the art fighter jet under development. Take a look at the new photos of the secret Chinese J-20.
Would China sell us some of these? It's a fair question. The real benefit to asking it is to make our traditional suppliers think twice about playing monopoly-like price games with our defense needs. Perhaps we could just buy the J-20 fuselage and custom fit our own electronics and engines into it?
I'm glad there is new debate around the F-35 purchase. It was a purchase made by a previous Liberal government without and open bid. In reality there was a competition but it was for a NATO Joint strike fighter. It looked great on paper. We are supposed to get an advanced fighter at a great price thanks to economies of scale. A real work horse.
I wasn't opposed to the fighter purchase when it was declared and I haven't been opposed to it before. It looks like the terms have changed however. I'm still not opposed in fact, but that doesn't mean I can't change my mind. The Government has the right to change its mind. It should reconsider when the manufacturer changes the particulars of what was originally agreed to.
This is beyond politics. This is the national interest. Some will try to make political hay out of it. Let them. "Now you say this but before you said that!" As if what the government has to say is the only variable. Only a fool would deliberately make a mistake to avoid unfair criticism from a hostile opposition.
Give it some serious thought by all means. What conditions need to be met before cancelling? What are the alternatives and how much will they cost? Are there any new alternatives?