Thursday, February 08, 2007

Speaking of big 'ol planes...

Despite the fact the House sergeant-at-arms has said that it was he, not Nancy Pelosi, who went to the Pentagon about getting access to a military plane for her travels and even the White House's Tony Snow has called this a "silly...unfair" story, Republican representatives and bloggers and even the Christian Coalition have continued to flog and exaggerate the story of Pelosi's access to a military flight.

My question is this: Where were they when Bush's presidential campaign was using one of the very planes about which they're bitching (a C-32, the military's version of a 757)--plus a C-17 and Air Force One--and tearing up runways by ignoring the warnings of locals?
When people refer to battlegrounds in presidential races, they are usually not thinking of airport runways. But those people probably have not heard of Runway 4/22 at the airport in Las Cruces, N.M.

The runway, the airport's longest, has been closed since President Bush made a campaign stop in August 2004. It has gouges six inches deep and a hundred yards long, which the city says were put there by two Air Force cargo planes accompanying the president. Las Cruces put the damage at $2.1 million.

The city said airport officials warned the Air Force that the planes, a giant C-17 and a military version of the 757, were too heavy, and that the hot asphalt would be too soft for landing that day.

When Bill Clinton paid a presidential visit, he landed at Holloman Air Force Base nearby, said Terence J. Kelly, a spokesman for Las Cruces. When Senator John Kerry and former Senator John Edwards, the Democratic candidates for president and vice president, visited, "they landed elsewhere," Mr. Kelly said.

After a year of discussions, the Air Force has offered $600,000 for repairs.
Don't sweat it though, that $600,000 payout from the DoD coffers only would only have provided just about every soldier in Iraq with the best body armor on the market. Oops, I shouldn't post so late. But what, one wonders could the DoD do with that $600,000?

P.S. By the way, if this is the first your hearing of this, it's because, as I predicted, the press let this true story die, but the myth of Clinton tying up LAX for a haircut lives on.

3 Comments:

Anonymous Michigan J. Frog said...

Good post, but this part seems mistaken:

Don't sweat it though, that $600,000 payout from the DoD coffers only would only have provided just about every soldier in Iraq with the best body armor on the market.

According to the linked article, the armor costs roughly $6,000 a piece. So that payout would buy 100 soldiers the best body armor on the market.

6:09 AM  
Blogger Nitpicker said...

You're right. I misread the price of the armor.

6:38 AM  
Blogger merlallen said...

Why does Pickled Bush get to fly on the tax payer dime all over the country to try to get people to like her worthless husband? We didn't elect her, either.

6:15 AM  

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