Jul 21 2009
The Israeli Air Force was very generous in sharing its proven aerial battle tactics paid for in their blood, to help the US training syllabus. Top Gun, the Navy Fighter Weapons School, trained students on unique and successful tactics pioneered by the IAF.
While America has been selling the IAF our very best Fighters we have been concurrently making our best Fighter aircraft also available to Japan. “The IAF would be happy to equip itself with 24 F-22s but the problem at this time is the US refusal to sell the plane.” Unfortunately, Israel’s September 2008 request for its first 75 F-35s would end up costing them an estimated $15 billion – or about $200 million per plane. All in return for a fighter with poorer air-to-air performance than the F-22, and less stealth.
America, Israel and Japan are now at a crossroad. America may not be able to sell an export version of the best fighter in the world, the F-22, to Israel and Japan. The reason is the Administration’s current insistence on holding fast to a DOD-budgeted production run of F-22s that will stop soon at 187. The harsh reality of stopping F-22 production will be two American allies who are in increasing mortal danger will not have access to the absolute best when they really need America’s help.
I jumped into discussing Japan after focusing on Israelis’ needs for Air Dominance because Japan has a similar problem, but also a unique military situation. After the war Japan embraced the great vision of General MacArthur and renounced offensive war. They have a very capable self-defense force but need significant help because the military threat against Japan is growing.
In return for a limited Self Defense Force, Japan trusted America for strategic protection. That trust may tragically now be put to a harsh and real world test as North Korean Missiles fly over Japan and a Nuke is cooked off by an insane regime practically in their back yard.
Currently the Administration’s challenge to the rogue actions of North Korea’s “Dear Leader is to use stronger “Diplo speak” language and nothing more except still giving the PRC diplomatic credit for being helpful. The reality is The Peoples Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) is rapidly modernizing in both quantity and quality and the PRC is enabling North Korea and the Dear Leader to go crazy. Japan is facing their most significant military problem since they renounced offensive war. The F-22 would be a huge and unambiguous signal of American support in this increasingly dangerous time in Asia.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, Iran is questing for a nuke to wipe Israel off the map. Both Israel and Japan are longtime trusted allies desperately needing the best Fighter America can provide. Bad actors such as Iran, North Korea and the PRC, should know their actions will trigger real world consequences from America.
The F-22 Raptor puts a marker down that America stands with our allies when it really counts. The F-22 is the ultimate deterrent Aircraft for Israel and Japan, because it is so dominant and therefore would increase stability in both regions. Any adversary will think twice before attacking because it has no defense against F-22 including hiding behind a Russian state-of-the-art S-300 Air defense missile system.
Israel and Japan gave us their trust and we must be able to sell both countries the best fighter in the world the F-22 – the Raptor. It is a debt of honor that transcends marginal American DOD budget debates. AMERICAN THINKER
Bob Simon of 60 MINUTES with the Israeli Air Force.
About halfway through, Simon can’t help but reveal his pro-Arab bias. Surprise, surprise.
And if you don’t think that the UN is out to destroy Israel, explain this: UN troops helped Lebanese infiltrate Israel.
Israel this week issued a letter of complaint to the United Nations claiming that its soldiers under the command of UNIFIL in southern Lebanon actually aided a group of Lebanese civilians in infiltrating northern Israel at the weekend.
Israeli Ambassador to the UN Gabriela Shalev said that UNIFIL troops stationed in the area were perfectly aware that the group of some 12-15 Lebanese were moving into northern Israel and did nothing to stop them. She said that according to some witnesses, the infiltrators actually coordinated their movements with UNIFIL personnel on the ground.
Shalev said the incident highlighted a worrying pattern of behavior, both on the part of the Lebanese and the UN forces mandated to prevent another conflict between Israel and its northern neighbor. ISRAEL TODAY