EVEN LITTLE schoolchildren know that turkeys can't fly. New disclosures about the B-2 Stealth bomber have added weight to all the good arguments against this turkey.
The bat-winged bomber already is obsolete. It was designed for a different world -- one in which the Soviet Union was the United States' fearsome adversary. The long-range strategic missions that the B-2 was designed to fly now seem remote.
Now there is more disturbing news about the plane's capabilities. The technology that is supposed to make it undetectable by radar -- its main selling point -- doesn't work. Who needs a Stealth that's not stealthy? A major new missile system being developed for the B-2 also has malfunctioned. It is the only missile the B-2 could use with accuracy in non-nuclear combat. In the post-Cold War era, who needs a plane you can't use in a conventional conflict? No one, especially not at $865 million a plane.