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Itís time to abolish the Air Force(Boston Globe Opinion piece)
Boston Globe ^ | 06 Jan 2014 | By James Carroll

Posted on 01/07/2014 6:17:54 AM PST by US Navy Vet

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: usaf; usairforce
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This is a "Food for Thought" discussion thread only and is NOT meant to disparage ANY United States Air Force Veterans!
1 posted on 01/07/2014 6:17:54 AM PST by US Navy Vet
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To: US Navy Vet

In my opinion the “National Security Act of 1947” AND “Goldwater-Nichols(1986)” have been DISASTERS for the Security of our “once-”great” Nation.


2 posted on 01/07/2014 6:22:07 AM PST by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: US Navy Vet

So, I guess U.S. air defense would be left up to citizens on the ground shooting up with their hunting rifles?


3 posted on 01/07/2014 6:22:12 AM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: US Navy Vet

It’s a stupid thought


4 posted on 01/07/2014 6:23:12 AM PST by svcw (Not 'hope and change' but 'dopes in chains')
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To: Timber Rattler

You EVER heard of the “United State ARMY Air Force”?!


5 posted on 01/07/2014 6:23:15 AM PST by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: US Navy Vet

Well, I remember my dad telling me he was in the Army Air Corps during WWII and then was transferred to the US Air Force in 1947.


6 posted on 01/07/2014 6:24:32 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: US Navy Vet
Once General LeMay and his type left the USAF, I believe the USAF as a military unit went downhill. The last ones left the USAF around the early 1980’s.
7 posted on 01/07/2014 6:25:31 AM PST by vetvetdoug
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To: US Navy Vet

No, I don’t think so. The reforms in both laws were absolutely necessary at the time based on hard experience (World War II, and then Vietnam and Grenada). Congressional meddling and social engineering is what has wrecked our military.


8 posted on 01/07/2014 6:25:47 AM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: US Navy Vet

Don’t forget the Patriot Act which cemented the American Police State.


9 posted on 01/07/2014 6:25:51 AM PST by RIghtwardHo
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To: US Navy Vet

It is fair enough and it worth a discussion.

The intra-service rivalries are very costly.


10 posted on 01/07/2014 6:25:56 AM PST by Ouderkirk (To the left, everything must evidence that this or that strand of leftist theory is true)
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I guess you could ask all those Iraqi Units on the highway to hell leading out of Kuwait about USAF as a military unit and being downhill and all. Oh! Wait, they’re all dead!


11 posted on 01/07/2014 6:27:24 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: US Navy Vet

Yes, I have, being a student on the subject, and it became USAAF instead of staying USAAC for a very good reason.


12 posted on 01/07/2014 6:27:26 AM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: US Navy Vet

I tend to agree with the author. You need ground to place an Air Force Base. To get that ground you need the Navy and the Army — both of which already have their own aircraft.

...but then again, I’m speaking as a Navy vet.


13 posted on 01/07/2014 6:30:07 AM PST by Magnatron
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To: US Navy Vet

Let’s just get rid of Air Force One.


14 posted on 01/07/2014 6:30:54 AM PST by Right Wing Assault
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I’ve read on it too, and combat units outside the US were still principally manned by AAC units during WWII under control of AAF hierarchy in the CONUS.


15 posted on 01/07/2014 6:33:10 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: Timber Rattler

1975 Thailand. Mayaguez Incident. Marines were flown in from Okinawa. The only helicopters were Air Force. When the attack came the Marine Captain told the Air Force Sargent where to land using Marine tactics.The AF Sargent told the marine to go F himself.


16 posted on 01/07/2014 6:33:43 AM PST by DIRTYSECRET (urope. Why do they put up with this.)
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To: US Navy Vet

I wouldn’t even read the article when I saw James Carroll had written it.

I gave up The Globe after many years because of writers like this guy.

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17 posted on 01/07/2014 6:34:20 AM PST by Mears
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“Let’s just get rid of Air Force One.”

But, but, how will Moochelle and Holder’s wife get back to DC from Oprah’s mansion in Hawaii?


18 posted on 01/07/2014 6:34:41 AM PST by KeyLargo
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To: US Navy Vet; Gaffer
You EVER heard of the “United State ARMY Air Force”?

Sure thing :)

728th squadron, 452nd heavy bombardment group -dad (pilot, B17)


19 posted on 01/07/2014 6:35:36 AM PST by bill1952 (Choice is an illusion created between those with power - and those without)
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To: Timber Rattler
Personally I think that the Army should have an air support wing and a naval support wing, the Navy should have an air support wing and a terrestrial support wing, the Air Force should have a naval support wing and a terrestrial support wing, and the Marines should have naval, terrestrial, and air support wings.

Also the Coast Guard needs men (and women) on land and in the air to support its charter.

We should also have Space Marines, and a Space Army, and a Space Navy because that would just be really cool.

And we also need to start thinking about a Moon Army, Moon Navy (gotta cover all of those dry seas on the Moon), Moon Airforce, and Moon Marines.

And its not too soon to start thinking about defending Mars from those who would take her away from us.

20 posted on 01/07/2014 6:37:04 AM PST by who_would_fardels_bear
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