An old saying goes that the goal of war is not to die for your country, but to make the other poor bastard die for his. Col. Cesar Rodriguez, US Air Force (Retired) made three poor bastards die for theirs.
He was, some say, The Last Ace.
That article ^^^ is about a month old and it will take you about 20 minutes to read. But it's a good one.
At the end of it, I think you'll be sold on the notion that, regardless of what it costs, the US probably ought to find a way to upgrade our Air Force to the F-22.
Unless, perhaps, there's an F-30 for us to build.