The generals are just taking advantage of this issue to try and increase the military budget. WE ARE UNABLE TO DEAL WITH SYRIA BECAUSE OF BUDGET CUTS. - Obama I never realised things were so bad I am going to spend an extra couple of hundred billion so they are able to do the job. There is no way the mighty USAF would be unable to get past Syrian defenses and carry out a mission just because some squadrons have been grounded. If this had been a serious problem it would have not been made public, it would have been discreetly presented to Congress and Obama the only reason it might be made public is to try embarrass the government into giving them something in this case probably money.
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from the article: U.S. unprepared for mission in Syria, warns air force commander