Forget all the idiocy of the poor Israelis who are on their way to get stuck with this lemon.
Instead, notice the rest of the article. You have people like Representative Kay Granger who think the F-35 will be useful in future combat.
"China is preparing for the future, Russia is preparing for the future, we have to prepare for the future and the F-35 is the future."
I wonder how that is so?
Granger, like some other proponents of the F-35 thinks delays are anyone but Lockheed Martin's fault. I wonder why that is? It is a known pattern with F-35 cheerleaders.
Granger, the former Fort Worth mayor who plays a key role as chairwoman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State-Foreign Operations and as a member of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, blamed changing Pentagon requirements for delays and the higher price tag.
So the answer is this. Look at the PDF below which shows political contributions from Lockheed Martin in general and Lockheed Martin officials specifically to Rep. Kay Granger. Notice all the names on there that anyone who follows the F-35 program will recognize.
Kay Granger is bought and paid for. There is no other explanation for the misinformation about the F-35 program which she parrots.