I guess once you start drinking the military-friendly kool-aid, it's hard to break the habit. That sad situation is fully reflected in today's editorial page in the News and Observer on the OLF.
The editorial is well-constructed, as far as it goes, but it fails to even address the big issue at the center of the entire OLF controversy: the Navy has not made a legitimate case for ANY outlying landing field anywhere.
If you connect the dots in all the Navy has said, it's clear that the OLF is a want and not a need by any stretch of the imagination. And by joining the discussion over which North Carolina site is best, the N&O gives the Navy a complete pass on the question that matters most: What is the long-range strategy for fighter training on the east coast?
The Navy hasn't even begun to answer that question, and until they do, discussions about specific sites are inappropriate . . . and stupid.