November 19, 2006


Two Nations Go Fighterless (James Dunnigan, November 20, 2005, Strategy Page)

Another Pacific island nation has gotten rid of its air force. Well, sort of. New Zealand sold off its warplanes, after disbanding its fighter force in 2001. Last month, the Philippines removed from service its eight F-5 fighters. [...] Like New Zealand, the Philippines depends on its friendship with the United States for protection. American warplanes provide better protection than any jet fighters New Zealand and the Philippines could put in the air.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 19, 2006 11:09 PM

So...what are we charging them for on-call defense?

Posted by: Pete at November 20, 2006 12:44 AM

Great post: couldn't have found a better one myself.

Some of us srill don't know what empire looks like--it looks like this.

Posted by: Lou Gots at November 20, 2006 7:55 AM

Mr. Gots, this is not a function of Empire, it is a function of the Welfare state......

Posted by: Robert Mitchell Jr. at November 20, 2006 10:38 AM

Probably wise, even if the US wasn't helping. If you can't spend a billion dollars on fighters, you may as well not bother and shift that money to antiaircraft defense, helicopters, or better yet infantry.

Posted by: Mike Earl at November 20, 2006 11:35 AM
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