I sympathize with the Army’s belief that the A-10 is about the most helpful Air Force plane that now exists. A nice political move would be for the Army to put its money where its mouth is and offer to fund the A-10 for the Air Force. I mean, just write the check. As a friend says, combine it with photos of Air Force golf courses and fancy new headquarters buildings.
My campaign motto: "Take the cash, keep the CAS!"
Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military for the Washington Post from 2000 through 2008. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.