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  • The U.S.-Pakistan F-16 fiasco

    02/04/2011 3:14:23 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | 2/3/2011 | C. Christine Fair
    At a recent event on Pakistan co-sponsored by Brookings and the U.S. Institute of Peace, several panelists cogently stressed the need for greater transparency on the parts of Washington and Islamabad as a necessary step in forging better relations. Inevitably, the sad story of Pakistan's F-16s emerged during a panel discussion. In the early 1980s, the United States agreed to sell Pakistan F-16 fighter jets. This decision was taken when the United States worked closely with Pakistan to repel the Soviets from Afghanistan. The F-16 was the most important air platform in Pakistan's air force and it was the most...