No F-16 to Taiwan because of no chance of survival in attack

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    A secret Pentagon report purports to that the Taiwan Air Forces would be decimated in a Chinese missile attack and therefore it makes no sense to sell F-16's to them.
    Pentagon report backs US refusal to sell F-16 jets - Taipei Times

    Extrapolating this a little it would seem that Pentagon would also believe that land based US Air Forces stationed in that theater would also be decimated by Chinese missiles. This conclusion has also been reached by think tanks here in the US so it is no surprise.

    It appears though that the decision not to sell F-16's is because the Chinese would be offended. Why worry about whether a customer can survive an attack? Its all about the money and jobs isn't it?
     
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    Uncle Ferd says dem politicians find it hard to tell dem lobbyists No...
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    The "they would all be destroyed on the ground" theory only works in one scenario: The complete out of the blue suprise attack. Other scenarios would involve dispersal of fighters to smaller, multiple runways, increased air defense systems at main bases, a hot pad alert status, and more craft in the air at any given time.
     
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    I'm sure many of our planes would be decimated by a first attack too so no use in making them right?

    Sounds like a pussy way to cave in to the ChiComms on Taiwan.
     

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