In the newsroom: Afghanistan, flooding and bad news for the F-22
Published: March 27, 2009
Well, Afghanistan dominates everything today, of course. But we're hearing some other stuff.
The airmen from Grand Forks Air Force Base and the North Dakota National Guard are pitching in where they can, hoping to hold back the waters of the Red River. Some 1,700 Guardsman are now filling sandbags. Check out the local coverage.
The whole community has mobilized. Fargo Mayor Dennis Walaker says, "We want to go down swinging if we go down."I just got back from rebuilding some houses in the Lower 9thof New Orleans, and can tell you first hand -- there's nothing like the feeling you get when a community is pulling together. My thoughts arewith those tough, tough North Dakotans and Minnesotans.
An Air Force accident board is trying to figure out what went wrong in the F-22 crash near Edwards AFB in California on Wednesday. We lost Lockheed test pilot David Cooley, a former Air Force fighter jock. Our thoughts go out to his loved ones.
But this crash couldn't have come at a worse time for the Raptor program.Here's the DOD, looking at ways to make cuts to its budget, and the F-22 is right up there on thechopping block. We'll know next month.
Back to Pakistan. The New York Times' Carlotta Gall interviewed top Taliban in Islamabad to get this piece. That's one gutsy lady. I'd buy her a round.