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?