Ahead of Congress Vote U.S. Unprepared for Mission in Syria, Warns Air Force Commander

The grounding of key squadrons due to budgetary cutbacks has weakened the U.S. Air Force’s interception and electronic capabilities, says General Mark Welsh.

U.S. President Barack Obama’s decision to delay a planned military operation against Syria until the end of the congressional debates was preceded by a warning from the commander of the United States Air Force that a budget cutback in the Pentagon had severely affected the Air Force’s combat preparedness....