The Insider today has some news I hadn't seen on the OLF. Unfortunately, a subscription is required to read the whole story.
DOLE ON OLF: In a letter to Navy Secretary Donald Winter, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole says the Navy may need to bring more than an outlying landing field to the state in order to sell the project to a community. Dole also said she will oppose efforts to put the practice jet landing field in any community that doesn't broadly support the project.
Dole indicated disappointment that the Navy hadn't made more of an effort to speak with local officials prior to the announcement. "I cannot stress enough that broad local support for an OLF is essential, and I will oppose the Navy's efforts to acquire any site in North Carolina that fails to meet this standard," Dole wrote. She added that if there is a possibility for economic benefits beyond the handful of jobs generated by an OLF, the Navy should "address the matter directly and plan accordingly."
Sounds like a big-time flip flop, but I'm still glad to see it. After all, Dole and her buddy John Warner tried for years to jam an OLF down the throats of people in Washington County when there was not even a hint of broad local support, and less than no economic benefits.
That said, I don't trust her. Because if Liddy Dole remains true to her word, there will be NO outlying landing field in North Carolina whatsoever. No community will ever "broadly support" being raped by the US Navy.