Wednesday, January 31, 2007

is everyone in washington an idiot?

CNN reports that the Pentagon has suspended the sales of spare parts from our recently retired F-14 Tomcat fleet, citing concerns that those spare parts could fall into the hands of Iran.

Problem is, the re's only one foreign customer that has ever taken delivery of the F-14, namely the (then) Imperial Iranian Air Force.

That's right, folks...the only F-14 Tomcats in the world that aren't U.S. Navy property, or in an aviation museum somewhere in the United States, are owned by the Iranians.

Now, it says that the Pentagon considered a large portion of these parts "general aviation", meaning they're not F-14-specific, but you have to wonder about the wisdom of putting spare parts onto the world market that require little to no duct-taping to make them fit into an Iranian Tomcat.

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