Northern Reflections: The Flying Edsel

Lately, Michael Harris has turned his sights on military equipment — its sale and purchase. When it comes to those Saudi armored vehicles, he says, there’s a skunk in the woodpile. And a familiar stench is beginning to arise — again — over the F-35. Over at the Ministry of Defense,  the word is that ...

Northern Reflections: The F-35 By Any Means

                                                 http://leaksource.info/ We learned late last week the the Harper government has ordered four F-35’s. Michael Harris writes: According to a Canadian Press story by Murray Brewster based on a Pentagon leak, the Harper government plans to buy four F-35s and slip the acquisition into the current fiscal year. In order to get the controversial ...

Northern Reflections: Refusing To Follow The American Model

                                                            http://www.veteranstoday.com/ From the start, the F-35 was a testosterone fuelled dream. Jonathan Manthorpe writes: The F-35 concept was born of fantasy fertilized by hubris. The ...

Northern Reflections: How Not To Buy An Airplane

David Olive writes that the F-35 fiasco is a case study in how to bungle a military purchase: If anything’s to be gained from the monumental botch that is the costliest and most multi-functional military aircraft project ever attempted, the Joint Strike Fighter program from which the F-35 is derived should be taught at the ...

Northern Reflections: Underhanded Economists

The F-35 fiasco should serve as a cautionary tale: beware of politicians who claim to be economists. For, Andrew Coyne writes, — even as the Harperites peg the cost of those jets at $45.8 billion — they still can’t bring themselves to tell the truth: Now, this increase in the reported price does not mean ...

Northern Reflections: Fraud — Pure and Simple

In case his readers have forgotten, Jeffrey Simpson reviews the increasingly tangled web of deceit which surrounds the F-35 fiasco: The contract, insisted the government, would cost $9-billion for the aircraft, and $7-billion for maintenance over 20 years. Over and over, Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Defence Minister Peter MacKay and the entire Conservative chorus repeated ...