I wonder how the Senate Armed Services Committee would feel about the U.S. DOD boss Panetta going around telling fairy tales about F-35 progress?
For example, today, Panetta is happy to say to Italy that the F-35B just came off 'probation' due to progress.
The SASC wasn't convinced.
Panetta's canned talking points about the U.S. being "committed" to the F-35 program aren't credible.
This gives him the appearance of being an empty-suit when instead he should be showing concern about the hurt this program is putting on everyone. He is acting like a seller of the aircraft.