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Italy’s ‘pacifist’ government steamrolls purchase of 27 more F-35 jets

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Commentary. We could never have imagined that a government consisting of the M5S, LeU and PD would give the go-ahead to the F-35 purchases, toeing the line dictated to them by the Lega.

written by Giulio Marcon

Topic Italy

December 6, 2019

A little more than a week after the approval of the parliamentary motion asking the government to “evaluate” the F-35 purchase program, Italian Defense Minister Lorenzo Guerini announced the approval of the transition to the second phase of the program: Italy will be buying another 27 fighter-bombers from the US, in addition to the 28 we’ve already bought. And in a few months, phase three (the final one) is also expected to be approved, and that will be the end of it.

The government must have worked at supersonic speeds, because we have never seen an “evaluation” be completed in such record time before (although one shouldn’t ask by whom, how, or where such an evaluation was performed). In reality, the Conte 2 government seems to have decided to ignore the request contained in the motion by the majority........

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