Move over, Big Mac
Richard Aboulafia, an aircraft analyst with the Teal Group in Fairfax, called the sale of two dozen fighter planes to Pakistan “a happy juxtaposition of the wants and needs” of an ally in the war on terrorism and Lockheed’s troubled F-16 line. The bigger issue for Lockheed, he said, is the chance to sell another 100 or more F-16s to India, Pakistan’s rival in the Asian subcontinent…
Despite the concerns Indian officials expressed yesterday about news of the sale to Pakistan, the analyst said the prospect of both countries buying F-16s is a positive. “Two countries that have F-16s have never fought a war.” [WP]
Just like Tom Friedman’s hypothesis, this theory does not quite hold up in the subcontinent — for it is a proxy war that Pakistan has been waging against India.
Nice one Richard, but if your theory fails, there’s always a nice State Department travel advisory that’ll save you.