Pilots, maintainers and support personnel from the active duty 388th and Reserve 419th Fighter Wings and 12 F-35A Lightning II jets will travel to Kadena Air Base for six months as part of the U.S.’s ongoing security presence in the area, known as a theater security package. This is the second deployment of the F-35As stationed at Hill AFB, following a short show of force in RAF Lakenheath earlier this year.
Two weeks ago, the U.S. launched 59 Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles (TLAMs) against Shayrat Air Base in Homs Province in response to a recent chemical attack carried out by the Russian-Backed Assad Regime. The attack was unsuccessful by most military measures. In fact, as far as Assad is concerned, militarily nothing has changed for the worse.
So why risk so much for a largely ineffective strike against an airbase? Why use TLAMs against hardened targets when B-2s would have made more sense? Why deploy a carrier group to the East Sea? To send a message to North Korea.
American geopolitics is something that every voting citizen should know, but is seldom taught in public education institutions. With so many trillions of tax payer dollars dedicated to keeping these geopolitical areas open and amiable to US interests, it's only fair that American voters know of at least a couple of them.
In today's world, education is something of a hot topic, and experts have been scratching their heads and arguing among themselves for the better part of a decade on how to copy the results of some amazing education systems in countries like Finland and Japan. Sadly, this new theory of education is going to be too late to increase the quality of education in millions of students today. Ignoring the student loan "crisis" for a moment, we can all agree on one thing: collegiate studies are become exponentially more expensive and the quality of education is not getting any better. So while it may be too late for millions, we need to understand the problem and move past it soon so that we can help those that come after us.