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Hundreds of problems continue to plague the troubled Joint Strike Fighter, potentially calling into question the basic performance and reliability of the costliest weapons program in U.S. history, the Defense Department's inspector general charges in a new report.

In a 16-month investigation that began in February 2012, the inspector general's office — an agency within the Pentagon responsible for investigating allegations of waste, fraud, security lapses and other misconduct — identified more than 360 quality "issues" with the F-35 Lightning II — with 147 of them classified as "major."

Sure, the F-35 program was started under George W. Bush, but it's Obama's baby now. He cannot duck responsibility for the overwhelming number of flaws in the program. After five years why doesn't Obama have the F-35 flying high and true?

Even more importantly, the disastrous development history of the F-35 Strike Fighter (and many prior weapons systems) raises serious questions about the appropriateness of government involvement in the nation's defense.

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