To the editor: Why isn't the U.S. Air Force using the A-10 — a perfectly effective ground-attack plane on the chopping block — to attack the Islamic State columns that seem to roam the desert with impunity? We see only "pin-pricks" by sophisticated but wholly inadequate aircraft on isolated personnel and vehicles. ("Saving the Warthog to save troop lives," Op-Ed, Dec. 1)
The Air Force should give the A-10 to
Using the A-10 (and proposed follow-on versions promptly rejected by the Air Force) as the backbone of the reconstituted Army support air force makes sense, particularly because the U.S. is not now fighting sophisticated enemies with an air force and long-range missiles, but ones with tanks and armored trucks. As Op-Ed article author Andrew Cockburn points out, the new F-35 is not suited to this mission.
James and Peggy Bailey, Banning
To the editor: Someone at the
The Air Force should give its A-10 fleet to the Marine Corps. A simple upgrade to the A-10, plus a tail hook, and the Marine aviation wings that are exclusively dedicated to close air support would have an aircraft dedicated to the "grunt on the ground."
Darcy Vernier, Marina del Rey