Air Frame: US airmen load a French military vehicle on an Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at Istres, France, for transport to Mali, Jan. 23, 2013. The United States is providing airlift, aerial refueling, and intelligence support to the French military as it battles Islamic extremists in northern Mali. (Air Force photo by SrA. James Richardson)
The picture and short caption above from today's Air Force Magazine Online illustrate the lack of true leadership in the European Union and supplements your article about a bankrupt Europe continuing to fund a GPS project that is not necessary and may never be completed. The French cannot provide its own airlift to fight al Qaeda in Mali. Yet it and the rest of the EU nations waste money on the completely redundant European GPS project. It is clear that the European GPS project is no different than the wasteful Common Agricultural Policy; i.e, a jobs program to politically connected industries in exchange for almost nothing in return.