On Hugh Hewitt’s radio show on Monday, Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK), ranking member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee, made an appearance to express his disapproval of the elimination of the A-10 Warthog and the Tomahawk and Hellfire missiles systems.He also emphasized the elimination of these systems sends the wrong message to Russia, which under the leadership of Russian President Vladimir Putin has been making aggressive plays in Eastern Europe.
“[R]ight now there are 80,000 Russian troops in Ukraine,” Inhofe said. “I just got back from Georgia. Georgia has said, and this is right before the Winter Olympics – they said that Putin is going to do the same thing in Georgia and all the rest of the countries. Right now in Moldova, in this Transnistria – I think you have probably been talking about that – there are 1,200 Russians over there. They are laughing at us because they know we don’t have the capability to send over – you know we might send over a few of our leftover F-22s to Poland or someplace like that.”
“But the biggest danger that we face right now and this is a thing Hugh that no one ever talks about is the fact that our ground-based interceptors are all on the West Coast and the one that we had set up, and you remember we actually got permission from the countries of the Czech Republic and Poland to put one there that would protect us from something coming either from North Korea or Iran. Now without that, we don’t have the capability of what they call shoot – look and shoot. If you have that capability, you can almost be 100 percent certain we knock down any missile that would come in. So that’s the big scary thing right now – it’s the conventional weapons what they’re doing to this country and again, I’m just glad you’re interested because nobody else is.”
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