it's not a savory thought; BUT... - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • eric
    • 22.09.09 | 09:40 (IDT)

    it would be foolish for israel to attempt crossing iraqi airspace without first seeking the cooperation(and nod), of the united states; which the united states would be obligated to refuse. should israel then presume to proceed regardless, its arrogance would essentially force the united states into a situation where it had no choice but to intercept and engage the israeli aircraft. anything less would have disastrous consequences for united states regional interests...AND it's reputation. let's just hope the israeli government doesn't put the u.s. to the test on this one; because it has a bumptious and defiant habit of assuming the u.s. will always turn a blind eye and protect it from consequences. but THIS time though, it would lead to direct consequences for the united states, which carry more importance than enabling another act of israeli aggression. p.s.-to those gung-ho "israeli-pilots-will-kick-ass" dreamers; you better hope it's not put the test because because you'll be eating your words. lol...and the head-to-head "training" dogfights some have mentioned don't mean much. for safety reasons, AA combat training always has parameters within which the participants must operate, and sometimes parameters are added to even the playing field when side has an edge over the other. real combat has NO parameters to limit tactics OR the advantage given by advanced avionics and computer software.

    from the article: Brzezinski: U.S. should forcibly stop IAF flying over Iraq to reach Iran
    First published 10:27 21.09.09 | Last updated 12:26 21.09.09
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