Something is going on with the F-35. Why do I say that? Because I've seen this "bullshit" before.
First. Have you noticed the whole spat of articles that have come out in support of the F-35? Then this video hits this morning? Additionally the articles aren't containing any new information...they're just fluff pieces designed to say that all is well with the program.
Then you have that stealth budget request for additional F-35's that was stuck in the war funding bill...along with Apache helicopters for the Army (a sweetener to keep them from screaming at the top of their lungs).
What is going on? I have no idea. I do know that the political winds have shifted and that a Republican takeover of the Senate seems more likely than ever. I know that budget hawks hold sway over the Republican party...alot more than the Neo-cons.
Then we have the continuing budget drama. Obama Care is going to cost more than expected. Sequestration is expected to continue. And on top of all of that is unexpected spending on an unexpected war.
Budget? Could it be that they see a fiscal trainwreck coming? Allies? Is someone getting cold feet and about to cut orders (I keep hearing that Italy is about to go down to 45...a yellow bird landed on my window sill).
I just don't know but whenever I see a PR blitz I get suspicious.